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New Home Design Worksheet

This questionnaire will help you to clarify your goals and can be used to provide your designer the information needed to design your home. It’s comprehensive, and not every question will apply to your project.

GENERAL DATA
Owner Information
Owner #1 Name:
Mailing address:
Home #         :
Work #:
Cell #:
E-mail:
Preferred time and place to call:
                                                     
OWNER #2 NAME:
Mailing address:
Home #:
Work #:       
Cell #:
E-mail:
Preferred time and place to call:                                                                                                                  

If this is for a home design, what is the size of your current home?
                                                                      Square feet
What is it constructed of?

Will the project serve as your fulltime residence?                     Y / N
If no, months you expect to be in residence:
Probable months of most frequent use:
Probable months of least use:
Will you use a house sitter when away?                    Y / N
Describe your personality(ies) and daily routines:
Do you have pets?                                                                                  Y / N      
If yes, what type(s)?
Are pet doors or rooms required?                                        Y / N      
Please describe:
Interests/Hobbies:
Are additional rooms required for these purposes?
Please describe:
Do you work at home?                                                                          Y / N       How often?
Do you want an office in the home?                                     Y / N
Please describe:
Active Sports:
Are you sensitive to noise?                                                          Y / N      
What type of lighting do you prefer?
What areas require the most privacy?
What areas should be most public?
Any special health needs or disabilities?
Will you care for older family members in the future:             Y / N
Specific needs:
Are there other houses, places, gardens, etcetera… that you remember having the feeling that you want your house to have? (Please include photos, magazine clippings, sketches, etcetera…)
What have been the principle irritations and inconveniences found in former dwelling(s) with respect to:
Closets?
Bathroom fixtures and layout?
Kitchen Arrangement?
Other concerns?
Remarks:                                                                                                                      
Desired Building
Physical Address of Building Site:
Are there applicable architectural restrictions or covenants in this location?   Y / N             
(Please provide to designer with this form, if Yes.)
Desired Size:                                                 square feet
Budget for project $:                                                                                                                                             
Desired construction start date:                                                                                                                 
Desired completion date:                                                                                                                             
Will you be seeking construction financing?                             Y / N      
Will your project be     owner-built            or            contractor-built?    (circle one)
Will you use phased construction?                                            Y / N
Please describe:
Should we plan for future additions?                                          Y / N
Please describe:
Names and ages of full-time residents:                                                                                      

Is there a special image that you want your home to portray?
What do you want the house to communicate about your lifestyle?
                     
Extra space for storage or other use?                          Y / N       Use(s):                                                   
Additional buildings: guesthouse                                Y / N       size:                                          square feet

Goals
Please rate the following: (1 = highest 6 = lowest priority)
      green building (energy/water conservation, green materials, etcetera…)
      beauty
      function/performance
      health
      outdoor orientation (outdoor living areas in addition to views)
      economy (hold down size, cost, and maintenance)
Exterior Features
      Traditional pueblo/adobe (parapets/flat roof, portals, etcetera…)
      Traditional territorial style (pitched metal roof)
      Contemporary pueblo/adobe
      Contemporary territorial
      Alpine
      Solar
      Custom one-of-a-kind
      Other
      Please describe:
Exterior wall construction:
      adobe / stucco
      brick
      earth berm
      frame
      log
      pumice crete
      rastra block
      straw bale
      stone
      timberframe with infill
      wood 
      combinations as appropriate
      leave it to the designer
      Other                      Please describe:      
Roofing type and color:
      Dormers:
      Skylights:

Fireplace cladding:

Windows:

Doors:

Remarks:

General notes on finishes:
      budget finishes
      natural and non-toxic materials/finishes
      rustic and earthy
      standard regional finishes
      upscale finishes and craftsmanship
      introduce original or exotic details
describe:
                                      clean & contemporary

Non-toxic materials:
      exclusively
      as much as is reasonable
      don’t care

Preferred ceiling heights (common 9’-0’ throughout and 12’-14’ in great room):
                                      feet throughout                                     feet in Great Room

Color Scheme(s):

Favorite Textures:
Guest Information:
Do you regularly have guests?                                              Y / N      
How many guest rooms do you need? (Indicate Number)                                       
Do any of your guests have special needs to get around your home?  
 Y / N
If so, please describe:
Social Activities:
How frequently would afternoon or evening guests be entertained?
                Weekly         Monthly        Yearly
      Will they stay? (circle all that apply)
Overnight?             Weekends?             Longer?

