Thinking about the entire project at a conceptual level in terms of budget, site, lifestyle and schedule. Weighing these elements in relation to each other. At this stage, there will be decisions regarding the size and scope of the project, such as the realtionship of the house to the rising and setting sun - to views and to neighbors.

Masterplanning takes into account local zoning and planning criteria, site constraints and opportunities. Several hard facts of the case have been determined regarding lot setbacks, floor ratios allowed, view corridors and daylight planes, and parking requirements. Land use issues must be considered on rural and semi-rural sites, as well as access to utilities and an estimate of their expense in serving the site. Thorough masterplanning helps to ensure a smooth-running project.