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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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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Owner as Architect – Should You Design It?

Are you a do-it-yourself person? Do you love the satisfaction of doing something yourself and spurn the notion of hiring someone to do a simple task or service? Have you ever hired a cook, maid, lawn maintenance, plumber, auto repair or realtor? If you haven’t, you’re a VERY busy person. But, you probably don’t do everything yourself, I’m sure you eat out occassionally, take the car to a quick service or hire a realtor to sell/buy your home. When you hire someone else, it’s because you don’t have the time or expertise to do the job you deserve. Well designing your home may fall into that category so don’t do it alone if you don’t have to. read more →

17 Oct 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 project you cannot afford. I will design a project 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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