Types of parties most frequently given      (circle and indicate the usual number of guests for each)
      Dinners                                                  Guests
      Bridge/Cards                                          Guests                  
      Garden Parties                                       Guests
      Teas                                                        Guests  
      Club Meetings                                       Guests  
      Luncheons                                             Guests
      Dances                                                    Guests
      Musicals                                                 Guests  
      Cocktails                                                 Guests
      Buffets                                                    Guests  
      Children’s Parties                                   Guests  
      Television / Movies                               Guests  
      Other                                                      Guests
Describe:
Design
Room Checklist
Check all desired rooms:
      formal entry
      mudroom
      greenhouse 
      living room
      dining room
      kitchen
      great room (kitchen/dining/living in one space)
      utility
      laundry
      walk-in pantry or                   combine w/utility?
      Powder room
      media/family room (TV, audio, etcetera… We used to call it a den.)
      study/office/library
      art studio
Describe:
      meditation
      wine cellar
      basement
       recreation room (billiards, games tables etcetera.)
      workout/gym
      master bedroom (details to follow)
      master bath
      master dressing room/closets
                                                     
Room Design Criteria
FIRST FLOOR
Guest Lavatory/ Watercloset:     Y / N
Coat Storage:                                                Y / N                       Area required:
BED ROOMS
Bedroom 1: Master
Bed Size:        King                        Queen                     Full         (2) Twins
Other Furniture Requirements (please provide measurements):
Do you prefer morning sun?      Y / N
Do you read in bed?                     Y / N
Fireplace?                                      Y / N                       gas  or  wood
TV?                                                               Y / N      
Safe?                                                              Y / N              Location:         

Dressing Area
Open to bedroom or separate room?
Relationship to bedroom?
Do you want built-in:
Drawer space?                Location:
Dressing table space?          Location:
Do you want a vanity/ mirrors?  Location:
Closet/ Storage Space
Spatial Relationship to Dressing Area, Bedroom, Bathroom?
Walk in                         Y / N      
Off Bedroom                Y / N      
Off Bath                        Y / N      
Between                        Y / N      
Do you want separate His and Hers closets?              Y / N

Indicate the type of storage for each item type (hanging, folded etcetera.) and the space requirement for each (i.e. 3 big drawers, 2 shelves, 2@ 8’ hanging rods, etcetera.)

What type of shoe storage you would prefer: (circle one)
Shoe rack                shoe bag  built-ins
Would you like out of season clothing storage?        Y / N
        Within the room or outside?
Storage required for Games / Toys / Books / Desk?   Y / N
      Please describe:
Finishes
Floor Finish
Bedroom:
Dressing Area:
Closet Area:
Wall Finish
Bedroom:
Dressing Area:
Closet Area:
Ceiling Finish
Bedroom:
Dressing Area:
Closet Area:
Windows:
      Window Coverings:

Bedrooms 2-5 (copy and paste for as many as required)
Bed Size:        King                        Queen                     Full        
(2)Twins Bunk Beds
Other Furniture Requirements (please provide measurements):
Do you want morning sun for children’s rooms?     Y / N
Do you expect your kids or guests will read in bed?                  Y / N

Dressing Area
Relationship to bedroom?
Do you want built-in:
Drawer space?                              Location:
Dressing table space?                   Location:
Do you want a vanity/ mirrors? Location:
Closet/ Storage Space
Spatial Relationship to Bedroom, Bathroom?
Walk in                         Y / N      
Off Bedroom                Y / N      
Off Bath                        Y / N      
Between                        Y / N      

Indicate the type of storage for each item type (hanging, folded etcetera.) and the space requirement for each (i.e. 3 big drawers, 2 shelves, 2@ 8’ hanging rods, etcetera.)

