Architects are problem solvers!

Architects do their best problem solving staring out the window! That means we have to be patient and we ask for yours. Problem solving is not something you make happen. Even though we put ourselves in a creative mindset, it does not guarantee immediate solutions. So it might be hours, days or weeks before I.. read more →

Eco-Chic v Eco-Geek — A Fine Line

I thought I was living green. I convinced myself a hybrid vehicle, curb-side recycling, motion-lights and energy-star appliances grant me eco-chic status. I’m not alone. Many sustainable-thinkers tout their “living green” contributions. I brag about our super-insulated home, tankless hot water heater, aerobic septic, water conservation, recycled paving and drought tolerant plants. Congratulations to you and me for recycling and conserving resources, but I realized living green means practicing good green habits and being vigilant about changing other habits to live greener. To be green, I have to continually think green and live green. My goal is to transcend eco-chic and become an eco-geek. read more →

15 Sep 2009
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Design-Build: The Super Star or Super Team

Do you like sports? Do full-contact team sports like football, basketball and soccer motivate you or do you prefer the indivdual sports like tennis, golf and gymnastics? I’m a team sport fan and enjoyed playing football, basketball and soccer because I like the interdepence of players working together, exploiting their strengths, to win championships. Of course, the satisfaction of cultivating an individual talent to earn the #1 ranking in the world is remarkably fulfilling too. Did you know designing and building your home can be like a team or individual sport? It’s true! You can develop your design-build project in countless ways, but regardless what the industry calls it, you are “working together” or “working in parts” and both methods have advantages, but how do you know whether to be a super star or super team? read more →

14 Sep 2009
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Why should I involve a builder in design?

Why should I involve a builder during design? Because it benefits you and improves your project success! If you don’t involve a builder who understands market price fluctuation during design, there is a chance you will design a home you cannot afford. I will design a home that meets your requirements and desires and will.. read more →

10 Sep 2009
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Stock Plan Shocker — Hidden Costs

Here’s a shocker, stock plans will not save you money! Stock plans will cost the same or more than a personalized home designed for you and by you. A home is not like clothing where one-size-fits all or like food where generic tastes almost like name brand. A home is as unique as you are and often more expensive than clothing and food combined. It is a long-term investment you keep much longer except for those of you who still have clothes you wore in high school stuffed in the back of your closet. Save yourself the Shock of Stock and think personalized! read more →

31 Aug 2009
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WishingRock — The Name

Do you ever wonder how people name companies? Sometimes, names are the founder’s initials like HEB (Henry E. Butts) grocery. It could be part of the founder’s name like Wal-Mart (Sam Walton). A name may tell location or function like 3M (MN Mining and Manufacturing) or Ebay. And sometimes it sounds catchy like Nike, but in the case of WishingRock, it was destiny and this is the inspiration behind the name. read more →

28 Aug 2009
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Reduce, Reuse, Recycle — The Responsible Remodel

In the movie First Knight, King Arthur (Sean Connery) said, “There’s another kind of peace on the other side of war”. That is my perception of home remodeling projects. You have to endure some pain to reap the reward. Remodeling is rarely fun because it is disruptive, challenging and costly but “after the war” you have a rejuvenated space and in my experience, the best way to rejuvenate a space is to follow the “Four R’s” reduce, reuse, recycle and responsibility. read more →

31 Jul 2009
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Media is the architect’s nemesis

Mainstream media can be the architect’s nemesis! Television shows such as Extreme Home Makeover, and Design on a Dime (HGTV) mean well, but they undermine our credibility. Many clients think we can build or remodel entire homes in a weekend and can construct everything for <$2,000 and will design it all for free. That’s a.. read more →