residential design process with architect Michael Lyons

Dallas architect Michael Lyons can help you to create the living environment of your dreams whether it is a new custom home, a remodel of an existing home, a kitchen or bath remodel or a project such as home addition or conversion of a guest quarters. Lyons’ command of historical architectural periods makes him comfortable working in all styles and he brings his passion for excellence and attention to detail to every project, large and small.


Understanding your needs is critical. Each custom home design or remodeling project with architect Michael Lyons begins with a series of in-depth discussions, the first of which is the client’s “wish list.” The wish list is just a starting point for the ongoing conversation and is often modified during the design process.


The next step in the custom home, addition or remodel project process is a site visit to view and photograph the site conditions such as topography, sun issues, tree locations, views and neighborhood context. Zoning requirements and deed restrictions, if applicable, are addressed at this point. This is the basic information needed to begin conceptualizing a design solution.

Interior design

This is also the time when clients should consider selecting an interior designer. Combining the interior designer’s information and thoughts with that of the architect can promote a more efficient solution than if the designer is selected after the completion of architectural drawings.

Conceptual drawings

Lyons will then prepare a conceptual drawing that includes accurate floor plans and at least one elevation. Upon approval a rough estimate of the residential design project can then be provided by a contractor. It is also advantageous at this point to consider talking with a landscape architect (if it is germane to the project).

architectural drawings

With the client’s approval, the residential design development phase is completed and construction drawings can begin. Construction plans can include a site plan, floor plans, a foundation plan, elevations, cross sections, a roof plan, framing plans, notes, and details, depending upon the project.

Upon receipt of the construction drawings, the contractor can determine the final cost for your residential design project.