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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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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How to Pick Your Architect

How hard can it be to pick an architect? Gee, they are a dime-a-dozen with similar education, internship and licensing credentials so you open a phone book or search engine and browse for names you’ve heard or that appeal to you. Then you call the list, set appointments and pick the one who has the best pedigree, is most attractive or is the cheapest. If it’s a tie, you can draw names from a hat. You can’t go wrong. That sounds simple enough, but the problem is architecture is a creative service and you need a partner who can get to know you and bring your idea to life, but how do you find that person? read more →

24 May 2009
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Why Does My Home Cost So Much?

Inquiring clients want to know, “Hey, Mr. Architect. If you’re so smart, then tell me why my home costs so much! It’s only natural to wonder why your home costs so much. That’s the same thing I wondered when I built my home. I saw the signs advertising “Build on your lot for $60/SF” and “Homes from the $100s” but when I built my personalized home, no one offered to build on my lot for $60/SF and no one could build my humble home for $100k. Are builders telling the truth? read more →

26 Feb 2009
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Why do I need an architect?

Why do I need an architect to design my project? You might not need an architect to design your project. You might be able to do it yourself or you might hire a designer to help you. I hate to answer a question with a question, but if you answer “yes” to any of the.. read more →

10 Nov 2008
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5 Reasons U Need an Architect?

Five reasons you need to hire an architect for your design and construction project. read more →