Does a design sketch or drawing have to be perfect?
Yesterday, I was working on a master bath a layout with a new client. I was at my desk, she in her home office and we were talking back and forth on the phone. Working around some tough structural issues that affected where plumbing could be routed, we had developed an initial concept. We had really wanted to place the tub on the far left where the closet is drawn, but after a consult with the contractor our fears were confirmed, it was physically impossible. (Nothing like a great collaborative effort!)
The first iteration…
We finally ended up here. Still a few rough edges, but with fine tuning, we’re off and running. The shower footprint needs to be sorted out and I wish I could locate the vanity directly across rom the tub, but there simply isn’t room…
To maintain access to the window on the left, which we will be enlarging, we created two closets that face each other, with a window seat in between. (Built in or furniture TBD.) Sliding closet doors were eliminated quickly… My client was having difficulty picturing how the door by the window seat would operate. Would she have to move the seat every time she wanted access to that side of the closet? I said, “Give me ten minutes, you’ll have sketch wasting for you in your email.” I quickly drew this little perspective showing the door opening above the window seat and sent it to her. Her response was, “Perfect! Now I see now it will work!”
The sketch isn’t perfect. It’s loose, sloppy and probably has 43 vanishing points. But is demonstrated intent in a manner that helped my client visualize the answer to a question she had. We were able to quickly move on.
My point is, my designer friends, don’t be afraid or embarrassed by your “lack”of drawing skills. You don’t have to produce the perfect rendering or drawing. All the sketch needs to do is to be able to facilitate a conversation.
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