Are U a Good Client?

When you interview me to decide if I’m the right architect, I also interview you to determine if you make a good client. I know I can’t win or accept every project I pursue so I have to be as selective as you are to ensure a successful project. read more →

09 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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NewsFlash…dessert?

Life is short…eat dessert first! read more →

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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How detailed are your drawings?

How detailed are your drawings? In a phrase, VERY detailed. My drawing set includes plans (site, roof, floor, framing) and layout drawings (foundation, electrical, mechanical, plumbing). I also add elevations (exterior, interior) and finish schedules (door, window, room, cabinet). Last but not least, I include architecturally-unique construction details and 3D drawings to show how to.. read more →

16 Dec 2009
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How do I get a good construction estimate?

How do I get a good construction estimate? The jury is still out, but one thing is for sure; no one knows what a project costs until it’s finished. The industry and most contractors will suggest they are better estimators than architects are. I agree that a contractor will arrive at a price for your.. read more →

12 Dec 2009
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NewsFlash…pizza?

Pizza is God’s perfect food. read more →