Do you have a particular style? Simply put, my style is to produce distinctive homes based upon a high quality of Architectural Design. Rather than working in a specific Architectural vocabulary, my designs reflect the character and life style of each client which results in each house being unique rather than a derivative or re-use of the same forms over and over again. I enjoy working in different styles; it keeps the design work exciting.
What is most satisfying to you about designing homes? I often run into my clients about town. It is extremely satisfying to hear that they enjoy living in the house, how the light changes during the day, how the dining room butler’s pantry layout works so well when they entertain, or the surprise and delights they experience in one part of the house or another. It’s very satisfying to know that my past clients continue to recommend my Architectural services to their friends and neighbors.
What’s most important to you personally in designing a house? Architects have strong egos; most believe that their way of doing things is right; I take a different approach. I believe for a design to be successful it must not only satisfy the easy function-related requirements such as number of bedrooms, how large a cooktop, but also satisfy and enhance the life style and character of the owner. It’s best if the Architect remembers that he’s designing a custom home for the owner and not himself. The second important thing is to ask a lot of questions and listen to the owner’s thoughts.
How has designing luxury homes changed in the past ten years? Over the last ten years, two recessions have changed how people define and view their living needs. Although costs have always been part of the design process, in the past, given a choice, bigger has always won over smaller. Today, regardless of the project budget, costs have taken a more prominent position in the design process as homeowners weigh the budget against what’s needed, what’s enough, and what’s elaborate. Often times the desire for larger more costly spaces in one area results in less elaborate detailing in other areas to maintain the overall project budget. Today more than ever, clients are balancing amenities verses costs to find the right level of “house” needed to satisfy their life style.
Are materials an important factor for you? Materials are an integral part of the design. The character of the house is made up of the shapes, organization of spaces, scale, and surface material. During the design process, I review materials and texture options for all of the house finishes. During construction I review how the various materials are assembled to achieve a well constructed home.
The second change in home design over the last ten years is technical in nature. New products that improve energy consumption, are more durable, or provide a more cost effective way to achieve the same end has
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