House design process

I have been learning a lot about interior architecture and design. For the class I took last semester, our assignment was to design a custom home. The teacher played the part of the “client” and there were specific requirements that were supposed to be met. We learned about how every house design goes through a specific process. There is too much to write in this blog but here is a short outline.

1. Program. The client’s preferences are put together in a document named a “program.” This program lists likes and dislikes of the client as was all specific requirements that they would like for the space.

2. Concept. The designer comes up with an overarching concept. It can be expressed in various ways but should be something the client can relate to. I chose the concept of “fresh contemporary.” Then we put together boards using various methods, like drawing a graphic or pasting photos or writing out descriptions.

2. Adjacency diagram. The adjacency diagram shows the priorities in what rooms need to be next to each other. I devised a key where various colored circles stood for the different priorities of what rooms should be nearby.



3. Bubble and block diagrams. Using circles, drawings are done to sketch out ideas exploring the different adjacencies. After a good layout is achieved, they are translated into a to-scale drawing (by eye).


4. 1/8″ scale floor plan. We then drew the plan to scale and built a little model out of chipboard. (Elephants are not necessary. See my previous blog about my husband’s “security system.”)


5. Final floor plan. The final floor plan included walls and built-in furniture and standing furniture. My project also had surprise notes from my husband I found the next day.


6. Final model. A copy was made of the final floor plan and then I built the walls out of 1/4″ foam core. I also created built-in furniture such as bookshelves and cabinets out of paper. I had to take lots of pictures from various angles.






Of course, my husband got a hold of this model, too. He even had double the size of miniatures that he used for my other model, which fit perfectly in my house.



What a lovely sight to be greeted at the front door by one of these.


My favorite was the guy in the left, in the master bathroom. The other guys on the right took over the master bathroom. That’s a pretty intimidating crew guarding what’s supposed to be a restful area of the house!






7. Elevation drawings. We had to draw eight drawings, two per room. Here is a sampling.  We were only supposed to do black and white line drawings but I added color to them just for fun using Photoshop.




8. Perspective drawings. We had to make one-point perspective drawings of a room of our choice.


9. Axonometric drawings. An axonometric drawing is created by turning the floor plan at an angle and drawing the walls and furniture up vertically. It gives a strange-looking view of the room but is more to scale than a perspective drawing because it is based on the scaled floor plan. It is useful for construction so that one can see how it might look in 3D.


A Yee

Angela Yee is a professional designer (graphic design, stage design, interior design — and teaches leadership skills at

2 comments to “House design process”

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  1. Albert Yee - January 22, 2014

    Too Cool!

  2. maxine yee - April 11, 2014

    I love it, you are amazing.

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