Category Archives: what not to build

How To Get A Great House

One of our “typical” client concerns (we don’t really have typical clients, they’re all better than that, but work with me here) is what they need to do to get a great house. “Great” in their minds is a completely … Continue reading

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Who Should Interpret The Architect’s Drawings, The Builder Or The Owner?

For those of you who’ve ever assembled a grill, a bicycle or similar item from the instructions, you know that there is nothing like clear drawings that show each step in order. For me, anything less is generally cause for … Continue reading

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HGTV… really?

There’s a new show on HGTV, “Million Dollar Rooms”. I watched for the first and (probably) last time a few days ago. Frankly, I don’t think how much you spent on a room is an acceptable subject for conversation in … Continue reading

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Can You Afford To Save That Much Money?

Sad story, sad but true… a builder I know is working on a major remodel on a 10 year old house. I know the house and the owners interviewed me for the job but ended up choosing an architect who … Continue reading

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HGTV…Arrggghhhh!

I love HGTV, really, its just when they make a big deal about things that aren’t a big deal (which is all of the time), it makes my job harder. Watching House Hunters tonight, a young lady, the prospective buyer, … Continue reading

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What Architects Know (Or Should Know)

Architecture 101: Don’t design a house that looks like a face. No matter how good your design is, if it looks like a face, change it. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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Why Is My House Falling Apart?

Houses are the most wonderful things (if you don’t feel either a.- I love my house, or b.- I wish I loved my house, you can stop reading now). The problem with houses and house love is maintenance, there is … Continue reading

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