|Ideas - keep 'em coming, fast and loose|
online business coach who’s a little wild and a little crazy, something I
admire in an entrepreneur.
Correction – she’s a lot
wild and a lot
crazy, which I
admire even more.
She’s also full of wisdom about how to market a small
business online, and the blog articles she writes about it are always, at the
very least, very entertaining.
Including one a couple of months back about how it’s ok to
quit doing things that you think you’re supposed to do, even though they’re not
helping you or your business.
Maybe those things aren’t a good fit for your particular
business, she writes, or maybe you’re just not very good at doing them.
If it’s not working for you, stop doing it. Even if you’ve heard a million times that
it’s the right thing to do.
Chuck it. Dump it.
Leave it behind. And try something
A bit unusual, that advice, but Naomi makes the point that
doing the unusual can get your business “unstuck” and back on the road to
You might find yourself stuck, too, if you’re trying to
figure out what to do with your remodeling or new home project.
You might be trying to make your house look like or work
like a house you’ve seen on TV, or on a home tour, or in a house plans book.
You might be trying to do with your house what your neighbor
did with theirs.
And it’s just not working, because you’re trying to do
things that you think you’re supposed to do, rather than the things you really
want; things that work better for you, or work better for your particular
You might even know what you’d like to do, but are afraid to do it
– afraid your ideas are too wild and crazy for most
Tsk, tsk. You’re
missing an opportunity to do
something innovative and special. I may have to report you to Naomi.
|What if...to save money, you didn't put in kitchen cabinets?|
I meet people every week who want to change something about
their home, but can’t quite bring themselves to do it – because they think what
to do isn’t what they’re supposed
Breaking free of boring, conventional design ideas isn’t
hard – it just takes a little exercise of your creative muscles (and yes, you
have creative muscles, you just haven’t used them in a long time).
There’s a bit of a trick, of course, but it’s a simple one: Ask yourself, “what if”, but don’t answer the
question…just write down the “questions”. Just scribble down every nutty idea that
occurs to you about your house.
Sometimes those ideas will be written thoughts, sometimes
sketches. Sometimes they’re a photo you
took, sometimes a picture from a magazine.
They’re all valuable fodder for design, and they all should go into your
“What If” file.
Here’s a few crazy ideas my clients and I have come up with
that ended up getting built:
back your pickup truck right into your basement so you could load up your cases
of homemade wine?
had a tower, with remote-controlled windows at the top that would let out hot
air on summer days and help cool the whole house?
What if…you didn’t
have much room for a garage on your property, so you built a two-story garage
What if...you built an open, spacious, comfortable, attractive home and kept the size under 2,000 square feet?
At RTA Studio, we encourage our clients to see every idea as
valid, no matter how unique, awkward, or seemingly impossible. Because ideas are the real building blocks of
What’s the wildest, craziest home design idea you’ve ever
Need expert Residential Architectural advice for your new home or remodeling project? Contact Richard Taylor, AIA at RTA Studio.
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