New Home Design Questionnaire
The New Home Design Questionnaire is designed to help you clarify everything that’s important to you; how you live, how you want to live, your passions, preferences, needs, and goals. These details are essential for designing the home of your dreams, inspired by YOU!
It’s our job as your designers to absorb and distill all the information you provide to us from this questionnaire into a cohesive plan that captures your vision.
Take your time to make sure you’ve considered and incorporated all the features and details that will really make your heart sing. You do not want to rush the designing stage. This is where the magic happens!
The more detailed you are, the easier and faster we will be able to create design concepts that you love. Take as much time as you need to really think through your answers.
Download and print out the questionnaire below.
Considerations While You Go Through the Questions:
Do you have a general timeline for when you would like to start building or be moved into your new home?
Do you already own your lot? Yes / No
What is the address (including lot number and subdivision if applicable)?
Have you ever built a new home or remodeled before? Yes / No
If Yes, how was the experience?
What size is your property?
Building Site Considerations:
Are there slopes and subsurface conditions to be taken into account? Please describe.
Are you in a HOA? Yes / No
Does you property have a view to take advantage of?
Are there any subdivision requirements and/or local covenants that could influence design criteria such as building height restrictions, roof slopes, setbacks, or other environmental limitations?
*Note: If there are Architectural guidelines for your subdivision, please email us a
copy or a link to access them.
Will the home have:
Well Septic Municipal Water/Sewer
Are there any problems or issues with your lot that you are aware of? Erosion problems? Ecological problems?
Use of Home:
Will this be a primary or secondary home?
If primary, do you spend long periods of time away from home, or is it almost always occupied?
If secondary, how much time will you spend there and at what time of year?
Would it ever be a rental? Yes / No
Is this your forever home? Yes / No
If No, how long do you anticipate living in the home? _______
Are you designing it with re-sale in mind, or as an investment property? Yes / No
What level of wheelchair accessibility are you concerned with? (circle one)
None Entire Home Just These Rooms:_______
Do you need a stair lift or elevator, or need to plan for a future one? Yes / No
How much heated square footage do you anticipate needing?
Lower Level _______ First floor _______ Second floor _______
How much total under roof square footage do you anticipate having, including the heated, unheated, unfinished, garages, porches, etc.?
*NOTE: We highly recommend that you measure the sizes of the rooms you have in your existing home to determine if they meet your needs or could be
adjusted to better suit you.
Ceiling heights required for each floor level?
First Floor_______ Second Floor _______
Third Floor_______ Basement/Lower Level_______
What will your home be built on?
Crawl Space Slab Basement
Number of Bedrooms including Master Bedroom (circle one)
Two bedrooms with optional office/third bedroom
Three bedrooms with optional office/fourth bedroom
Four bedrooms with optional office/fifth bedroom
Five or more bedrooms (Put desired number above 5): ____________
How many Full Baths would you like? _______ Half Baths? _______
Will there be multiple Laundry areas? Yes / No
On which floor(s) do you want the Laundry Room(s)? _______
Desired Spaces for Inside of Home (circle all that apply and label which floor you would prefer each room ex. 1st, 2nd, Bsmt):
Family Room/Den Study Breakfast Area
2nd Kitchen Sunroom Outdoor/Summer Kitchen
Rec. Room Home Gym Nursery
Powder Room Laundry Room Wet Bar
Theater/Media Room Game Room Walk-In Pantry/Scullery
Wine Room/Cellar Bonus/Play Room Library
Work Area Utility Room Studio
Covered Porch Attached Garage Detached Garage
Pool House Basement Terrace Bunk Room
Home Office #1 Home Office #2 In-Law Suite
Granny Flat / ADU Garden Room Other _______
Desired Spaces for Outside of Home (circle all that apply):
Basketball Court (outdoor) Two-car Garage
Tennis Court(s) Two 2-car Garages
Dock Three-car Garage
Outdoor Living Seating Four-car Garage
Basement Terrace Attached Garage
Granny Flat / ADU Detached Garage
Summer Kitchen Screened-in Porch
Outdoor Fireplace Balcony(ies)
Private Pool Pergola
Hot Tub Front Porch
Pool Cabana Back Porch
Pool House Wrap-around Porch
Putting Green Multi-Level Porches
Car Port Covered Porch
Nursery Work Area
Do you imagine any future additions to the home that would require planning for expansion?
PIPPIN YOU-INSPIRED DISCOVERY PROCESS
The following sections focus on ways we can bring you the most value in order to design a home that is truly inspired by YOU, for YOU!
