Residential Client/Owner Checklist & Questions
(or how to prepare for your first meeting with an architect)
- A general project schedule would be helpful; anticipated project start, and desired construction completion date.
- Establish a budget.
- Prepare a program (list of spaces) and break it down into must-have items and would-like-to-have items (budget permitting). This can be done in outline form.
- Compile a list of what you like and dislike about your current house.
- Summarize your daily routine, as relates to your home.
- How do you feel about open plan design?
- Where will you watch television?
- Will you frequently give parties?
- How important is a formal dining room?
- Do you regard the bedroom as a sanctuary where you spend many hours other than sleeping? Or is the bedroom simply a place to sleep?
- Do you need a private area for your computer (home office)? Or would you prefer the home office be located in a central area (i.e. in or near the kitchen)? Or will you have a separate home/office in the backyard?
- Will your car(s) be parked outside, under a carport, or in a garage? How many vehicles will you need to accommodate?
- Would you like a pool?
- Do you have need for a guest room, suite, or guest house/casita?