We are excited to move forward with your project! The next steps are crucial in setting up a great
collaborative working relationship. I will summarize these in three steps, but being how each project is
personal and each relationship is different it is possible your specific needs will vary slightly.
After our initial meeting we will send you a questionnaire. Think of it as a further “getting to know you”…
we will ask questions specific to the project, your hopes for it, and other aspects which will relate but build
upon our knowledge. This questionnaire helps to influence the proposal and specifically the scope of
work for your project. Throughout the process we may come back to these questions and revisit the
answers- because like people, projects and the scope may evolve.
The scope of work becomes the basis for the proposal which outlines expectations, deliverables,
estimated project schedule, and any other items you have requested from our services. Some examples
of alternate services may include a “shopping list” to purchase items such as furniture, fixtures, lighting, or
equipment or we may include that as part of our proposal if you choose to have us do that for you.
Research is critical. We want to visit your project location, take pictures, sketch, and discover your vision.
Getting your initial impressions and how you want to express your authenticity in the project will build
upon this relationship. These may seem like small details, but these items create the basis of the vision
and the final craft of your project.
Visioning can take many forms. Often we will work from original sketches while pulling visions from the
existing site and environment, local vernacular, situational context, and most of all your story. Using
technology to begin a conversation is often helpful as visual examples help to pull together the entire
frame of the project. We always build three-dimensionally and can create vignettes of spaces to help you
see the meaningful impact rooted in an idea. Other websites such as Houzz and Pinterest help to create
a digital visioning board for your project. Diagramming, sketching, and other architectural methods help
to hone and craft the final design.
Craft: (v) exercise skill in making.
Defining the project, relationship building, and visioning help to set the tone for crafting the design. We
may begin to take on weekly meetings, discuss the direction of the design, and you will begin to see our
vision take shape. Your input is critical along the way- as we need your help to narrate the story.
Check back here for our next article when we discuss the building process!
As always, we would love to talk with you about your project, your story, and your vision- to make your