The Pre-Design Questionnaire

This list of questions is for anyone who is
thinking about building or renovating a home

You could use the list to clarify your needs and goals;
print the questions and answer them as a starting point to planning your home-building project; or fill out the form so we can help you get started
on the path to your dream home.


As you consider these questions, keep a few things in mind:

  • Give qualitative (not quantitative) information. It's best to start with questions, not answers; that's the best way to get to the heart of the matter and reduce the risk of missing the real issues. There's always more than one way to resolve a problem or create an outcome. If this is hard, list what you like or don’t like in your house or in a place you used to live (and why you felt that way), or describe something you have seen at someone else’s house. Give examples. Use as many descriptive words as you can.

  • Celebrate differences of opinion. If there are differences of opinions amongst members of your household, document all of them. That way you can address everyone’s concerns and create something that works for everyone.

  • Don’t try to solve all of your problems, just express your desires, even if they seem at odds with each other or impossible to obtain. Problem solving comes later in the process.

  • Don’t be afraid to think about what your “perfect world” would be like. Getting a clear picture of your dream home will help you to attain it.

  • Try to anticipate future needs or changes. Think about the details that would accommodate you and you family now and for years to come.

  • Find examples of homes you like. Consider images of particular details that you like, or ones that create a good mood or feeling, and maybe pictures that you are simply drawn to. The easiest way to organize and share ideas is with Houzz or Pinterest.

  • Don't feel compelled to answer every question. If a question is not relevant to your situation, just skip it.


Answer the questions in the form below, or download the form to work on at your leisure

The Pre-Design Questions:

(Browse this form for ideas, or submit it to Trillium Architects to tell us about your project)