MY APPROACH

A HOME IS SO MANY THINGS

It is a place to eat, sleep, raise a family, enjoy hobbies, entertain family and friends, and for some of us, it is also our workplace. Homes should be unique and personal, reflecting the owners’ LIFE (how they live) and STYLE (their aesthetic preferences). Homes must also be comfortable and well designed to allow all of our daily activities to be carried out smoothly and efficiently – our homes should work with us not against us. And finally, a home is a work of art – its design, its materials, its craftsmanship – just being in its space should bring us joy, pleasure, calmness; a respite from the world around us.

IT TAKES A TEAM

Many talented individuals are required to build a beautiful home, from foundation to mechanicals to the finishing details. The design stage is simply the first phase; selecting talented contractors are just as critical. In the end, the real test of a beautiful home is whether it can stand the test of time, remaining timeless, comfortable and enjoyable for many years to come. Good design, no matter the style or environment, all have common traits – proper scale and proportion, flow, functionality, timelessness, thoughtful details, and craftsmanship.

LISTEN CAREFULLY
Understanding the homeowner’s needs, how they live and their aesthetic preferences is critical to designing a home that is comfortable, efficient and pleasurable to the homeowners.

RESPECT THE SITE
Never work against nature, take advantage of the site’s views, orient the home for solar gain and be creative when addressing the site’s less desirable features.

IT’S IN THE DETAILS
It is the details that can make a home special, especially when you add features you can relate to, create interest, or elicit a
fond memory. It is also important to respect design elements the owners will
innately respond to, such as colour.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Building an energy efficient home creates a comfortable and affordable living space that is good for the environment.

LOTS OF LIGHT
Allow as much natural light into the home as possible, providing windows on 2 sides of each room where possible. Equally important is a good electrical lighting plan for safety, work and ambiance.

CONNECTION TO THE OUTDOORS
Plan the exterior spaces while designing the home to ensure efficient access and enjoyable outdoor spaces.

LOOK AT THE “BIG PICTURE”
A home is more than a building; its design should consider the neighbourhood, the landscape around the home, the home’s exterior features, its construction (all the important details that you don’t see), the layout, interior details and finally it’s furnishings. Omitting any of these design components could result in a home that has not reached its aesthetic potential – a home that truly resonates with its owners.

PLAN FOR THE FUTURE
Consider the homeowner’s current needs as well as any expected life changes – children, empty nesters, aging in place, new hobbies.

RIGHT SIZING
Sizing a home or renovation that meets the owner’s needs and their budget can be a delicate process. Renovating an existing home means reserving a portion of the budget for addressing unexpected surprises while less than ideal building sites can mean extra foundation costs. Compromise is part of the process so encouraging client’s to prioritize their “wish list” will make the decision making process a little easier.

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