The Design Process

Designing a house or a renovation to an existing house is a complicated process, with many different aspects to consider.

In the broadest sense, it is moving from idea to the plans for the finished project.

Design progression

All sorts of elements need to be considered, researched and evaluated for every decision to make the design attainable.


Add the elements of sustainability into the mix, just to make it a little more complicated.


The process is really a spiral that loops back and forth, where ideas, obstacles, options, and solutions in one area affect ideas, obstacles, options, and solutions in any other area. Design is about finding the connections and synergies between things that seem like they couldn’t possibly be related.