VALUE ENHANCER #1: FINANCES & DESIRES
What is your budget goal for your home and for the overall project? (choose one or more parameters)
*NOTE: The building industry has been experiencing an elevated cost of materials
and labor shortages for years. These factors have recently been exacerbated by the pandemic. Your home construction costs are likely to be higher than you initially anticipate.
We often design homes that are planned for future additional phase(s), allowing you time to save more capital and continue adding on when the time and bank account are right. Is this something you might be interested in? Yes / No / Maybe
What home styles are you influenced by and find attractive?
Modern Farmhouse Lake Cottage/Cabin Mountain Lodge
Craftsman Contemporary/Modern French Country
Asian Inspired Cape Cod Colonial
Mediterranean Southwestern Victorian
Prairie Transitional Shed
Which ONE style do you want to be the focus of your new home?
What style(s) do you particularly DISLIKE?
For the main living areas, do you prefer an open floor plan, rooms physically separated from one another, or spaces visually separated with architectural features?
What exterior and interior features are you interested in?
Exterior Brackets Exterior Columns Deep Overhangs
Double Fascia Boards Exposed Rafter Tails Exposed Rafters in Porch
Gabel Roof End Details Floor Finish on Porches Ceiling Finish on Porches
Railing Style_______ Column Style_______ Other_______
Column Style_______ Ceiling Beams Bi-Folding Glass Door
Arched Openings Barn Doors Pocket Doors
Built-ins Tray Ceilings Stone Accents
Art Niches Wood Ceilings Cove Lighting
Vaulted/Cathedral Ceilings Other_______
List which rooms you want these features located in.
Exterior Finish Materials:
Wood Siding Fiber Cement Siding Horizontal Lines
Vertical Lines Stucco Stone (real or cultured)
Shakes Vinyl Concrete
Entry features of your home:
Do you want a ‘WOW’ factor entry exterior? Yes / No
Or do you prefer a more understated entry exterior? Yes / No
Which entry door type do you prefer?
Double Door Single Door
If single door, do you want a regular 36” door or an over-sized width door?
Do you want sidelights? Yes / No
Which kind of Foyer do you prefer?
A wide welcoming Foyer A small simple Foyer
Do you want a coats closet in or accessible to the Foyer?
Is a view through the home upon entry into the Foyer important to you, or do you prefer more privacy with no view through the home from the Foyer?
Do you like to view stairs from your Foyer? Yes / No
Do you prefer a back staircase in the Garage/Drop Zone entry? Yes / No
Additional comments about the Foyer?
What views do you desire for the kitchen/cooking areas?
Do you want your sink located at a window? Yes / No
Do you spend a lot of time in the kitchen? Yes / No / Sometimes
Do you eat out most of the time? Yes / No / Sometimes
How many household members cook?
If multiple cooks, do you all like to cook together? Do you want multiple prep stations?
Are there any specific needs to be addressed in the kitchen? (height limitations, left-handedness, children’s small hands, accessible, etc.)
Do you desire any of the following in your main Kitchen:
______Dishwasher: How many? _______
______Separate cook top: Gas Electric Downdraft Updraft
______Oven/cook top combination
______Standard Freezer: Part of refrigerator Separate Unit
______Second Sink (Prep Sink)
______Architectural-type stove hood
______Cabinet style Pantry
______Pot/Pan Storage Drawers
______Wine Storage / Cooler
______Island with seating – number of stools 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6
______Island with appliances or fixtures
______Island without appliances or fixtures
What secondary activities would likely take place in your kitchen?
Eating Computer Kids’ projects
Laundry Hobbies Growing plants
Study TV/radio Sewing
Planning Desk Other: _______
Do you grill outside? Yes / No If so, how often?
Do you want a Summer Kitchen outside? Yes / No
If so, what are the features/appliances you want included?
Grill Green Egg Fryer
Pizza Oven Sink Under Counter
Refrigerator Wine Cooler Ice Maker
Beer Tap Bar Seating Other_______
Do you want a pass-through window from the Kitchen to a Summer Kitchen? Yes / No
Additional comments about the Kitchen:
What views do you desire for the dining areas?
Where does your family typically eat daily meals?
Kitchen % ______ Dining Room % ______ Porch/Outdoors %______ Other % ______
Does you family usually all eat together or do you eat at different times?
Do you use a rectangle or round table?
What are the dimensions of the table (LWH)?
How many table seats are required?
