Understanding the Architects Design Phases: Schematic Design; Design Development; Construction Documents
The Architect’s Design Phases
Working with an architect seems like a complicated process, am I right? But, did you know that most architects utilize a typical design process to complete the design services for your new home? By knowing just the basics before talking with your architect, the process will seem a lot less daunting.
There are typically 5 phases that an architect practices to complete a project. However, in smaller projects such as new homes, I usually employ only 3 of them:
Schematic design is the first phase. In this step, an architect talks with the client to determine the project requirements and goals. The architect usually starts with rough study drawings that illustrate the basic concepts of the design. This most often includes spatial relationships as well as basic scale and forms the