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ExPErTAdvice Determining RESIDENTIAL Your Final Design DESIGN PROCESS

Step 2. Initial design meeting

By Krista Martens Architectural Technologist A. Sc. T. LEED Green Associate Beyond Measure Design Inc. 306.974.3955

The Residential Design process is straight forward once you understand the steps you need to follow that combine both the practical & creative elements of a home.


Step 1. Hire a professional home hroughout the process, you’ve designerdone your homework. Now you get to see how it will all come Look for a in person has at least a together a final who design. diploma in Architectural Technology. ThisStep background combines structural & 3: architectural education and design provides an Determining the final excellent base for residential design. Ask the Most people realize that there are person or firm how many years experience multiple solutions to any one design in the industry they have & if they can question or problem. During the last provide letters of reference. Always do your research before hiring anyone. 34



This is the meeting where your home designer will take the time to create a design brief with you(see previous article). Thislikely usuallycame consists a meeting step you up ofwith several about an hour in length to compile different sketches of the spacesthis you information. here they willwestart need in yourFrom home. From there start compiling a preliminary to meet your narrowing down whichplan of these sketches requirements. best fits your specific needs. This is where we spend time determining room sizes.3. Start by measuring Step Preliminary plans your existing rooms or at least measure the furniture you areare wanting to reuse. Ifplans? you’re buying What preliminary Well new furniture sure youa prelimtell your preliminary plansmake are just that, what your planning todesign. place in ordesigner start, towards a overall home eachare room. They used for the purpose of decision making as well as pricing out the cost Often I’m asked what is a “average” of the home. Typically preliminary plans room size. I always caution that it varies include all specific relevant design floor plans, exteriorbigiven the (bungalow, elevations & site plan. You’ll see items level or 2-story) but these are good like sizes room sizes, bathroom fixtures, exterior to start with: finishes, rooflines and overall general items. Entry 5x8 Kitchen


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Step 4. Review preliminary plans Living Room you as 14x14 This is where, the client, needs to Bathroom spend some time to5x9 ensure that the plans are what you had in mind. If you’ve Master Bedroom 14x12 taken the time to create a comprehensive En suite design brief outlining 8x10 your desires for 10x10 theBedrooms home chances are there will only be minor changes needed to make that In most cases, home designers may plan perfect. Once your happy with all have a few suggestions or pieces of the preliminary designs you will need to advice to help guide you. Remember, approve the plans prior to proceed to the your designer has done hundreds, if not construction drawings.

Step 5. Construction drawings completed What are construction drawings? Construction drawings are known by many names,of blueprints working thousands, homes overor the span of drawings are most common. These his or her career and have created are many the documents construct your unique designs.used If heto or she suggests that home & obtain finalfunction, quotes on materials a layout doesn’t then you need and services. These plans include more to trust that it doesn’t. If your designer detailed information than the preliminary suggests alternate ideas, keep yourself plans. They include fully dimensions open that it might create a better overall plans, building sections, construction design that you may not have thought of. details, foundation designs & electrical plans. This need is also theofpoint all You may a bit help where to visualize drawings required to be sealed by a what is being suggested. Don’t feel Professional Engineer will be sent for bad: visualizing a home in 3D is tricky. review. Consult your designer on items Not everyone can see a 3D object from that require an Engineers involvement. a 2D drawing. To help my clients, I use a 3D design software that allows Step 6. Review construction drawings them to explore their homes. Using this approach reduces communication The industry standard is that a “check errors and saves time. Everything can set” or final set of plans are issued for be discussed prior to final construction review prior to plans being printed. This documents being prepared. is always an important step as it is likely the last chance you have to make large Homes are such a personal reflections changes to your home before the project of both the owner and the professional gets under way. Again, you will need to home designer. The best results are take time to review & approve the final always in projects where each party plans before your designer will get you collaborates to create a space that printed copies to begin construction meets the needs of the owner, but are from. also open to the ideas of the designer. These steps canissue vary from to project In the next we project will explore Step depending on the scope but this list will help 4: Elements that make your home you understand what you can expect of the your own. FHS design process. FHS