Prelude to Design
By Joseph Henry Wythe
checklist and workbook to elicit all information
necessary to design your new
The careful search for the owner's
deeply felt needs and aspirations will be rewarded by the
creation of a unique project that will be a delight to
the unique owners and others who will encounter
By a gathering of all possible
design information, a single, complete and satisfactory
design can be prepared and presented to the clients
without burdening them with the decisions based on
Budget, size, quality - Each is dependent on the other
The site - description, zoning, deed restrictions,
survey, site plan, soil types, micro-climate,
The occupants - Who will use the house? Expected changes?
Pets? Allergies? Handicapped?
Personal - the needs, preferences and lifestyles of those
who will live there.
The building - levels, site relationships, preferred
construction materials, desired impressions and
aesthetics, space characteristics, work spaces, storage
requirements and more.
Specific Room Information
Study, office, library
Recreation, play, family room
Master's and lady's bedroom
Wardrobe and dressing room
Rooms for projects, laundry, service, storage, shop
Requirements for animals