This is where it all begins. In schematic design the client and designer will meet in order to begin exploring design possibilities. All hopes and dreams will be examined and prioritized as a "building program" or the list of necessary physical spaces and their relationships to one another is developed. The client’s views on architectural styles and patterns of daily living will be analyzed. An extensive multi-page client design questionnaire will be completed that will help bring priorities into focus and will serve as an invaluable touchstone throughout the entire process to follow. Budgets will be discussed and the concept design will begin to be produced. A preliminary site plan will begin to take shape and code review will commence.
It is our belief that the early design phase is the most important phase of all as it is here that the design foundation is laid for the entire project. To that end a client can expect to see many hand drawn sketches of plans and perspectives, as well as thumbnails and vignettes of certain aspects of the design when working with Matt Banow Design. There will usually also be preliminary renderings as well as rough computer and physical models produced at this stage. All design solutions will be explored to the end of establishing the best design solution.
Once the conceptual design has been developed it is then expanded upon and refined further. More drawings will be produced to flesh out the design. Major materials and construction methods are decided upon. Other professionals begin to be brought into the process such as landscape designers and structural engineers. The budget is again looked at and preliminary pricing may be obtained. The goal of this phase is to arrive at the final architectural design.
When final design has been achieved the production of full technical drawings and specifications or "blueprints" begins. These will be comprised of a full set of engineered drawings suitable for building the structure including all necessary details. At this time other professionals will be integrated into the process such as lighting, home audio/video, and interior designers.
Bidding & Negotiation:
We can help you prepare a list of suitable contractors based on our knowledge of local resources and the scope of the project. We can also assist in analyzing bids in order to ensure maximum return on the construction dollars spent.
Once construction begins periodic site visits will be conducted in order to review the progress and quality of the workmanship as well as to ensure compliance with the design intent. The designer will also serve in a coordination role between all parties in order to bring the project to a successful resolution.
In summary the design and construction process can sometimes be a stressful and complicated one but it can also be one of life's most fulfilling, exciting and creative experiences. It all starts with choosing a competent and experienced design team.