Oct 18, 2016

Ready, Set, Stuck - 4 Strategies for Getting Your New Home Past the Dream Stage

So you've been dreaming about your new or remodeled home for a long time now.  You've looked at dozens – maybe hundreds – of house plans online.

You've built up a huge collection of photos on Houzz, or Pinterest, or both.

And yet somehow, you don’t feel any closer to your dream house.  Maybe you even feel a little further away from it.  You thought that by taking your time and collecting ideas and information you’d make progress, but instead, you’re stuck.

Getting stuck at the dream stage is a common problem that I hear about every week from people just like you – here are a few email snippets:

“…we've looked at around thirty home [designs] and still haven't found anything that we like…”

“I have been looking for…house plans and they are mostly horrible!”

“I was able to find one house plan that was close, but needs quite a few modifications…”

“…last night on Houzz, as I was skimming through photos for the 100,000th time…”

“Most of the homes I have found on line etc., did not have interiors to my liking…”

“We have no idea what all this is going to involve as we have never tackled anything like this before.”

“My husband and I have been looking for what seems like forever…”

Do any of those sentiments sound familiar? I have dozens more examples, but you get the idea.

Sep 16, 2016

When Is It Too Cold To Build A House?

Years ago, before I'd thought of Architecture as a career, I worked a bit as a construction laborer and framing carpenter.

Some days, working outside was great fun for an 18-year old (read:summertime).

I learned a lot about construction those two years, including the fact that construction doesn't only happen on sunny, warm, summer days.

They expected me to work in the winter, too.  Outside. In the cold.

Fortunately here in central Ohio, winter doesn't really kick in hard until after the first of the year. That's when we sometimes get long periods of below-freezing temperatures.

The harsh weather often makes it difficult to build - but when does it become impossible?

Aug 17, 2016

When Is The Design "Done"?

This spectacular new home we designed on the Muirfield Village Golf Course is coming along nicely.

Like all homes of this complexity and caliber, the design process continues right through construction, with adjustments here and there as the house takes shape.

And for me, that's one of the most exciting parts of the process.

The fine-tuning of a house under construction is an important - critical, maybe - phase of the design process.  It's a team effort, with the Architect, Owner, Interior Designer, and Builder all on the site together.

For the Owner, it's often an "aha" moment - walking through and touching the actual house is a different experience from seeing the drawings, sketches and models we produce throughout the earlier phases of the design process.

Jul 14, 2016

Proper Proportion: A Trick of the Trade

If you're a house junkie like me, watching the home shows, reading the home magazines, and looking at houses wherever you go, then you've seen good houses and not so good houses.

You've seen charming homes that seem perfectly settled; you've seen houses that seem "complete" - like there's nothing you could do to make them any better.

And you've seen houses that look a little...off.  Houses that look like something's missing, or like something's not in the right place.  Maybe the roof seems a little too tall, maybe the windows seem a little too wide.

And maybe you've wondered - are there tried and true ways to help assure that a house design will look "just right"?

Indeed there are, and one of those ways is to design using correct proportions.

Jun 29, 2016

Under Construction: A Weekend Cottage In The Hills

The owner of this little cottage, under construction in the Hocking Hills region of south-central Ohio, told me today that he "wants to build another one"..."this is fun!", he said.

I think I know what he's talking about, it's the thrill of seeing a design jump off of the drawings, of watching an idea come to life.  It's knowing that it's finally real.

Jun 27, 2016

We've Made A Few Small Changes to Knock Knock!

Thanks so much for taking time to read our newsletter, "Knock Knock", and our blog, "Sense Of Place", we do greatly appreciate your support!

We're making things simpler for you (and frankly, for us!) by combining both into one blog. We're keeping the name "Knock Knock" and hope you'll continue to read and comment!



Need expert Residential Architectural advice for your new home or remodeling project? Contact Richard Taylor, AIA at RTA Studio Architects to arrange a meeting or an online consultation.