Schematic Design Phase
The schematic design phase establishes the conceptual design of the project and illustrates the scales and relationships between project components. The primary objective of Schematic Design Phase is to arrive at a clearly defined, feasible concept and to present it in a form that achieves Client understanding and acceptance.
Schematic design often produces a site plan, floor plan(s), sections, one or more elevations, and potentially other illustrative materials; computer images, renderings, or models. Typically the drawings include overall dimensions, basic finish materials, and a construction cost is may be estimated.
This phase produces a final schematic design, to which the owner agrees after consultation and discussions with the architect. Costs may be estimated based on overall project volume. At this point the project may be submitted, along with a site plan, for planning or zoning board approvals. The design then moves forward to the design development phase.