Is a separate, formal "dining room" required? Yes / No
If so, do you have specific furniture pieces that must be included in this room? Yes / No
If Yes, what are the furniture pieces and what are their dimensions (LWH)? Please provide photos of any large pieces of furniture.
Additional comments about Dining Areas:
What views do you desire from the Great Room?
Is a separate formal living room required? Yes / No
What size do you want your Great Room to be?
What items do you want in the Great room?
Fireplace Bookcases Wet bar
Window Seat Built-in Shelving Other: _______
Do you want access to the outside living spaces from the Great Room? Yes / No
Do you have any large pieces of furniture or equipment that require special spaces like nooks or alcoves? Yes / No
If Yes, what are they and what are their dimensions (LWH)? Please provide photos.
Additional comments about the Great Room:
The Master Bedroom Suite:
What views do you desire from the Master Bedroom?
How much time do you spend in the Master Bedroom?
A Lot A Little Somewhere in Between
What elements do you desire for your Master Bedroom?
Private En Suite Bath Sitting Area Window Seat
Outside Access Covered Porch Balcony/Terrace
Fireplace in Bedroom Fireplace in Sitting Area See Through Fireplace
Walk-In Closets Changing Room Make-up Area
Built in Bookcases Coffee Bar Laundry
Skylights Sun Tunnels Other_______
Are you early risers? (This determines solar orientation.) Yes / No / Sometimes
On which floor do you want the Master Bedroom?
Additional comments about Master Bedroom:
What elements do you desire for the Master Bath?
Whirlpool Garden Tub Free-Standing Tub
Separate Shower Double Sink Vanity Separate sinks
Linen Closet Walk-through Shower Doorless shower
Separate Toilet Room Make-up Area Built-in Shelving
Walk-in closet(s) Windows Skylights
Sun Tunnel Other: _______
Additional comments about Master Bath:
Master Walk-in Closet(s):
What elements do you desire for the Master Closet?
Built-in Drawers Shelves Bench
Island Ironing Board Stackable Washer/Dryer
Cedar Safe Access to Laundry Room
Automated Hanging System Other_______
How many feet of hanging space do you need? Double_______ Single_______
Do you want one large or two separate his/hers closets?
How do you want to access the closet(s)?
Bedroom Bathroom Between
Additional comments about the Master Closet:
What level of the home do you want these bedrooms located on?
Br #1_______ Br #2_______ Br #3_______ Br #4_______
Do you need a secondary/accessible bedroom on the first floor? Yes / No
What views do you desire from the additional bedrooms?
Will the additional bedrooms be used strictly as sleeping and clothing spaces, or will they be used for homework, hobbies, TV, crafts, playing, or other?
Do you want these rooms to each have their own private bath, share one common bath, or perhaps one shared bath per two adjoining bedrooms?
Any balconies, terraces, or covered porches from these additional bedrooms?
Will there be early risers sleeping in these bedrooms?
Additional comments about the other bedrooms:
Will anyone conduct business or do work at home? If so, how many people?
How many people will work from the Home Office full time?
Do you want a designated Home Office room or could a guest room double as an office? Would a small office nook suffice?
Will the Home Office require separate entry and other privacy considerations?
Do you need a Home Office that accommodates clients? Yes/No
If yes, how many clients at one time? _______
Any special electrical requirements?
Any large pieces of furniture that must be considered for the Home Office? Yes / No
If Yes, what are they and what are their dimensions (LWH)? Please provide photos.
Additional comments about the Home Office:
What elements do you desire for the basement/lower level?
Walk-Out Basement Parents Suite Bar/Wine Room
Recreation Room Fireplace Built-ins / TV
Home Theater Gym Bunk Room
Safe Room Mechanical Bedroom(s)______
Bathroom Covered Patio Grilling/Summer Kitchen
Bathroom with Pool/Lake access Other_______
Additional comments about the basement/terrace/lower level:
How would you rank yourselves?
Minimalists Ordinary Savers Packrats
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
What are your primary storage needs/requirements?
Yard Garden/Potting Area Pool/Lake Equipment
Sports Equipment Outdoor Furniture Kids Toys / bikes
Where do you want these things stored?
Garage Barn Shed
Outdoor Compartments Basement Other_______
Do you like clean lines with clutter hidden from view?
Additional comments about storage:
What are your parking needs?
Attached Garage Detached Garage Carport
Uncovered Spaces Secondary Parking Area First Floor
What vehicles and how many of each will need to be stored?
Cars_______ Trucks_______ Boats_______
Motorcycle_______ ATV/4-Wheeler_______ Jet Skis_______
Riding Lawn Mower____ Campers/RV_______ Other_______
How many enclosed garage bays are needed? _______
What elements do you desire inside the garage?
