"Designing a house for a client is really very exciting," claims Jay Ancel of Montpelier, Vermont's Black River Design. "Most of us must adapt to the space we live and work in. But when you can turn that around and have the space respond to the client's needs, it's a rare opportunity." What follows is a case study of that process, focusing on the practical steps along the way from clients' wishes to working drawings. The process is illustrated on the following pages. The Questionnaire The clients, a young couple, and the architect met a couple of times to make sure they wanted to work together. At the first meeting, Ancel and his assistant David Lahar showed them