This is where we assemble all of the parts and pieces, and figure out what our big picture options are from reviewing zoning and building codes. We produce full code summaries and do the research required to determine what our design parameters are. We will also do some initial site research to confirm solar angles and any other site-specific conditions so we can hit the ground running during the design process. These parameter areas will tie into the program that we’ll be establishing at this phase.

Once we’ve got all the basics covered, now we’ll head out and measure any existing buildings so we have a set of plans to sketch over and use as the basis for our drawings. We go out and measure the existing building, and draft it in the computer to create ”as-built drawings.” This as-built set of drawings will then serve as an accurate base to begin sketching design alternatives.

Architectural programming is the thorough and systematic evaluation of the interrelated values, goals, facts, and needs of a client’s family and the surrounding community. A well-conceived program leads to high-quality design.

Programming is when you’ll meet with your architect to discuss all of your needs and desires for your new home.  During programming, your architect will gather information on your building site or existing home (if you are remodeling). At this time, the owner and architect will begin to form a cohesive relationship and a shared concept for the final building.

Here the scope, features, purpose, and functionality of your home is defined. Together with your architect, you develop and refine a “vision” for the project. Your architect leads you through a “programming” exercise to help you explore the needs of those who will live, work or play in the space you create.

You will be asked to consider what you want both aesthetically and functionally of your home.  What is the time frame for occupying your new home?  What are the indoor and outdoor space requirements or the likely movements and interactions of those who will be living and visiting your home?  The answers to these and other questions will provide insight into uses and living conditions; insights your architect will use to design a home created specifically for you and your lifestyle.

This is the point where the budget for your project will be discussed.   It is helpful for you to understand the costs of constructing a custom home can vary from $250 per square foot to $1000, depending on the variables of site, size, structure, and specifications.