What type of shoe storage you would prefer for children’s rooms: (circle one)
Shoe rack                shoe bag  built-ins

Storage required for Games / Toys / Books / Desk?
      Please describe:
Finishes
Floor Finish
Bedroom:
Closet Area:
Wall Finish
Bedroom:
Closet Area:
Ceiling Finish
Bedroom:
Closet Area:
Windows:
      Window Coverings:
BATHROOMS
Master Bath
Private or Shared?
Is there access from:
The Bedroom                               Y / N      
The Hallway                                 Y / N      
The Dressing Area                       Y / N      
Should the bath area be open or enclosed?
Do you want a bathtub?                              Y / N       Type preferred?
      Jetted?                                                     Y / N      
Do you want a shower?                               Y / N       Type preferred?
      Multiple shower heads?                        Y / N      
      Steam unit?                                            Y / N      
      Bench?                                                    Y / N      

Vanity
Number of basins?      
Should there be storage/ drawers below? Y / N        
Special fixtures/ faucets/ accessories?         Y / N      
      Please describe:
Chairs/ stools?                                             Y / N      
Cabinets
Do you want a medicine cabinet?                Y / N      
If yes, do you want it built- in?
Do you want a towel/ linen/ toilet article cabinet? Y / N         
       If yes, do you want it built- in?
Water Closet
Located in the main area or in an enclosed space?     
Do you want a bidet?                                   Y / N                      
Electrical
How much natural light do you prefer and in which areas?
What type of artificial lights do you prefer? (LED, Fluorescent, incandescent)
What type of light fixtures do you prefer? (uplight in ceiling, ceiling, wall, lamps, drop, recessed?)
Finishes
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Window Treatments:

Bathrooms in other bedrooms
(copy and paste for as many bathrooms as you want, then number them)
          Number Required:
Private or Shared?
Bathtub?                                       Y / N                       Type preferred?
Shower?                                        Y / N                       Type preferred?
Shower/bathtub combo?             Y / N                       Type preferred?
Will one of these baths double as a powder room for non-overnight guests?                                                        Y / N      
Vanity
Number of basins?      
Should there be storage/ drawers below? Y / N        
Special fixtures/ faucets/ accessories?         Y / N      
      Please describe:
Chairs/ stools?                                             Y / N      
Cabinets
Do you want a medicine cabinet?                Y / N      
If yes, do you want it built- in?
Do you want a towel/ linen/ toilet article cabinet? Y / N         
        If yes, do you want it built- in?
Water Closet
Located in the main area or in an enclosed space?     
Do you want a bidet?                                   Y / N      



Electrical
How much natural light do you prefer and in which areas?
What type of artificial lights do you prefer? (LED, Fluorescent, incandescent)
What type of light fixtures do you prefer? (uplight in ceiling, ceiling, wall, lamps, drop, recessed?)
Finishes
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Window Treatments:
Public Spaces in the Home
Do you prefer formal/traditional separation between the living, dinging, and kitchen, or an open plan which provides functional and aesthetic divisions but creates a “great room” feel? Check:
      all three rooms separate
      LR and DR open to each other
      Kitchen and DR open to each other
      all three open to each other

KITCHEN
Size:
Shape:
Solar Orientation:
Relationship to the rest of the house:
Walk-in pantry:                           Y / N
Island:                                           Y / N                       Area required:
functions: (e.g. cooktop, eating/bar, prep)
        Table Space:                          Y / N                       Area required:
        Bar Space                              Y / N                       Area required:
Eating/congregating in kitchen:
      stools at island
      stools at peninsula
      breakfast nook with table for 2-4
      country kitchen for 4 +
      no seating in kitchen
Minidesk                                       Y / N      
TV                                                 Y / N      
Appliances
cooktop:                  Y / N       #___burners    Finish:
grill:                                        Y / N      
gas   or   electric     (circle one)
Finish:
hood:
                range hood
                downdraft
                microhood combo    
Finish:

wall ovens:
gas   or   electric     (circle one)
single oven             Y / N          Standard or Convection?   
Finish:
oven above and below            Y / N         
Standard, Convection, or one each?           
Finish:
micro above, oven below:      Y / N         
Standard or Convection Oven?                  
Finish:
microwave separate                      Y / N          Finish:
refrigerator:
side by side                             Y / N
French door with freezer below            Y / N        
built-in (subzero style)          Y / N    
water/ice in door                    Y / N
refrigerator drawers in cabinet system Y / N
Finish:
separate freezer                             Y / N                       location:
wine cooler                                   Y / N                       # of bottles:            
compactor:                                    Y / N
dishwasher:                                  Y / N                       Finish:
sink: double tub:                           Y / N
      stainless or             enamel or                composite?
      Rim mount or        undermount?
Disposal:                                 Y / N
instant hot water:                  Y / N
soap dispenser:                       Y / N
reverse osmosis filtration system         Y / N
2nd prep sink:                                                Y / N
__stainless or __porcelain or__composite?
__rim mount or __undermount?
Disposal:                                       Y / N
instant hot water:                         Y / N
soap dispenser:                             Y / N
reverse osmosis:                           Y / N
What other appliances do you require?
Storage
Under counter storage:
Above counter storage:
Pantry:
Bulk food storage:
How will linen, silverware, and flatware be stored?

