PHD is set up to basically feel like more of an informal rehearsal space rather than a recording studio. That said, we have some great gear and playing in the live room (especially drums - I'm primarily a drummer, myself) just feels good. The live room is 1000 sq feet with 12' ceilings. It's in an old warehouse and the room is fairly live. It is complimented by a small iso booth that comfortably holds 2-3 guitar/bass rigs with negligible bleed into the drums and other amps with everyone being able to see one another - which works well for folks who wanna track live.
Perhaps most importantly, I have made probably about 400 records in the last 16+ years and like to think that I am pretty adaptable to many different approaches - tracking one instrument at a time, with or without scratch tracks, tracking vocals live, playing to clicks, etc. First and foremost, this is your record - you call the shots and I'm never going to tell you "no." That said, I am comfortable communicating my opinions when asked or if that expectation is made clear.
I feel like the best approach for creating a comfortable environment is to book an adequate amount of time. I do work quickly and I have made plenty of LPs in one day, but that does create a great deal of pressure for the bands and in my experience does not yield the best results. Most bands are tracking within 2 hours of walking in the door, but it can go a million different ways from there. Obviously being prepared and knowing what you want are tremendous pieces that really help move sessions along. So have your guitars and basses set up recently and have some spare strings and drum sticks. I know getting gear around is not always so easy; we have many drum kits, snares, hardware, guitar and bass cabs as well as some amps on hand. Just let me know what you need.
I'm happy to answer any questions you might have.