After outlining the functional areas that you should consider before asking an architect to design a house for you (or even looking to buy an already built house), you might want to see what we used as our design criteria.
Philosophy: We are looking for a contemporary house that is private and functional. The house is not modern (boxy, white, minimalist), but is non-rectilineal, neutral with strong accents, textured.
It is Desert Contemporary. The landscaping and exterior of the house harmonizes with the desert environment. It is a stage to show art. It is a place to produce art;
photography, fabric, and culinary. It is a library and a theater. It is meant for intellectual adults. Not specifically Green, but sensitive to the environment:
Insulated, sheltered from the Sun and Wind.
Functional Spaces: Dramatic Entrance (in the interior), Entertaining Space (Views, seating for large groups, fireplace, bar, powder room)
, Dining Area/Room?, Large kitchen with eating area and pantry. (Modern,
functional, meticulously designed, 700 cookbooks, near Garage). Master Bedroom (For sleeping, quiet and dark), Master Bathroom (Large and functional)
, Two Master Bedroom Closets (Separate and large), Outdoor Hot Tub and Shower (Very, very Private), Digital Photo Studio (Desk, Computers, large printers, immense amounts of storage. Dark, known as The Cave). Sewing Studio (Sewing stations, Cutting table, immense amounts of storage, Design Wall. Well lit.) Media Room (Home Theater with huge screen, great
sound. Looks and sounds great in the dark.) Guest Room with Full Bath. Library (Tons of books. Office?) Laundry Room with sink. Gym area. Roof Terrace. Pool?
Ingredients: Windows that open for cross ventilation, Hardwood Floors, Art niches for sculpture, Walls for Art, Zoned air conditoning, Luggage Storage, Wine Storage, Steam Room, Bali Door, Elevator/Dumbwaiter?
Outdoors: Outdoor Grill and Eating Area, Low maintenance, Trees for shade, Water feature at entrance, Palms, Citrus, Roses, Herbs, Sculpture Wall
As with all design statements, how these ideas get implemented and what ideas are abandoned will be addressed differently by each architect. But if an architect tends to build His House and not Your House or if an architect does not resonate with your design philosophy, then it is time to move on and look for someone else.