The excitement and enthusiasm homeowners feel during Schematic Design is wonderful. For the first time people see what things might look like, how their house will change. It can be intoxicating and a bit overwhelming.
Hand Sketches & Prototypes
During Schematic Design, DLD develops drawings,models, or other media that explore design options and alternatives. Design is not a linear process - there are starts and stops, dead ends and discoveries that lead to new considerations. The process is iterative, repetitive and, at times, a little messy. This work is meant to generate ideas, explore possibilities, and find solutions not previously imagined.
Much of this process is invisible to the homeowner, but know that is how we work. We dig in to problems and search for solutions that are not immediately apparent. We work by hand, we sketch, re-drawn, and re-draw again. layering one option on top of another and adjusting as we move. It is a fast, loose and open ended design method, whose ultimate goal is to establish a singular design direction.
Although the computer and CAD software are critical tools in the design process, they are typically used to document ideas initially generated through hand-drawn sketches. Drawing by hand is faster and more fluid. It allows for multiple ideas to be considered, developed, or discarded very quickly. It's a design methodology focused on finding ideas and opening up possibilities; it's not about drawing what's already known.
Ironically, a successful design process includes a lot of discarded ideas. Most of the early options considered don't work. It's reminiscent of the days when you dropped off a roll of film to be developed. Of the 36 images, maybe two or three were worth keeping. It's the nature of the design process. Sketching allows us to "fail fast" and move on to better options quickly.
Surprises can be fun, but not in the design process - especially unexpected costs. That's why DLD obtains preliminary pricing input from a local, licensed builder during SD. In an effort to avoid unpleasant surprises during Builder Selection. Securing preliminary pricing in Schematic Design is the ideal time to verify whether or not the design direction is aligned with the project budget. Pricing at this juncture is not a final or formal bid; rather, it's a preliminary determination as to whether the project is on track, or if adjustments need to be made to the design.
Also, you are under no obligation to work with the builder DLD secures to provide the pricing.