Schematic Design: 2nd Meeting
At this point of the Schematic Design process we have developed a good understanding of what the client wants and is looking for. We continue to develop the final product, focusing in on the finer details such as materiality, cabinets/storage, and furniture placement as we move further into the design. Typically, 3 different designs are provided in the Schematic Design meetings to develop a response to the client’s desires.
You can see in the below Right Side Elevations that the Architect provided 2 options for a rear entry, window placement for the kitchen, and different Architectural details. The second option has a less detailed “main house” outline in the background because that part of the house wasn’t going to receive a drastic exterior alteration from the design.
Programatic pieces ie: Kitchen, Dining Room, Family Room, Living Room, Bathroom are the foundation of any floor plan. How these programs are organized within the walls result in endless options. This is why communication with the client is so important, because limitations that the client provides (likes, dislikes, usage, etc.) assist in developing an end result that will be most useful and comfortable for the homeowner. Below are a series of first floor plans that begin to address small details of kitchen and furniture layouts which encourage further discussion and move the design process along.
A porch was to be added to the rear of the house. Three variations of a porch were provided to the client which all continued the existing design of the home. In this case, the details of how open the rear porch should be can only be determined by the end user. Often times the owner determines that they like pieces and parts of each design and in the next meeting they would like to see those combinations together in one design.
On the second floor, there was a request for a Master Bedroom, Master Bath, Laundry Room, Bedroom and a possible second Bath. The Architect provided options for the client to visualize the usage of each space and the adjacencies of each programatic piece for maximized functionality. The stairway to the attic space also provided the client the option for additional storage/closet space in the attic.