In order to be responsible architects we need to understand how the components of a building come together to create the whole. We think one of the best ways to supplement our education is through hands-on learning, so we’ve eagerly undertaken some construction projects of our own. From adding a second story to our century home to building our cottage in northern Wisconsin, we’ve attempted concrete, framing, siding, roofing, window installation, insulation, drywall, finish carpentry, painting, flooring, plumbing, electrical, and mechanical work.
When we work with clients we listen to what they tell us they need and want. Our job is not necessarily to design exactly what they suggest, but rather to investigate all the possibilities and present options for consideration that will give the results they’re looking for in the most efficient and economical way. Many times we’ve heard, “I never thought of doing it that way.”; then we know we’ve done our job.