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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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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Crazy Inquiry — Questions Architects Ask

What do a reporter, therapist and architect have in common? It’s not salary because reporters get paid by the word, therapists by the hour and architects by the grace of God. It’s not approach because reporters put you on the spot, therapists put you on the clock and architects put you on a pedestal. It’s not vocabulary because reporters write at fifth grade level, therapist dialog with $50 words and architects draw diagrams. It’s not curiosity because reporters want to know where you were and who you talked to, therapists want to know about your family and architects want to know it all. read more →

09 Feb 2009
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Do you design commercial projects?

Do you design commercial projects?   Yes, most of my experience is commercial work. I have experience with residential, office, hospitality, industrial, retail, medical, religious and multi-family building types. When an architect earns his/her license, he/she is qualified to design any building type. I specialize in personalized homes because I like the residential scale, scope.. read more →

13 Oct 2008
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What’s the difference between an architect and designer?

What is the difference between an architect and a designer?   The difference between an architect and a designer is: Education – an architect must graduate from an accredited university, pass a licensing exam and fulfill annual continuing education requirements. Experience – an architect will have drafting, office management, project mangement, specification writing, construction oversight,.. read more →

18 Sep 2008
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What is the most common service clients request?

What is the most common service clients request?   Most clients request the design package (The Sketch, The Details, The Docs) because they are interested in buying the expertise and documents to bid and build their project. But consider asking your architect to help you choose the best project (The Test), select a compatible builder.. read more →

11 Aug 2008
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Universal Design Principles

Every architect, designer, artist, builder or hobbyist has a design philosophy. Most philosphies involve a flowery description of the design psyche and excessive use of compound adjectives. Those profound perfunctory proclomations of perpetual purpose make my head hurt. My design philosophy is not unique, but it’s simple — good homes are responsive to lifestyle and location. read more →

09 Aug 2008
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