Finishes
Butcher Block:             Y / N                       Size:
Countertops:                                tile           granite                   
maple                             copper                     soapstone               
Fireslate                        Richlite                   Paperstone             
Icestone         Zodiac                     Corian                    
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Window Treatments:
Remarks:

DINING ROOM
Size:
Solar Orientation:
Relationship to the rest of the house:
Furniture (Indicate the type preferred, quantity, and finish)
        Table:
        Chairs:
        Sideboards:
Storage (Indicate the type preferred, quantity, and finish)
        Flatware/ silverware/ serving:
        Table Linens:
        Liquor/ Wine:
Finishes
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Window Treatments:
Remarks:

LIVING ROOM
Do you use the living room for entertaining and special occasions, using the media/family room to spend most of evenings? Y / N
How many people should the LR seat?                      
Do you need generous space for wall art? Y / N
Please describe:
Low voltage lighting for artwork?                        Y / N
Solar Orientation:
Relationship to the rest of the house:
Size of room:
Furniture (Indicate size, quantity, finish):
Fireplace?                                                                      Y / N      
gas  or  wood
Storage (Indicate type, quantity, finish):
       Do you want built-ins?
      Book shelves?


Equipment (Indicate how it will be stored)
       Stereo:
       T.V. :
       Computer:
      Distributed audio:
       Other:
Finishes
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Window Treatments:
Remarks:

FAMILY ROOM
Size:
Solar Orientation:
Relationship to the rest of the house:
What activities will take place here?
What should this room feel like?
Furniture (Indicate size, quantity, finish):
Equipment (Indicate where it should be housed, size, quantity)
        TV/ VCR:
        Home Theater:
        Stereo:
        Recording:
        Computer:
        Integrated Light / HVAC / Theater Controls:
Storage Requirements (Indicate type, size, quantity, finish)
        Books:
        Games:
        Other:
Heating
Fireplace:
Wood Stove:
Alternative Heating:
Lighting Requirements:
        Special Requirements:
Finishes
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Window Treatments:
Remarks:


OFFICE
Size:
Solar Orientation:
Relationship to the rest of the house:
Furniture (Indicate size, quantity, finish):
Storage (Indicate type, size, quantity, finish):
Equipment Required (circle all that apply):
Computer     Typewriter    Files    Audio-Visual    Phone
Special Requirements:
What should this room feel like?
Remarks:

LIBRARY
Size?
Solar Orientation?
Relationship to the rest of the house:
Furniture (Indicate size, quantity, finish):
Storage (Indicate the type preferred, quantity, and finish)
        Hi- Fi/ Stereo/ T.V.:
        Books:
        Display Units:
        Other:
Do you want built-in shelving/ seating?
Do you want a fireplace?
What type of lighting?
Finishes
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Window Treatments:
Remarks:

RECREATION / GYM / YOGA
Size:
Solar Orientation:
Relationship to the rest of the house:
Activities that will take place here (Circle all that apply)
                Bar             Kitchen      Ping- Pong     Billiards
                Dancing        Gymnasium    Fireplace       BBQ
                Other:
Should there be bathroom facilities in this area?        Y / N
Furniture/Equipment (Indicate size, quantity, finish):
Storage (Indicate type, quantity, finish):
        Do you want built-ins?
Spa (Indicate type, size, quantity)
Sauna?
Hot Tub?
Indoor Pool?


