Design Guts — Inside Your Architect

If you’ve spent any time reading this website or chatting with me, you know I design projects based on your lifestyle, preferences and land. The notion of people and place permeates my design exercises and every design decision I make. Heck, it’s even my tagline — personalized homes — blending lifestyle, environment and community! And when you think you’ve heard enough, I remind you again I design for you and your environment. Ok, enough already, but you might be interested in knowing what design challenges and features I like. read more →

09 Jun 2010
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What’s This GREEN Stuff?

I’m an architect and I’m green! Well, I think I’m green or at the very least I like what some people in the construction industry call “green behavior”. By “green behavior” I don’t mean new or inexperienced. I mean earth-friendly, but I didn’t always think this way. It was my perception of the biggest problem in the industrial world that inspired my environmental awareness. Like many people who have nothing better to do, I think about nothing and a wandering mind dangerously analyzes problems — at least mine does. Anyway, my perception of the industrial world’s biggest problem is a theory called — the generation gap. Some behavioral historian (this is casual writing no credible references available) defines the generation gap as “the time it takes from the moment we realize we have a problem to do something about it”. And I think it’s this perception that the world has an environmental dilemma that drives this green stuff. read more →

20 May 2010
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Architect as Chef — Home Cooking

I take every chance I get to visit Grandma’s house. She always tells a great story and prepares a delicious home-cooked meal. I hear about my childhood antics and roll my eyes when she embellishes the story. I learn how differently the world was during her formative years compared to mine. She shares life events that positively shaped her generation, my parents and me. I’m mesmerized by her tales and the heavenly aroma of her famous stew. Oh and did I mention I get a great meal? The preparation and love she pours into a family meal is magical and inspiring. As I basked in great company and culinary bliss, I realized design is like making stew! read more →

15 May 2010
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What Architects Do — Services Rundown

Architects design living solutions. That means we help you identify what you need to live comfortably and create a place to do it that you can afford. All architects offer this service although the way they describe it differs.These are services clients request and their perceptions of it. read more →

12 May 2010
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Remodel Your Home – Remodel Your Life

One thing is for sure the only certainty in life is change. If you don’t like the weather, wait and it will change. You just dyed your hair a trendy new color, but it will change. You’re late for work and sitting in traffic at a red light, but it will change. You have a tight youthful body, but it will change. You have your life the way you want it, but it will change too. When you remodel your home it’s because you want to change something about it, but home remodeling is a better opportunity to change something about your life! read more →

30 Apr 2010
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Architect or Aspirin? — Common Design Headaches

I love what I do — designing personalized homes. It’s a daunting but fulfilling challenge to help families design unique living spaces. You love what I do too and that’s why I see an increasing number of your plans during owner-architect interviews. You share hand sketches, grid paper layouts, magazine overlays, photographs and computer renditions. Admit it, being your own designer is sexy and you want to say, “I did it!”, but despite how inspiring and creative your plans are, they often lack design coherence and include expensive mistakes. Your sketches, layouts, overlays and programs are good ways to start, but they are a poor way to finish a design unless you have the insight and skills to make a design work. To all you design cavaliers who want to try their hand at home design, I appreciate your effort and ingenuity, but please avoid these common design headaches. read more →

31 Mar 2010
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Owner As Installer – Should You Help Build It?

You’re a DITY…I’m a DITY…we’re all DITY. Pick up that hammer and join the DITY (Do-It-Yourself) world. Admit it, you’ve fallen victim to the DITY-movement. Frequent DITY shows on HGTV inspire you to build your own project. Instructional U-Tube videos empowered you to remodel your kitchen. The sheer number of home improvement stores, shows and helpful U-Tube videos inspired many owners to build IT themselves. read more →

05 Feb 2010
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Working With an Architect

Maybe I’ve taken it for granted because I’ve worked with architects and other design professionals my whole adult life so I know what architects do; but I’ve learned most people (builders included) have never worked with an architect and have no idea what an architect does. read more →

22 Jan 2010
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