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This stage of design is creative and brings together all requirements. The information gathered up to this point evolves into a design which satisfies the requirements of the brief. The final design diagram should be clear, easy to understand and it must respond well to the performance specification.

You will need to be good at conceptualising in three dimensions as you work simultaneously on sketch plans, elevations and the general form of the building. This phase does not involve any drafting, only rough sketches or drawings (but lots of them).

Do not be afraid to throw away an idea if you can not get the form and function of the building and its spaces working as well as you had hoped.

Example design diagrams

Initial design diagrams

Slide 1: Initial rough layout

Slide 2: Initial isometric drawing

Slide 3: Slightly more developed isometric


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Related articles (9 steps of home design)

DIY Home Design (main page)

Step 1. The client brief

Step 2. Performance specification

Step 3. Schedule of areas

Step 4. Table of areas

Step 5. Bubble diagram

Step 6. Site data

Step 7. Site analysis

Step 8. Design diagrams (this page)

Step 9. Sketch designs