Home Design Philosophy

A home design philosophy is a necessary part of designing and building a new home, because this is an opportunity to create something brand new, something unique, something as individual as you. Great homes often defy any stylistic categorization because their inspiration, their “style” comes from the lives that their owners lead.

Great homes are built with character as the major construction material – the architecture and the “decorating” can’t be separated.

Houses like these are so much more than just the number of bedrooms and the size of the floor plan – they’re the ones that you return to look at again and again and think, “wow, there’s something about that house that I really like”.

Part of what you like about those houses is the result of the owners having taken an active role in creating the design from the very beginning.

Part of it is understanding that homes are made of life, of love, of memories, of wishes, and of space, not of living rooms, crown molding, and draperies.

Good home design brings people together in pleasant ways. It provides for the family as a whole, and for each individual’s privacy.

Good design does all of these things, and it starts by taking the time to ask clients about the details of their daily lives.

A client of mine once described her family’s eating style as “hit-and-run”. That little pun tells me a great deal about the design requirements of her kitchen – much more than I’d discover poring over cabinet catalogs with her.

I spend hours talking with my clients before a single line is drawn. To commit any less an effort to an examination of the personality of their family is to rob them of the benefits of custom home design.

A better house and a better living experience are the results when client and Architect work closely together to examine the uniqueness of the client’s lifestyle and how it informs and molds the design of the home.

That’s my home design philosophy. Questions? Call me  at (614) 766-7257 – or email me at rich@rtastudio.com.