Workshop Space Work Bench Bathroom
Space for Tools Space for Machinery Above Garage Apartment
Car Charging Station Heated/Cooled Hot/Cold Water
Ramp for Accessibility Sink Refrigerator
Single or Double Overhead Doors Person Door
Storage for Materials, Wood, Paint, etc. Additional Storage
Do you have special electrical requirements?
Additional comments about parking/garage:
Drop Zone or Mudroom/Friends & Family Entry:
What do you want in the Drop Zone or Mudroom entry?
Coats Closet Cubbies Bench
Shoe Storage Sink Pet Feeding
Station/Storage Dog Beds/Kennels Dog Wash
Outside Entrance Other_______
Additional comments about Drop Zone/Mudroom/Entry:
Current Home vs. New Home:
What rooms or features do you like about your current home? How should your new home be the same?
What are some rooms or features about your current home that you don’t like? How should your new home be different or improved upon?
VALUE ENHANCER #2: LOVE & HAPPINESS
You & Your Family: (We'd like to learn more about you and the ones you love.)
Please provide a list of all household members and any special needs they may have:
Special considerations for now and the future?
Accessibility Aging Family Member(s) Young Children (How Many?)
Do you have kids now or are planning for any in the future? Yes / No
Do you have grown children who will visit? Yes / No
Do you have grandkids or planning for them in the future? Yes / No
Adult kids returning to the nest? Yes / No
Do you have a large extended family and need space for frequent guests or long stays?
Yes / No If yes, how many? _______
Do you have household pets, if so what kind and how many? Are you planning for any in the future?
Do your pets have any special requirements?
Is privacy an important factor to you?
Is there anything else we should know about you?
Please describe any recollection of a memorable house or place that made you feel good, and why (if you know).
What are your professions?
Desired workout type or exercise regimen?
What are your values and passions?
What inspires you?
Important Regular / Occasional Not Important at All
A Focus In the Background Not Important at All
What is your favorite room in your house? Why?
What part of your home do you use the least?
Is your home a place to restore, entertain, or both?
What other activities or needs are a priority, where do they take place, and what is required to support them? (ex. parenting, religion, or whatever activities are at the core of your daily, weekly or monthly life are important to uncover.)
Are your needs and lifestyles likely to change and transition as you live in this home?
Do you have any collections you would like to display? If so, what are they and where would you like to display them?
Do you have any artwork, family portraits, photos etc. you would like to display? If so, where?
VALUE ENHANCER #3: FLOW & HARMONY
How does your life flow?
What are the daily routines or habits of each member of the household?
Where in your house do people tend to gather and spend most of their time?
Kitchen Great Room Porch
Outdoors Rec. Room Other_______
How do you like to move about your home during the day?
During the evening?
What spaces or rooms would enhance your daily routines?
Views & The Great Outdoors:
What kind of connections do you want to establish to the outdoors?
What natural features on your property are important to view, enhance, protect, or experience in any way?
Which is your favorite?
Are there any features on your property or abutting your property that you want screened from view?
Are there any views that you want to achieve or avoid from a particular location or room?
What outdoor spaces are important to you?
Garden Pool Hot tub
Play Area Gazebo Fenced areas
Recreation Area Outdoor Kitchen/Grill Outdoor Dining
Storage building Water Feature/Pond Fireplace/fire pit
Cabana Playhouse Tennis Court
What transitional spaces are important to you?
Covered Porch Open Deck Open Patio
Covered Walkway Screened-in areas Other_______
How do you want your spaces and rooms to feel?
Light and Airy Cozy Dark and Cave-Like
What mood do you want to create throughout your home?
Elegant Understated Worldly
Relaxed Lively Sophisticated
Open Impressive Natural
Unpretentious Traditional Striking/creative
Snug/Cozy Comfortable Spacious
Welcoming Romantic Other: _______
Is there a message or feeling you want the house to convey to others? What do you want your home to say about you?
Is there a special theme you want to incorporate throughout the home?
Are you interested in Feng Shui? Yes / No / Not Sure
If yes, what elements of Feng Shui are you particularly interested in, or that you want to incorporate and where?
VALUE ENHANCER #4: EASE & COMFORT
Energy & Environmental Desires:
What do you want to incorporate or learn more about?
