High-end Residential Design and Universal Design
Want to get your dream project underway as smoothly as possible?
You deserve to be in control of the process having as clear a picture as possible of where to start and where to begin. Are you looking for a new home, or have one and feel it needs a general overhaul repairs, replacement and minor renovations. Sometimes is difficult to be assured that the colors will complement each other or that the overall vision will be the right one.
Your goal is to find the right path for your project, for your budget and for you. We all know that an architect does not design most homes. A draftsman or your builder, who may lean toward plans, construction methods and product suppliers with which they have had success, may do them. For many, this is just fine. It may also impose limitations and narrow the field of possibilities for your project. Some seek solutions using stock floor plans on the web, like ePlans and FamilyHome Plans, all by definition not customized.
A well-trained architect designs to the individual, taking particular needs and specific locations into account. We concern ourselves with desired aesthetic issues, manipulating proportions, alignments, masses, voids and materials to create pleasing results.
With an open mind approach to the project, creative solutions are produced. As a result, the magic of Architecture occurs in your home. If this sounds like what you are looking for, give us a call and let's get together. If you so chose, we can work closely with your builder or construction manager who will then build your dream home.
Meanwhile, take a look at some websites that have good information. You may want to check them out:
- Looking for a good source of free, unbiased information helping homeowners? See: Building Advisor.
- Shopping for Smart items for your home? We like to see Smarthome.
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UNIVERSAL DESIGN, a.k.a. Architecture for Flexible Living
Universal Design (UD) is the design of products and environments to be usable by all people, to the greatest extent possible, without the need for adaptation or specialized design (NAHB). It incorporates ease of use, low maintenance, accessibility, flexibility, and low operational costs in to all facilities, most especially your home. With these goals in mind, the design of spaces, buildings or homes does not need to look or feel different. It is amazing what can be incorporated with an eye for the future.
Can you imagine homes, incorporating Age-In-Place & UD concepts for all family members at all stages of life, which are more comfortable, safer and easier-to-use? Well, we can. We are Certified Age-in-Place Specialists (CAPS). Our research has taken us around the world to distill Age-In-Place and Universal Design concepts into a working checklist / resource for evaluations and for design. With the CAPS evaluation we can talk to you about real choices in the design of your home, including UD concepts.
Disaster Recovery events, such as recent hurricane losses however, forces the rebuilding or replacement of homes now. Some homes will be refurbished, others will be rebuilt. This presents a widespread scale of opportunities to incorporate Age-In-Place & UD concepts into these new plans. We are actively looking to team up with the Disaster Recovery Efforts and help to contribute such deliberate answers. It will be worthwhile for the long-term.
"By your moving back to Texas, Virginia lost a fine Architect. You Texans seem to stick together. We enjoyed your work on our Deltaville home. We wish you good success." - Brent Halsey