Finishes
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Window Treatments:
Remarks:

UTILITY ROOM
Size:
Relationship to the rest of the house:
What else will this room be used for?
Appliances (Indicate the type preferred, quantity, and finish)
        Washer:
        Dryer:
        Laundry Sink:
        Cabinets:
        Sewing Machine:
        Iron Area:
        Broom/ Cleaning Closet:
Finishes
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Window Treatments:
Remarks:
Garage
Size of garage:                                                                                                                                                                                               # cars total            
                                                                                                                      # Midsize                               
                                                                                                                      # Fullsize/SUV      
Should the garage be separate or incorporated in the house?
Solar Orientation:
Relationship to the rest of the house:
Workspace required?                            Y / N                       Area:                      
Other uses of the garage (Circle all that apply)
 Woodwork     Photographic       Ceramic        Painting
      Sculpting       Model Making       Other (Describe)
Storage (Indicate type, size, quantity)
        Gas/Oil cans:
        Paints/Supplies:
        Sporting Equipment:
        Tools:
        Garden Supplies:
        Other:
Garage Door Type: (single, double)
Automatic Opener:
Finishes
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Window Treatments:
Remarks:

EXTERIOR LIVING AREAS
Size:
Solar Orientation:
Favorite time(s) to be outside:
Relationship to the rest of the house:
Type of area:
Furniture (Indicate size, quantity, finish):
Equipment (Indicate size, quantity, finish):
Barbecue     Gas   or   Charcoal   
Additional amenities:
      portals
      courtyard(s)
      fountain(s)
      outdoor fireplace
      shade structures
      roof deck
      vegetable garden
      orchard
      dog run
      chickens or other livestock
      traditional lawn      kid’s play area
      basketball hoop
      guest parking                         Relationship to the Garage?
      Swimming pool
      dressing rooms / bathrooms
      lap pool
      hot tub
      sauna
      steam bath
      volleyball court
      horse stables
      tennis court
      Other:
Lighting Requirements:
        Special Requirements?
Landscaping:                                                 Y / N
Formal or Informal:
                                                                      Any specific gardening needs?             
Remarks:

PORCH/DECKS
Size:
Solar Orientation:
Relationship to the rest of the house:
Relationship to exterior:
Furniture Required:
Accessories:
When will you spend time in this area?
Will you entertain in this area?                  Y / N
What should this area feel like?
Finishes
Floor Finish:
Wall Finish:
Ceiling Finish:
Screened:
Glassed:
Remarks:


Plan requirements for possessions
Books
Number to be planned for?
Are there any oversized volumes requiring special shelving?             Y / N
Are all to be shelved in one room?                                        Y / N

Equipment (Indicate built-in or cabinet, size, location)
I am knowledgeable about technology                        Y / N
I prefer very basic tech                                                 Y / N
Requirements: (Indicate built-in or cabinet, size, location)
Stereo/Tuner Amp/Cassette/Turntable:
      Dedicated Computer:
      Surround Sound:
        T.V.:
        VCR/DVD/CD /DVR:
        DVD:
        Computer:
        Video Games:
 Number of albums/CD’s to be provided for:
Storage (Please indicate the quantity of each)
Trunk                     Luggage  Shoes                      Handbags                Hat Boxes

Special Design Considerations
Special furniture, sculpture, paintings, etcetera. For which the house must be designed: (please provide photographs, indicate where the piece will go, and provide overall dimensions (length, width, and height))                
      Furniture 
      Area Rugs
      Piano
      Billiard Table
      Gun Safe
      Art
      Sculpture
      Other      Please Describe:

Systems
MECHANICAL

Heating (circle all that apply)
      Wood Stove           Location(s):
      Forced Air
      Radiators
      Radiant   Floors
      Other
Fuel Preference (circle all that apply)
Gas    Oil      Electricity
Cooling
                Air conditioning                    Location(s):
                Swamp Cooler                        Location(s):
               
What areas would be excluded?

WATER                 
                Filtration or conditioning:     Y / N       Location:
               
POWER
Master switch:                       Y / N       Location:
Central Surge Protection:      Y / N
Central Charging Station:     Y / N

COMMUNICATIONS
Telephone:                              Y / N                       Cordless                   Conventional         Both  
Locations:

DSL:                              Y / N                       Satellite:  Y / N                       Locations:
Wireless   or          Ethernet   or  Both

Cable TV:                      Y / N                       Satellite:  Y / N                       Locations:

Intercom:                      Y / N                       Locations:

OTHER
Security System:                           Y / N                       Type:
Smart Home System:                   Y / N      
Central Vacuum?                         Y / N
Key rack / wallet / phone desk:   Y / N       Location:

Radon abatement system (about $1/sf)      Y / N      

Water test:                   basic ($100)                            comprehensive ($300)

Whole house carbon filter          Y / N      
(replaces salt softeners and costs $2,500)

Include HRV                                Y / N      
(a ventilation system for the environmentally sensitive, about $2.50/sf)