The first step towards creating a design for your property is goal articulation. Together, we'll hash out the details of your vision at our initial meeting to set intentions for the outcomes of the project. We'll schedule an initial site visit and provide a project quote based on the size of the property, your goals, and the services that you want us to provide to make your design a reality. After we draft your project agreement and timeline, and then get your signature of approval, we will move forward to the site analysis process.
In order to create a well-informed design, we'll start with what exists on site. Site analysis includes an investigation of the larger neighborhood context and location in the local watershed, slopes, soil and underlying geology, sun/wind/water, vegetation, wildlife habitat, circulation and access, buildings and structures, utilities, and legal restrictions. These analyses create the bounds for the design and shape our understanding of how to better work with what exists before altering or adding anything new. We can now see the character of the property and begin to address problem areas and create solutions from an informed perspective.
After we have a clear picture of the existing conditions, we will begin to explore design concepts and draft schematics. This includes design sketches, case studies or precedents, and key elements that will contribute to the final phase of the design. Most often, we will create two or three design alternatives that align with your goals as well as the site's underlying conditions, and then we will work with you to choose the direction you want to go with your final design. Once you have provided your feedback on all alternatives and chosen a design direction, we will begin creating the final design of your site.