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        We will check the local permit required for your project and covenants impacting the property, review environmental issues, flood zones, and assess overall local and planning consents. Arrange for consultants as necessary. Seek pre-planning advice, local Trust and/or engineering review if necessary.


        The program is an architect’s way of saying, “list of rooms or functions”.  What will we be programming into your home? You have probably thought of that already and we will just highlight the order and significance. For the major spaces, it’s also useful to describe the character of those spaces. If there are particular needs regarding sizes or adjacency of spaces, i.e. “the kids bedrooms should be on the same floor as ours”, it’s good to know those up front.  We will apply square metre estimates to this list of spaces and assign estimated cost to the total project square footage.  We then compare the estimated cost of the home to your budget.  If the two don’t align we revisit the requests for as long as it takes to reconcile the two.  It is much easier to align your budget with the brief of the home before we embark on the design process.  The schematic design will begin fixing ideas and expectations into an image of a home and once this happens it’s markedly more difficult to give things up.

        In this stage we may use hand drawn sketches but not exclusive. Sometimes we may use the accuracy of a computer generated drawing in order to achieve higher degree of accuracy to assure all your requirements fit. We may also use 3d computer generated images to show our design intent. These can be obtained for additional fees. 


    Because the building site is a strong generator of ideas and building forms for us, we begin all new projects with an analysis of the site.  We look at the local site conditions - climate, wind patterns, topography, and other significant features that are particular to your site.

Concept Design

We take the information gathered in the Pre-design phase and generate two design options. We like to begin by drafting a narrative for the project, often called a ‘concept’, which we can reference throughout the project. We will refer to this initial concept throughout the design process. 

These are not final ideas or fixed plans, they are meant to be conceptually evocative and to incite new ideas and feedback from you. We will engage in a discussion with you where you will be fully involved and engaged in the process (or at least as much you wish).

Planning Approval and other permits

At the end of the previous phase we will submit to the local planning authority to obtain a Planning Approval. If our attendance is required to approach the council in a Pre-Planning meeting or downhill meetings, this can be arranged separately.