Goals and Purpose

Can you briefly describe the goals of a design project? Think of this part of the design program as the overview. It should include a specific description of the client(s), the type and scope of the project, the budget, and your role and responsibilities in the project. Include the major criteria for the bathroom design and any unique aspects of the project. Most of the information can come from Form 1: Getting to Know Your Client and Form 5: Your Client’s Bathroom Preferences found in chapter 5, "Assessing Needs."

You might want to share your goal statements with your client to determine that you have inter­preted the project correctly. The statements could also be included in your contract.


Objectives are used to operationalize your goals. If goals tell what you want to do, objectives tell how you are going to do it. Objectives are written with active verbs and the outcomes can be measured. Here is an example:

• Goal: The bathroom will have a relaxing atmosphere.

• Objective: Install a soaking tub.

• Objective: Put lights in tub area on a dimmer switch.

• Objective: Specify a cabinet for a CD player.

Write objectives to identify the client’s major wants and needs. Use the development of the objec­tives to sort out priorities—must have, should or want to have, and desire or would like to have.

To write objectives for the design program, you will want to focus on the information in Form 5: Your Client’s Bathroom Preferences. It will also be important to review Form 3: Checklist for Bath­room Activities and Form 4: Bathroom Storage Inventory as these checklists may reveal priorities. For example, a frequent activity or a need for specialized storage should be reflected in the objec­tives for the design.