the years I’ve found myself helping my clients redesign their
entire homes. I suppose it was the natural progression of things when
you look at my background and the length of time I’ve worked
in the trade.
If you are going to purchase a home, or even if you want to remodel your current home, you're going to need to hire a contractor, many of my clients have hired a contractor, an architect, and a designer.
Some of my clients have ended up being talked into things they didn't need, spent money on ideas that they didn't want, and ended up living in homes that were not only stripped of their original architectural integrity, but no longer reflected the home owners' personality.
When you hire an architect, contractor, or high-end designer you have to remember that no matter how much you may like that person, his or her suggestions are in his or her own best interest. Obviously I'm not speaking of every Architect, Contractor and designer but you do have to be careful. Personally, I always make my clients happiness my first priority, even though we're all in this to make money I still want to be able to sleep at night. My suggestion is that before you select one of these people you should do your research and actually speak with several of their former clients. Don't just make your decision based on photographs.
After years of coming into people lives after they've spent a fortune
on a remodel only to find that they're not happy with the result,
I've been able to help some of these clients out with good advice.
Because of my many years of experience in new home construction, remodeling,
set design and building, etc… I could have become a general contractor
long ago; that's just not what I want to do with my life - I'm more
of an artist, having said that, I'm the perfect guy to help you out
with good advice before you go out and hire a contractor, architect,
or high-end design firm. I can educate you on what you can really
do with your home and still retain its original architectural integrity.
I can steer you in the right direction with solid, practical ideas.
And since I'm not planning on doing any of the work, you can trust
that I'm telling you the truth. You may even find that after we speak
you don't need to hire all those people and that your own ideas can
easily be translated into fruition.
We'll start off with a “walk through” of your home. We'll discuss what you want to change and talk about how practical these changes will be. I can also give you an idea of what improvements you don't really need and give you suggestions to help you save money. I'll usually leave you with some sketches as well. When we're done you'll have a clear idea of what is really possible, and you will be confident enough to speak with a contractor without feeling like you don't know what you're talking about. If after our initial consultation we both feel comfortable with our experience, I would also consider acting as a project manager for you.
Now, I have to tell you that I've gotten a nasty note from one designer about this section of my website, my guess is that he's the type of person we all need to be careful of. If you're an honest Designer who truly listens to your client and you're able to achieve a harmonious blend of your own talents with the clients needs and wants, well, then I'm not speaking about you. As-a-matter-of-fact, we should work together……