Concepts…

Initial pencil sketch and final 3D rendering of one of our newest homes in our upcoming Station House community

Concepts…

Like any new concept, the inspiration for designing a new home can originate from any number of sources.  But, I typically find that the heart and soul of each new home I create begins with a singular concept that usually predominates the overall design.  And, comically, it sometimes presents itself as a revelation at unusual or even inconvenient times. This has actually resulted in an idea being sketched on a napkin that lived in my pocket until I could get to my office several days later.   Sure, I’ve had ideas expectedly come from a picture of a brilliantly unique, yet functional kitchen layout in a magazine (yes, I still enjoy reading magazines). Or from seeing a derelict house reborn into a beautiful structure that compliments the neighborhood on one of those DIY shows (yes, I sometimes watch those too).  But, I’ve also been inspired from seeing so many beautiful farmhouses, situated in their pastoral setting, on a recent drive to the countryside.

I remember thoughtfully trying to figure out what feature or aspect of that sight that brought such warm feelings of home that I could implement into my next design. Sure, there are other practical elements that have to be considered.  Like, whether designing a home to fit a particular lot, or one that you plan to rebuild over and over, there are always a number of factors that will undoubtedly influence the ultimate design in some way. And, as a homebuilder, you also have the constraint that you are designing a home that hopefully appeals to a wide range of people, tastes, cultural backgrounds and generational differences.  It is because of this one, albeit huge factor, that a lot of new production homes look so similar. Afterall, this is a business, and character rarely wins out over profitability.

Being a small builder hopefully affords us the ability to design new homes that we are not only proud of, and ones that we would live in ourselves (I do by the way), but that also stand out from the multitude of homogenous designs that we have grown to expect when visiting any new home community.  That’s what I keep telling myself anyway, and I can only hope you feel the same way…

 

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