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Last month we wrote about things to consider when hiring an architect (if you missed this post, click here).  Once you’ve decided on an architect, now what? Today we’re going to talk about the architectural design process and go into more detail about what you can expect when working with an architect. We’ll look at the major steps involved and what you can expect when working with an architect on your custom home or remodel.

PROGRAMMING (pre-design phase)

Architectural programming is the thorough and systematic evaluation of the interrelated values, goals, facts, and needs of a client’s family and the surrounding community. A well-conceived program leads to high-quality design.

Programming is when you’ll meet with your architect to discuss all of your needs and desires for your new home.  During programming, your architect will gather information on your building site or existing home (if you are remodeling). At this time, the owner and architect will begin to form a cohesive relationship and a shared concept for the final building.

Here the scope, features, purpose, and functionality of your home is defined. Together with your architect, you develop and refine a “vision” for the project. Your architect leads you through a “programming” exercise to help you explore the needs of those who will live, work or play in the space you create.

You will be asked to consider what you want both aesthetically and functionally of your home.  What is the time frame for occupying your new home?  What are the indoor and outdoor space requirements or the likely movements and interactions of those who will be living and visiting your home?  The answers to these and other questions will provide insight into uses and living conditions; insights your architect will use to design a home created specifically for you and your lifestyle.

This is the point where the budget for your project will be discussed.   It is helpful for you to understand the costs of constructing a custom home can vary from $250 per square foot to $450+, depending on the variables of site, size, structure, and specifications.

The Design Phase of the Building Program

In the early stage of the design of the building program, the use of BIM technology to create a three-dimensional model, the model contains the building information, the software can be used to establish information model, building designers in the design process, to consider the contents of the building program, from Intercepting the drawings in the 3D building model for analysis and comparing the differences between the different schemes enables the timely adjustment of the designed schemes to comprehensively consider the form and type of the building and the design positions of the windows and doors, take the minimum energy consumption, we should focus on different aspects of architectural design different programs, choose the best solution. Among them, the information model established by using BIM technology has a lot of building information data resources, including building geometry types, materials and related components, and building performance software for simulation analysis.