During the initial design phase, the client's overall space or design requirements are thoroughly investigated. A site visit and a discussion about general design ideas and wishes are vital to gain a clear idea of the task at hand. Very often magazine clippings from the client help define and visual the clients ideas. The industry calls this a "style file".
Preliminary study of house design concepts:
Now it is time to reflect the proposed interior plans to the exterior elevations (i.e. design of front elevation). Emphasis is put on the roof lines, type of entry, garage elevation, location of the driveway, rear deck/patio, and rear walk out design.
In the case of an addition the relation between new and old is resolved.
Exterior material choices are crucial at this point (i.e. exterior material
choice is closely related to structural construction method and overall
The interior design of the home or addition is now at a stage where
individual areas such as kitchen, entry area and bathrooms are finalized.
Elevations or free hand 3-D sketches of important interior areas are
drawn up and reviewed with the client.
Areas of Special Interest:
At this point the design-development stage is complete. All approved
floor plans & elevations that have been client-approved are revised
and the final drawing package is produced. Structural plans are coordinated
with the heating, engineering and plumbing layout. At the end of phase
five, a complete set of drawings are produced, and the building permit
Architectural Permit Drawings:
(all necessary structural details included)