designs that stood the test of time
the murray's modern farmhouse
Trendy versus timeless is a debate that seems to bring everyone to their own, unique conclusion. We think that there is no better person to ask than the clients who have actually gotten to live it. The Murray's home was completed seven years ago. Read more about their home, and if it's still as timeless as they originally hoped.
a note from bill
due diligence: don't design homes without it
THE DREADED MONEY PIT. HOW DO WE AVOID IT? THIS MONTH’S NOTE FROM BILL DISCUSSES THE IMPORTANCE OF QUIETING THE EXCITEMENT OF BUYING NEW PROPERTY, SO THAT YOU DON’T MISS THE RED FLAGS THAT COULD COST YOU LATER.
When you come across a property that you absolutely love, it’s especially easy to feel anxious of potentially losing it to another buyer, so you pursue more aggressively than you really should. And we’ve all heard the horror stories: the couple who excitedly purchases their first house, only to find out months later that the foundation beams are rotting away; or the developer, with big ideas of an apartment complex, buys a property only to learn after closing that the site isn’t even zoned for that purpose. A property that bleeds you dry—financially, at least—strikes fear into all of us, yet it’s all too easy to think, “oh, that will never happen to me.”
The only way to steer clear of costly mistakes down the road is to think critically and do your due diligence before buying. When comparing which is worse, losing out on a property to another buyer or purchasing a property with significant underlying issues that need attention, I will always think the latter is far worse. Believe me, I know that it’s not fun to start imagining yourself in a home, only to have that property sell to someone else. But remember: there will always be another property. By applying these considerations, that next property will be far less likely to be a so-called “money pit”.
TIMELESS ARCHITECTURE: HOW TO CREATE A SPACE THAT STANDS THE TEST OF TIME — REDFIN BLOG FEATURE
From the interior design to the outdoor landscaping, we want our homes to reflect our personal style and taste. When it comes to the architectural design of our homes, we have the opportunity to make a lasting impression that transcends trends and stands the test of time through timeless architecture.
Timeless architectural design not only adds value to our homes but also provides a sense of permanence and aesthetic appeal. In this article, we’ll explore what timeless residential architectural design means and how it can be incorporated into the design of our homes. Whether you’re building a new home in Atlanta, GA or renovating your current home in Boise, ID, understanding timeless design principles can help you create a beautiful and functional space that will be appreciated for years to come.
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paige — construction manager
being your own architect: the stahr renovation
In 2015, after many years of renting various homes in various locations, resident Studio21 architect, Gregg Stahr, and his wife, Tiffany, decided to take the proverbial leap into homeownership. They chose a small Cape Cod-style home in Wheaton, for two reasons in particular: First off, Tiffany had lived in Wheaton before, and from her experience there, she knew that the town was a perfect place to raise their children; Second, the home itself—albeit small—provided everything they needed at
the time for their family. It was also a nice upside that the original home was set up well for an eventual remodel and add-on.
a note from bill
five reasons why a design+build firm could be right for you
style and functionality of your home, as well as the timeline and budget. And even before all of that, you need to choose which avenue to take to bring this project to fruition. The traditional avenue is to hire an architect, who does the design, and they hand it off to a contractor for the building phase. Another option is to hire a builder, who then contracts with an architect to design the project. Both options can have great outcomes and work well for many different types of clients; we ourselves often provide services through these avenues!
You may not be aware, however, that a third option is out there: an architect-led Design+Build firm. At Studio21 Architects, we offer the One Point Design+Build service. It combines the architectural and construction aspects into one unit within our firm, and through the entire process, the emphasis is on design. The potential for miscommunication and finger pointing common with the use of two separate firms diminishes, without sacrificing the quality of the work. Below, I’ve put together a few reasons why a Design+Build firm might be the right fit for you and your next project.