“THE SKETCH” Second in a Series

The sketch is the most powerful tool we have!

It is the sketch that is the language we use to capture our client’s needs and wants. The sketch inculdes the floor layout to scale, and an elevation of the Home or Cottage to see the aesthetic vision of the building.

However, the sketch is where the client dreams meet the reality of space, construction and budget.

This stage is essential to the understanding of the nature, composition and cost of the project.   The sketch is produced from our understanding of what is important to the client, whether it is function, form or flow,  and how we are able to translate all the elements of lifestyle, design and geographic into a comprehensive expression of the home or cottage.



Based on experience we feel a visual representation of the dream Home or Cottage, is a requirement to articulate the tradeoffs that need to be made.

Seeing the sketch enhances awareness. Seeing the sketch promotes better decision making for your future.

Is the proposed design aesthetically pleasing? Functional? And ultimately financially appropriate?

  • “I do not need that much space in the grand room”
  • “We need more outdoor living space”
  • “I forgot the home office”
  • “I need a mud area and a back door sink..”

 Without a sketch of the floor plan and accompanying elevation, much is assumed and sometimes unarticulated. Any client who needs to navigate through the decisions required will find it difficult to understand the choices and without seeing their ideas expressed through a sketch.

 Once the sketch is complete the real conversation about the Home or Cottage design begins.

 We need visual language to make the conversation meaningful.

 Without this step, creating a budget is not realistic or practical.

 The budget becomes numbers on a page, with no true foundation in the reality of this unique Home or Cottage.

 We make the investment in the sketch because it is extremely important to the successful outcome of the project and creating a happy client.

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