Custom Home – How to get started (part 3)

To catch up on this series “Custom Home – how to get started,”, part one is posted here and part two here.

In our discussion you have now decided to hire an architect and found the right one for your project. So what should you bring to the table to get the design started?

The first conversation with the architect about your design goals can be intimidating. You don’t want to overload them with your ideas, but don’t want to waste anytime getting started. So what is the best way to communicate your dreams?


The first meeting is a chance to get to know the project in-depth. We like to have a conversation about the way you live from daily routines to special occasions. It helps to have the site information if you already have one along with pictures of things you like and want included. It is also good to have measurements of any big pieces of furniture or artwork that will need a special place in your new project.

A good place to start collecting your ideas is on our Houzz page, but some clients use pinterest or the time-tested pictures in a folder. It is not important how you bring your ideas to the table, the important thing is that you bring as many of them to this first meeting as possible. The conversation will focus on everything from when you get up in the morning to the parties you host during the year. Learning about how you live dramatically impacts how the house will take shape so that you can live life to the fullest.

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