I recommend you go to Keith’s site to read the rest. However, my favorite quote series is…”You could buy a builder house or build a house from a ‘plan book’ or on-line source. Going that route will allow you to build someone’s house, it won’t be your house, but it will be a house… I like to equate it as a builder/’plan book’ home fits you like a mitten while an architect designed home fits like a glove.”

Originally posted on Architect's Trace:

In this final installment of the ‘Hiring an Architect’ series, I address the most common question I’ve heard over the years from potential residential clients- “What? Me, hire an architect?” In my experience what they’re actually asking is;

“Can I afford an architect, aren’t they expensive?”

“Can’t I just by a builder house or buy plans from a book and still end up with what I want?”

“Isn’t an architect just going to design what they want and ignore me?”

These questions weigh heavily on clients, in reality; they couldn’t be further from the truth. However, hiring the services of an architect is not for everyone. Not everyone is building a custom home or taking on a significant renovation/addition. If you are considering/making such an investment, why not hire an architect to assist you in getting what you want? If you want your home to reflect who

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like they used to

31 July 2013

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(unsympathetic latter addition to original stone farmhouse)

Most times in my work, I get involved with projects with fascinating aspects to them. …keep reading

Should you build a new house or should you just buy an existing house are two very important questions that can be very challenging. …keep reading


Okay, I promised myself I would leave this alone. But I can’t help myself, so pardon my sarcasm and generalization ahead. …keep reading

I am frustrated; aren’t we all. However, I am frustrated largely with my own profession. …keep reading

Over twenty years ago I set out on a personal theoretical study to design small houses. I’ll explain that study at sometime in the future. However one psychological aspect that I began to consider was what does a house look like? …keep reading

Okay, here’s the New Year and I resolved to say what’s on my mind and get into trouble in the process. …keep reading


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