If you want a compressed version of this information please read this article, written by Linda Wegner, published by Business Thompson Okanagan in January 2012.
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My goal in life has always been to help people and my career allows me to help you protect your biggest investment – your home. It’s an investment in not only money, but also in time, effort, inconvenience and emotion. I take this very seriously and work hard using my experience to ensure it meets your needs and is the best it can be.
I have been referred to as friendly and approachable, and am organized yet flexible, reliable and professional, and able to maintain integrity while producing highly detailed unique plans.
My whole life I’ve paid attention to logic, function, and style and when I was 13 years old I knew I wanted to design houses. From that point on I focused on training to be the best! Eleven years later I graduated in 2002 as The Top Student in my class from a very demanding program and since then I have been further honing my skills to help my clients get the absolute best home for their very important and huge investment. Building or renovating is exhausting and takes a long time, but when you do it right, it’s worth it. To do it right you have to ensure you’ve thought everything through as best you can and tailored your home to meet your specific needs while being careful not to hurt your resale value. That’s hard to do without the help of someone that specializes in it.
One thing that is very important to me regarding my designs is that they are builder-friendly. This stems from my experience of being a home-builder’s wife. I’ve been there at the end of the day when he came home and had been working off plans that…well…weren’t builder-friendly. I know that contractors have to add in “headache” or “unknown” fees to cover themselves for extra time spent trying to figure things out. I feel that the happier your trades are the smoother your project will go…and it should save you money too. My plans are detailed and informative which cuts down the time your trades have to spend on pricing and constructing. As well, I check with industry experts like truss companies, engineers, plumbers, HVAC installers etc to ensure that my designs are buildable and also to ensure what I’ve designed is the most efficient and economical way to do it. If there’s a better way to do it and it doesn’t interfere too much with the design I’m more than happy to change it. Logic and Function trump Style in my books because style is the easiest part and can typically be easily remedied.
I was born and raised in Kamloops, BC in a family of 6 plus a dog with a very large extended family. I grew up in a 3 bedroom home with 3 siblings…yes, we shared bedrooms and it was fun for the most part. My Dad had 11 siblings and my Mum 5 and most of them have large families. This meant that we had guests stay with us a lot, which gave me a real appreciation for a guest room! I grew up surrounded by a lot of family and have lived in Vancouver for 6 months, Sun Peaks for 3 months and then 14 years with my ex-husband and 2 dogs in the centre of Kamloops and then 45 minutes out of town on 80 amazing acres. I went from a semi-hectic family life growing up to a calm life in the country, a bit on either side, and now enjoying a full life back in Kamloops.
I’m telling you all this to demonstrate that I have experience with city life, country life; big families, small families; kids, no kids; pets, no pets; entertaining, no entertaining…you get the idea I’m very confident that my education and life experience coupled with your answers to my questionnaire will enable me to create your dream home…a house that you will truly feel at home in.
I am a very determined person and have always strived to be the best! I have been on every effort roll, honour roll and Dean’s List possible during my scholastic career as a result of my passion, determination, and attention to detail. I graduated from the Engineering Design and Drafting Technology (EDDT) Program at The University College of the Cariboo (UCC) – now Thompson Rivers University (TRU) – in May 2002 as the Top Student in my class. Through the 31 courses during the intense 2 year program I learned how to design houses as well as many other things such as plumbing, heating, ventilation, electrical, storm/sewer, gas, domestic water and emergency systems that go into houses and the BC Building Code requirements that must be followed. By completing the EDDT program I earned the titles of Building Technologist, Civil Technician, and Mechanical Technician from the Applied Science Technologists and Technicians of British Columbia (ASTTBC). This certifies that I am qualified to design Part 9 of the BC Building Code – Residential Housing. Although I only practice the design of houses, the other design principles I learned gave me a well-rounded knowledge of everything that goes into a house enabling me to create designs that easily accommodate every part necessary to create a home.
Thank you to the contractors and suppliers that answer my questions ensuring my designs are as economical and builder-friendly as possible. Thank you to the CHBA for the great work they do for the construction industry and home-owners. And of course, THANK YOU to all my wonderful clients – I couldn’t be here without you!!