Design Process

How Burning Down Your House can Benefit the Whole Community

It was late in the day when it finally happened.  A puff of smoke appeared just over the rooftop at the far right side of the house; then another appeared, near the chimney.

Within moments smoke was pouring from the entire roof and flickers of orange flame began appearing in the windows.

A cheer went up from the assembled crowd as the flames grew; soon the roof weakened and began to collapse.  A dozen firefighters stood by, cheering along with the crowd.

The Top Five Home Design Requests from my Clients

Years ago, I attended a trade show for kitchen and bath products in Dallas. You know the kind – huge convention hall, lots of booths, vendors hawking the latest in…whatever the latest is.

After a couple of passes around the trade show floor, filling my canvas tote bag with catalogs and brochures, I popped in on a seminar, where a representative of a national homebuilder was talking about new home design to a room full of eager builders.

“Master Plan” Your Project When You Can’t Do Everything Right Now

Sometimes it’s not possible to do everything on your renovation wish list right away. Money’s usually the immediate issue, but if you don’t plan the whole project out now, you might waste it anyway, down the road.

You don’t want to have to significantly renovate “phase one” in order to build “phase two” a few years later.  Avoid that by “master planning” the whole project now.

Collaboration Between Architect and Builder is Essential for a Successful Project

I read an interesting article yesterday, written by a builder. It was about how you must hire your builder before you hire your Architect, “…because Architects don’t know anything about building…”

That might be true for the Architects that builder’s run into, but that’s a pretty broad, self-serving statement. He hasn’t met my colleagues, who spend as much time on jobsites as they can, and put together construction drawings influenced by feedback from people doing the actual construction work.

5 Tips For Good Communication: The Essential Ingredient for a Successful Project

How well you and your Architect collaborate will affect how closely the design meets your needs and how much “you” ends up in the final project; after all, it’s your house!

But you don’t need a master’s degree in Architecture to have meaningful conversations with your Architect; here are a couple of ways to make sure the two of you are communicating clearly.