Schematic Design

During the Schematic Design Phase, the Architect will evaluate the data from the collaborative Q & A session and use it as a basis for the initial design. The following items will be addressed:


  • Survey Assessment & Zoning Requirements

  • Site Review (topography, views, vegetation, drainage, access, solar orientation, wind, bodies of water, etc.)

  • Code Review: Municipal, State, Zoning & Community Laws (Includes Homeowners Regulations & Landlord Standards)

  • Aesthetic Preferences (building Style), Scale, Massing & Overall Layout.

  • General Materials, Construction Methodology & "Green" Considerations

  • Room Locations & Sizes

  • Window & Door Locations

  • Assessment of Consultant Requirements

  • Establishment of Preliminary Budget & Construction Schedule


The Schematic Phase will then be presented to you in a way that best communicates the architect’s design intent. This may include sketches, diagrammatic floor plans and elevations as well as computer line drawings and full colorized renderings. For an additional fee, or on a project by project basis at the architect’s discretion, JLB Design will produce virtual 3D color models using a software called Chief Architect. Chief Architect uses what is called BIM (Building Information Modeling) Technology to provide a clear representation of both the interior and the exterior of the finished design, including massing, aesthetic feel and materiality.