Daily Prompt: Homeys

Yeah, I couldn’t really resist adding this little clip. Who doesn’t love In Living Color? 🙂

But, seriously, today we’re talking about Home. And for an architect, and especially a residential architect, Home is something we think about a lot. And not just because we’re always stuck in the office and hardly ever get to go there. Home is what we do – we CREATE Homes, not just houses like in the world of big box retail residential manufacturing (lets be honest, it’s not really architecture if they all look the same….and they do. ALL of them).

And creating a home for someone is much more involved than just drafting some walls, doors and windows and throwing a hipped roof on top. There is a process involved and it begins with understanding people, understanding the client and the client’s wife/husband and the client’s children, etc. Understanding space and the difference between quartz and granite countertops comes later, much later.

As an architect, this is our primary function. Builders are great at showing you a picture of a house that someone else designed for someone else’s lifestyle and building that for you (not to say that there aren’t exceptions), but at the end of the day it’s still a home designed for someone else, not you. So, if you really want to build your home and not someone else’s, talk to an architect first.

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Independence Day

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A happy Independence Day to all. I don’t like calling this holiday “the fourth” or just “4th of July” because it doesn’t convey the weight and the importance of the day as “Independence Day” does. Today is a magnificent celebration of the sacrifices and triumphs made by our forefathers who fought against the British monarchy and created the first truly free and democratic society on Earth. This is an achievement that deserves and demands the utmost respect and admiration and honor that we can give.

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So, today, while you’re preparing for fireworks, and bar-b-que, and playing in the park with your kids, or getting set to light those bottle rockets after sucking down a six pack, remember your freedom came at am amazing price. It came at the price of countless thousands who determined that they would no longer live under the rule of tyranny, but instead would fight for a nation, one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. God Bless America.