top of page
Design Development.jpg

Taking the schematic plan developed in the previous phase, we begin to create the drawings digitally. We locate it precisely on your site and think about how it will relate to the existing contour and consider how that will shape the building. We make the building real by drawing the floor plan - the walls, windows, + doors, and stairs. We define the exact sizes and relationships of the rooms, the overall volume of the building and generate the initial set of exterior elevations. We also begin thinking about materials, inside and out. Eventually we’ll know what every finish in every room is, but here we’ll conceptualize the framework for the material palette. The buildings systems will be developed in this phase as well – structural, mechanical, heating, lighting, and specialty controls.

We’ll usually meet to discuss the evolution of the design several times, each time refining the level of detail and decision.


This phase initiates our coordination with the various consultants that will bring their expertise to bear on the project. Because the work we do is very specific, we almost always use structural engineers. They ensure that our homes perform to our design expectation. Other consultants such as landscape, lighting or mechanical professionals can be brought in as necessary at this time.

At phase completion you’ll have a set of drawings for what looks like a house, but not quite enough to build from:

• Site Plan
• Floor Plans ¼”
• Exterior Elevations ¼”
• Interior Elevations
• Structural Concept
• Lighting Concept
• Mechanical Systems Concept

bottom of page