Caller: “Do you guys sell house plans?”
Richard: slams the phone down (not really. actually he’s usually very nice to them).
This scenario happens often. Its as if our entire office’s combined talents, college educations, decades of experience and multiple professional licenses have reduced us to “house plan dealers”. The fact of the matter is, the planning of a house is only the beginning of the architectural process. It’s not just a haphazard shuffle of room sized boxes, mechanical systems and kitchen triangle formulas. The creation of a plan is a careful, precise and deliberate orchestration of a client’s individual life. It’s the art of maneuvering dreams, desires, functions, budget and idiosyncrasies. Oh, and in the end it has to produce something that is three-dimensionally beautiful. It’s sort of like juggling a bowling ball, a peanut and a flaming torch, all the while looking graceful and calm.
The floor plan is really the DNA of the house. It outlines the heart, circulatory system and orifices. Paths resolve, destinations are established and relationships are sturdied. It’s not a dull, formulaic activity; it’s the inspired seed of design. We revel in the creation of a unique plan elevating our client’s day-to-day life.
So, no, we don’t sell house plans. We don’t offer a one-size-fits-all-drive-around-to-the window-please product. Instead, we sell bespoke sanctuaries providing haven from the noisy, hectic world that exists outside your door. We seek to find order in mundane daily home life and resolve it into a graceful, beautiful and celebratory journey.
Try ordering that in the back of a magazine.
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