+ Your goal should be not to design your best house. Your goal should be to design the best house for us! Rule #1
+ Rule #2: It’s all about the details. “Explore some of the details that lift a house above the ordinary, such as thick walls, providing something unexpected, the importance of nostalgia, zones of retreat, flow, light, and designing with the third dimension.” William J. Hirsch, Jr. AIA
+ Rule # 3: Read our wish list. The wish list contains a number of items that are not relevant to the actual design of the house but which will help you understand the overall picture.
+ Rule # 4: Sometimes knowing what a client does not want in their house helps you understand more fully what they do want. Here are some things we absolutely do not want in our home:
+ 1. No “contemporary” architecture. 2. Nothing that would inspire you to mount a dead animal head on. 3. We do not want a log cabin look. 5. Nothing that will look dated in 20 or more years. 6. No bathrooms near the dining room. 7. Nothing ordinary, boring, or plain.
+ Absolute must haves: 1. Use of superior walls in basement and upper floors. 2. Masonry stoves in both houses. (must design foundation and floors to support these very heavy stoves) 3. Wide staircases and doorways. 4. Lots of light. Lots of windows. 5. Thick walls. Thick arched openings. 6. The design must flow from one space to the next. 7. Angles, arches, architectural detail
+ 7. It is all about the view!! 8. Handicapped/elder friendly 9. Energy efficient and as “green” as possible. 10. See the handout! 11. Question: Can you design a 2- story house that is elderly friendly? 12. Two main floor master suites. 13. PIZAZZ!!!!!!!!!!
+ Now for some visuals to give you a “feel” for the styles we like: