The first thing we need to do is better understand you as a person and as part of a family. We like to meet you at your home so that we can see how you currently live. This first conversation is mainly about the “big ideas” that will drive the design of your house.

Of course, we’ll need to know how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want, but we also want to come away from this first meeting with an understanding of what kind of place you want your house to be. Although it’s easy enough to define the functional requirements of how you want your home to work, sometimes it can be more challenging to describe how you want your home to feel. We’ve found that magazine clippings and websites such as Houzz and Pinterest are helpful ways to communicate more abstract ideas about the environment of your home.

It’s also important that we see where the new home or addition will be built. As well as understanding the conditions at play on the site, we’ll also need to document these existing conditions. If you have existing drawings or surveys this can help, but often we need to spend a few hours gathering the dimensions and photographs we’ll need to move forward.