Thursday, September 9, 2010

Preliminary Design Process - the sketches

After an in depth analysis of the core values, lifestyle, style and desires of the client's project a detailed site analysis is taken.
Equipt with this information a series of preliminary design concepts are created to explore the wide variety of hard and soft materials, textures, emotions and building techniques specific to the clients requirements.

Below is a recent example of 4 different concept sketches that were provided to a client to address the challenge of architectural side wall cladding and planting.

Scheme A - Explore the use of stone strip cladding in a rough basket weave pattern
From sketches

From sketches

Scheme B -Explores the use of woven core ten metal steel cladding
From sketches

From sketches

Scheme C - explore the use of core ten steel panels with relief cut outs and night time back lighting
From sketches

From sketches

Scheme D - explores the use of local Sonoma field stone cladding
From sketches

From sketches

Of course there is a lot more information about the planting, lighting, stonework and focal accroutrements assigned to each scheme, but I’ll save that for another post.

The existing site :
From sketches


house things said...

That's a great looking house. Do you know what year it was built?

danger garden said...

Ok I for one am dying to know what they chose...hope you will be sharing that soon.

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

I think it was built in the 70's.
The pool looks like it was designed by either Halprin or perhaps Royston.
Halprin lived just a few streets over and Royston's office was in the next town over.
It is a very cool cantilever styled pool built on a steep hillside.- pretty amazing.

Hi Loree,
It will be interesting to hear their feedback.

phrago said...

This is a beautiful house. Interesting choices. I'm not sure what I would prefer, but I like the basket weeve stone alot. Is this the same house whose spa you've been working on...

phrago said...

Sorry for another question. The cement foundation under the bump out looks new. Is this an attached porch newly built...

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

It's a completely new project, separate from the spa project.

The cement foundation has been there all along.
They put up wood ply wood and trellis on top of that.
That's the area where we are exploring design veneer options.

phrago said...

Well, It's a fabulous house. The more I look at the choices, the more I am intreagued by the metal panel cut outs with the back lighting. How wild is that! Is this becoming more of a high end trend in CAlif? Patrick

Tara Dillard said...

Have you ever thought of what an "idea board" would look like for garden designers?

Similar to what interior designers give clients.

I'm surprised big box retailers don't have this available on their websites for shopppers & designers.

Can't wait to see your 'after'.

Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

Deviant Deziner, aka Michelle said...

Tara, all 4 concepts went on story boards.
Most of my projects go through this process.
It makes the visual process more tangible for the client and helps to explain the new and inventive materials in greater detail.
Clients are going to embrace what they know, so they have to be educated to new material, concepts, textures, etc... in order to feel comfortable in commissioning the site specific project.

24 x 36 foam core story boards with 11x17 sketches along with material samples.
In the case of the stone and or other materials that are too heavy to tack onto the board we bring those in a clear plastic box.
The 24x36 foam core boards are all placed in a large portfolio with our logo on the cover and the clients name and address.

It's a nice presentation.

Pam/Digging said...

I'm wowed by the idea of metal cut-outs with backlighting. How cool would that be!

Anonymous said...

What a fab post, Michelle. Demystifying the design process makes it clear just how much we do to earn our keep. Bravo!