What were the goals of the homeowner before starting this particular project? To update and expand an older home.
Where were important issues or considerations? Their main consideration in purchasing the home was its proximity to Lake Minnetonka. Their main objective was to make the existing house into a comfortable home for them to live in, as well as the kind of home that would make a statement about the owners, the prime location and the views.
What were the challenges? An outdated exterior elevation as well as a poorly laid out floor plan.
What were the steps in the design process? Discussion with the clients about their needs, objectives and budget, along with walk-thru of the home, and analysis of the site and existing structure. From there we began with conceptual sketches and initial floor plan ideas. Once we came to a consensus with how to define and reshape the space, we began with exterior elevation concepts.
How long did it take to complete this project? From the initial site visit to the final blueprint it took approximately two months in architectural work, another six months for construction.
What is your design philosophy? To be sensitive to the clients needs and wishes, and translate their wishes into a concept reflective of that sensitivity. The design has to be cohesive in its approach and respectful of the surrounding environment.
Would you like to add anything else? To work with an architect and to have your plans prepared by one puts you in command of your project. It allows you to look for the right contractor, by shopping and comparing apples to apples. It also gives you a knowledgeable advocate once you do have a contractor selected. We can look at a project with trained eyes, objectively, analyze different aspects of the project and help clients make good decisions. As creative people, we can suggest ideas that one might never have considered.