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The before shots of a major renovation near Pinacle.

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Shop now. Master bath to be.

Garage and shop now. Family room to be.

I love the beginnings of a project.  The existing conditions tell you nothing of what the remodeled space will look like.  You have to squint and imagine.  I scratch out plans and show them to the clients, but the project tells the better story.  Piece by piece, we remove the old structure.  Element by element, we weave a new architecture.  We plan on a warm contemporary feel.  We want to choose green materials and energy strategies.  Still, the reality of the project is the actual work. Only the studs and openings feed back to our sense of space.  They inform us on what to do next.  They lead my design in new directions.  I can’t wait to see how the story progresses!

Springtime porch with movie

Friday, May 6th, 2011

We developed the springtime porch design.  This Federal styled house demanded a rear porch that followed its symmetries and simple grandeur.  A seating area and outdoor fireplace was centered on the interior living room, one corner is canted back to allow for vehicular traffic, while double columns resolve the geometry to center the door.  Detailing with stained  concrete, matching brick and herringbone chimney caps gives the addition a sense of belonging to the original house and tries to uplift the original design with openness and dignity.

 

Outdoor fireplace in porch addition.

Porch addition seen from backyard

Want to see the design in motion? Welcome. See the movie on YouTube. Come on up to the porch and have a seat beside the fire. Coffee?

Also, you can look back to the original design sketch.

 

Step One to Good Design is Programming

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Tea room with books and art

Real estate is one of the highest costs to a family, so it is a Designer’s responsibility to use it wisely while merging aesthetics and function. Function being the more important of the two. It doesn’t matter how nice a house looks, if you can’t live productively and comfortably. It is very important to learn the intricacies and culture of a family before you start the space planning, so a home may be created; not a track house. To gain the detailed information needed, a trusting relationship with the family must be developed. Clients need to believe through programming, they will gain a more livable and aesthetic pleasing home.. Designers have to merge the requirements of the family members and bring an atmosphere that aligns with their lifestyle and image, providing them with a safe, productive, and beautiful home.

Clients want to feel like they are getting a custom home they helped design and create. Unfortunately, too many Designer’s approach a project with their own agendas and personal style. It is important to sit down at the first meeting and learn more than just how many rooms, bathrooms, and style. How a family unloads from a trip to the grocery store, where homework is done, who creates the most laundry, etc. are equally important and will produce a home that is pleasant and supports the family. They are receiving not only a Designer, but also consulting from an experienced professional who specializes in providing layouts that take into consideration work flow and processes.

There are several ways a Designer should look and inquire about a family’s needs. There’s the family as a whole, which would include things like number of bedrooms, bathrooms, and budget. Equally important is individual interviews with all family members, asking a six year old how you can help him keep his room clean and how many matchbox cars you need to make room for, not only makes everyone feel included, but also makes for a better design. Knowing what their needs are as individuals and a group, the Designer can begin to understand how they fit into the big picture of the way the home should operate. When visiting their existing space note areas that seem to be overwhelmed with clutter. This is usually a sign of space that is not working for them. There may be ways to reshape a laundry room or add tools that would make it functional. Other things to consider is finding out what gets abused, broken, what are their cleaning regiments, how long do they plan to stay in the home, and who seem to be the hardest on their area. This gives clues to how accommodations can be made for a home that will last longer and maintain its look.

Knowing and understanding the requirements of all the family members within a home and how they fit together is valuable information. The Designer achieves a level of understanding in overall operations and needs of specific space which is applied throughout the duration of the project. When the Programming Guide entailing all this data is given to the family it is usually the first time anyone has stopped to think about how they work together and therefor, should sit together. It helps the Designer to lay out the space and create a house that works more efficiently and smarter. Being thorough in programming is well worth the time invested and has measurable success in positive information that creates a custom space plan based on requirements and creativity, achieving more effective home.