Interview — Nervous Energy

Sweaty palms, elevated heart rate, abbreviated respiration, dizziness. If you have these symptoms it’s time to see a doctor! Wait, these are also symptoms of nervousness, excitement and even preparing for a project interview. read more →

Tutor17-Project Specs

The project specs are a description of the product quality, quantity and practices you and your contractor use to build your project. read more →

Tutor16-Project Manual

The project manual is one part of the construction documents (The Docs). It is a pamphlet that includes architecturally-unique construction details and perspective views. These details show your contractor how to construct components unique to your project. read more →

Tutor15-Project Plans

The project plans are one part of the construction documents (The Docs). The plans are D-size sheets (24″x36″) that show the builder how to build your home. read more →

Tutor14-Project Audit

The project audit is an online and screen shot review to tour the entire home. I send 3D screen shots and host an online meeting to walk through the 3D design so you can see everything. read more →


The sections are a technical drawing that is cut through the home to show structural, architectural and space for mechanical, plumbing and electrical sections. read more →


The finish schedule is a color, texture, material list. We record this information in a table for each space to simplify selection and help the contractor refine the bid. read more →


The elevations show the building face from every side. It helps me show the exterior scale, proportion, materials and features. read more →

Tutor10-Design Plans

The design plan is the refined floor plan. It includes spaces, walls, doors, windows, cabinets, electrical fixtures. It helps us organize everything in your project. read more →

Tutor09-Scheme Models

The scheme models show potential 3D design solutions that address your functional needs and aesthetic preferences. It includes all major spaces, but may not address all secondary spaces (small closets, storage areas, outdoor entertainment). read more →

Tutor08-Block Diagram/Mass Model

The block diagram is a layout diagram to show size, circulation and form. It’s not a floor plan, but is the start of one. This helps us understand how big/small spaces are, how they fit together and if the function works. read more →

Tutor07-Site/Code Analysis

The site analysis is my observation about how infrastructure, topography, location, exposure and views affects the building layout, orientation, location, materials, exterior design and interior arrangement. read more →

Tutor06-Bubble Diagram

The bubble diagram is a functional diagram to show which spaces connect to each other. This diagram helps us understand how your project works. read more →

Tutor05-Show & Tell

The Show & Tell is a photo gallery to illustrate your ideas for your project finish, features, fixtures, layout, style. Your comments and feedback help me understand what makes your project unique. read more →

Tutor04-Feature List

The feature list identifies special items such as storage systems, closets, built-ins, window seats and fixtures or all items we need to plan in your project. This exercise teaches me about your fit and finish preferences. read more →

Tutor03-AAA Matrix

The Area-Activity-Adjacency Matrix is the space list plus furniture inventory and building function. This exercise helps me understand how much space you need and how you live. read more →

Tutor02-Space List

The space list is a wish list. You list every interior and exterior space for every activity you want in your project to help me understand what’s in your project. read more →

Tutor01-Initial Interview

The initial interview is our first meeting. We interview each other as potential architect-owner partners and I visit your site so I can prepare a service proposal. read more →

How do we begin working with an architect?

How do we begin working with an architect? After you interview and select your chosen partner, you will engage in an iterative exploration discovering what you like, what it looks like and making many decisions. That means I get to know you so we can get to know your project. I developed a tutorial using.. read more →