On The Drawing Board!
When it comes to planning your home addition or renovation project, the Programming and Schematic Design Phase are where the “heavy lifting” begins. By that I mean – what was once considered your “wish list” now becomes the foundation that develops the overall concept of your new and improved dream home. This is where your remodel or addition project is built – one decision at a time – where client requirements and criteria are determined and budgetary assessments are made.
A thorough Programming Phase helps maintain a more cost effective design process as your home renovation project progresses. Your family’s goals, wishes, needs, expectations and aesthetics are implemented into this phase as it lays the framework and sets the stage for what’s to come.
Once your concept is established and the programming is approved, the Schematic Design phase integrates all the design criteria gathered and translates it into a well-defined design.
The schematics tend to be the most creative and exciting phases of the home planning process. It’s where spatial relationships are considered, the floor plan’s flow is established and the exterior facades begin to take shape.
Typically the Schematic Design Phase includes:
- Preliminary floor plans, elevations, sections.
- Dimensions, area, volume.
- Site plan considerations and new addition locations.
- Room layouts.
- Preliminary material selections.
- Preliminary exterior landscaping concepts.
- Preliminary plumbing and electrical.
- Structural Engineering – such as foundation and roofing systems
- Preliminary cost estimates
- Co-ordination with any other specialists.
This is an important time in the planning process. It’s really much easier to revise and make changes to your plan now while everything is still on paper, rather than later when your foundation is poured and your walls are framed.
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Article by Lori Gilder, Architectural Interior Designer, Los Angeles, Ca.
© 2010 Lori Gilder. Interior Makeovers Inc