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.
My design philosophy is simple: Logic, Function, Style. First figure out what’s logical, make sure it’s functional, then add style – style is the easy part.
Your home is typically your biggest investment. It’s an investment in not only money, but also time, effort, inconvenience and emotion – you want to get it right the first time! My goal is to create a functional and relaxed home life customized for you and to do that I need a lot of information. I developed a very detailed questionnaire and ask you to dig deep and really think about what you truly need in your home. It’s your homework and if it’s your first build I typically spend 6 hours with you going over your answers, then I start the design.
I tell all my clients that I don’t take offense if you don’t like what I come up with. It’s your house, your money, you’re living there, not me…you do however need to tell me if you don’t like something – I can’t read your mind – I ask my clients to say the first thing that pops into their head and to make sure not to hold back. The last thing I want is for you to spend all that money on something you didn’t really want/need just because you didn’t want to hurt my feelings. I’m here for YOU, let me help you.
I admit I get a little frustrated when people rush their decision on which house they buy or which design they settle on. I find that many people spend more time choosing a digital camera than they do deciding what they truly want and need in their home. It goes against logic: you spend a few hundred dollars on a camera and use it sporadically for a few years whereas you spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on your home and use it daily. I really encourage my clients to take their investment in their home seriously. You can’t return a house to the store if you decide it’s not what you really wanted. I believe it’s much better to pay a bit more for the design fee if you’re not sure about things, than it is to make changes during construction, or worse yet, have regrets.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for saving time and money, but I don’t believe rushing this accomplishes either because if you rush into buying a house that doesn’t truly meet your needs you’re going to want to move and that costs you time and money…not to mention stress! One realtor told me that when you add up all the fees etc that you’re charged when you sell and buy a home it’s around $50,000. Even if it’s only half that at $25,000 that’s still a lot! Wouldn’t you like to avoid that if possible? If you choose a stock plan it does save you money and possibly time, but will it truly meet your lifestyle needs and maximize your site’s potential? If you choose a custom plan (with the right designer) you can maximize your lot’s potential and tailor your home to truly meet your needs. However, if you rush the design you are putting your very large investment at risk, or at the very least not maximizing it. I’ve had numerous clients that rush rush rush and then find that they make changes during construction, which is very costly and puts the build behind schedule. They may even have to pay to change it back because of the domino effect changes have. This typically costs them much more than what the extra design fee and time would be had they been a bit more patient and taken the time to really think things through. I know what it’s like to be excited about building or renovating AND I know what it’s like to be in a rush because you have no place to go because your house sold. However, I’ve found through my experiences and my client’s experiences that rushing to save time and money typically results in the opposite.
There are SO many directions to take when starting a custom design. I got tired of trying to read my clients’ minds and developed my extensive questionnaire that asks most of the questions that go through my mind when I’m designing a home. There are the typical easy requests like number of bedrooms, big kitchen with an island, open concept layout etc, but what about the details of these requests? You don’t always need more money or a bigger house to be happier in your home, you just have to really think about your lifestyle and how you live in your home and then do what you can to make your home function to its best potential for you. There is a lot to think about and I’m here to help you through this overwhelming process.
I take into account many things including the orientation of your lot in regards to the sun and neighbouring houses as well as your project budget and all other answers to the questionnaire and actively incorporate design elements with your functional needs creating the perfect home for you. I am devoted to providing you with a house plan that addresses all of your needs and exceeds your expectations. I strive to build a reputation as the place to go if you want the best customer service in the industry and are looking for a high-end design combining innovative ideas with style and logic resulting in a timeless, one-of-a-kind, functional home specifically tailored to your lifestyle.
Contact me today to see what I can do for you. I look forward to designing your dream home…a house that you will truly feel at home in.