Lower Utility Bills Increased Home Value
Elevator Low Maintenance
High-Quality Construction Durable Construction Materials
Excellent Indoor Air Quality Eco-Friendly Materials
Energy Efficiency Energy Star Appliances
Solar Power Energy Passive Solar/Sun Tempering
Battery Bank/Generator High Performance HVAC
Water Saving Features Geothermal Energy
Grey-Water Systems Zoned Irrigation System
Tankless Water Heater Rainwater Collection
Net-Zero or Net-Positive Home (With A Net-Zero Energy Bill)
Central Vacuum Other_______
How important is energy efficiency to you?
Primary Concern Somewhat Important Not Very
Are you interested in Advanced Framing techniques? Yes / No
Learn more from The U.S. Department of Energy and The Engineered Wood Association
What type of floor system do you prefer?
I-joists Open Web Floor Trusses
What will the energy source(s) for the home be?
Solar Natural Gas Propane
Geothermal Electricity Other_______
What preference do you have for types of heating?
Radiant Floor Heating (Electric or Water) Forced Air
Wood or Pellet Stove Gas Fireplace Wood-burning Fireplace
Not Sure (Would Like to Learn More)
How many fireplaces and where do you want them located?
Do you favor a low general lighting level with task lighting, or a high overall level of lighting?
What kind of specialty wiring would you like in the home?
TV/Home Theater Phone Cable
Electric Vehicle Audio Video
Data Jacks Lighting Controls Security
“Smart” Features Wireless Central Vacuum
Sprinklers for Fire Protection Other _______
VALUE ENHANCER #5: HEALTH & VITALITY
What health or wellness issues concern you?
Indoor Air Quality Fresh Outdoor Air Humidity
Temperature Control Mold Toxicity Chemical Toxicity
Environmental Toxins Herbicides/Pesticides Water Contamination
Formaldehyde Free Materials Sick House Syndrome
VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds) Sunlight
Current Special Needs Future Special Needs Accessibility
Physical Pain/Discomfort Aging Other_______
Are there any family members who have allergies? Yes / No
If yes, what are the allergies?
Does anyone have difficulty moving around due to pain, injury, or stiffness? Yes / No
What type of windows/daylighting do you prefer?
Casement Awning Double-Hung
Sliders Single Hung Fixed
Skylights Sun Tunnels Other_______
Do you like broad expanses of glass? Yes / No
Do you like insect screens? Yes / No
What is the quality of light you want to achieve and where? (ex. morning sun in the bedroom, kitchen, or breakfast nook/dining area, afternoon light in home office, sunset views in living room or Master Bedroom, dark at night in bedroom, ability to create different moods in the dining room, etc.)
What spaces would you like to incorporate to improve or increase your health and vitality?
VALUE ENHANCER #6: FUN & ENJOYMENT
Interests & Hobbies:
Reading Entertaining Movies/Home Theatre
Music Dancing Playing Instrument
Crafts/Sewing Cooking Painting
Yoga/Meditation Boating Golf
Sports Hunting/Fishing Games
Astronomy Working Out Gardening
Do you own any equipment that needs to be incorporated for planned for in any way to accommodate any of the above activities?
How often do you entertain?
Often Occasionally Almost Never
What is your preferred type of entertaining?
Meals Music Games
Workshops/Classes TV/Movies Pool/Lake Side
Formal Informal Combination/Both
Average number of guests:
1-6 7-12 More than 12
Average guest age:
Adults Teenagers Children All Ages
Do you make decisions quickly or do you need time to think about things?
Do you need to see multiple options for a design solution before making a decision?
What is your highest priority during the design process? (spaces, timing, views, eco-friendly, budget, etc.)
Is there a particular way that you would like to work with us, or is there something you want us to be aware of or sensitive to?
Is there anything else you’d like to have, not mentioned on this questionnaire that would simply “knock this design out of the park” for you?
What are your “Must Have’s” in the home?
What are your “Would Like to Have’s”?
What questions do you have for us?
THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME, ENERGY, AND EFFORT!
Congratulations! You’ve officially begun laying the groundwork for your dreams to manifest into a home that is You-Inspired!
Remember, this is just the beginning step!
You may decide to change your mind later about some or much of the above information, which is both reasonable and expected.
Creating a home that is truly inspired by YOU and for YOU is a well-planned, enlightening, and demanding process for all those involved - it's well worth the time required and effort.
We look forward to getting to know you and for you to get to know us. Our openness and communication will help create the trust required for this endeavor.
We know you value our expertise and so we ask that you remain open to our suggestions and recommendations during the design process.
We intend to serve you and your deepest desires with the best solutions possible in the creation of your YOU-Inspired Home!
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