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Dream House - How Do I Know Just What That Might Be?

1. Know what you want, but allow for theĀ as-yet-unknown. Remember that the pictures of things that we sometimes think we must have, are directions, sometimes distractions, and not necessarily destinations.

2. When stuck, day dreaming can be valuable as a mental lubricant in opening locked doors.

3. If you like what you see on the other side and are ready to take the next step, take it.

4. Your life is uniquely one of a kind and deserves to be respected as such. The form of respect as proposed in the design of your home may, however, at first feel uncomfortable. Before tossing it though, try it on for size. It just may fit.

5. Your right to say no always prevails.

6. Reward yourself by aiming for the best possible results within realistic budgetary restraints. And be honest about what those are. It ultimately pays off.

7. Whether or not you're risk-tolerant, always allow for the unexpected. Allow for it anyway - it's less stressful.

8. Join creative forces with your architect on a journey of discovery. Mutual respect will take you the farthest with the greatest rewards.

They're purposeful and they provide shelter. We make them, we occupy them, and they're everywhere. Yet as byproducts of human minds and the embodiment of endless choices made, buildings, including our homes, rarely express their full potential to awaken our senses, engage our minds, and lift our spirits. Since they always affect us in some way, why not reach for that where possible, why not aim high and create them with loving care, give them a touch of life, awaken the flower within?

Certain buildings, homes no less than cathedrals, have the potential if tapped, to awaken our senses, engage our minds, and lift our spirits. Since buildings always affect us in some way, why not reach for that where possible, why not aim high and create them with loving care, give them a touch of life, awaken the flower within?

...within the seed of each new building sleeps a flower.


seed

Buildings/built environments, some far more than others, begin in the mind as an idea. From there they're shaped by many choices made along the way to built reality. Each choice - made consciously or subconsciously, entails an evaluation - good-bad, right-wrong.


These choices are based on certain criteria such as client needs, site characteristics, structural and mechanical requirements, to name an important few that affect all projects and eventually become the actual built environment. The sum total of all these choices and their real world consequences have the potential to be congruant in a way that resonates with the lives of its inhabitants. That potential is what I call the the seed.


flower

What I mean by 'flower' in the context of buildings is a state of being in which a built environment resonates with those experiencing it, but in a way that evokes feelings of joy.


Being internally congruant and at home in its surrounding natural environment is the hallmark of most living things that grow in place. Is it not appropriate, then, that the environments we build to house human life, inhabited structures anchored to the earth, also be self-congruant as well as attuned to the natural world?

But since human survival depends largely on their thinking and emotional responses to the world, is it not appropriate, also, that the places we build and then inhabit resonate emotionally in a way that signals a yes to the moments of life? Flower in this context is a built environment's capacity to do just that.


Internally congruant and at home in its surrounding natural environment is the hallmark of most living things that grow in place. Is it not appropriate, then, that the environments we build to house human life, inhabited structures anchored to the earth, also be self-congruant and at home in their natural surroundings?

But since human survival depends largely on their thinking and emotional responses to the world, is it not appropriate, also, that the places we build and then inhabit resonate emotionally in a way that is a yes to the moments of life? The flower in this context is an environment's capacity to do just that.

Beginning life as a flicker of  thought, a building enters daylight, given shape...

Taking root in the mind as a thought, a need, a want, a building's journey to earth and into our lives follows a winding path through a constellation of thoughts and decisions.

As an architect, my main area of interest is residential design where...

Warren Lawson Architect specializes in what can be called life-centered residential architecture where the core focus is life-centered residential architecture - homes attuned to you, the owner - your lifestyle, your needs, your wants, your dreams, your financial reality - and to nature.

Warren Lawson Architect specializes in what can be called life-centered residential architecture - homes attuned to you, the owner - your lifestyle, your needs, your wants, your dreams, your financial reality - and to nature.

Warren Lawson Architect specializes in residential architecture, the design of homes that are life-centered. Close attention is given to attuning each one to its owner's lifestyle, needs, wants, dreams, and financial reality - and to nature.

Warren Lawson Architect brings over 30 years experience to life-centered residential architecture, where homes are attuned to their owner's lifestyle, needs, wants, dreams, and financial reality - and to the surrounding environment.

Warren Lawson Architect brings over 30 years experience to the practice of residential architecture where emphasis is placed on the design of life-centered homes, each carefully attuned to the lives of its occupants - to lifestyles, needs, wants, dreams, and financial realities - and to the surrounding natural environment.

Warren Lawson Architect brings over 30 years experience to the design of homes that are sensitively attuned to their owners and to the surrounding natural world.

Warren Lawson Architect brings 30 plus years to the design of homes. Each receives full attention directed at optimizing its fit with the owner and surrounding natural environment.

The goal here is to transform the practical need for shelter into living environments - homes you can feel at home in, connected to, in love with. This transformation applies to existing dwellings as well as those designed from ground up

The goal here is to achieve satisfaction by transforming the practical need for shelter into living environments - homes they can feel at home in, connected to, in love with. This goal applies to existing dwellings as well as those designed from ground up

Warren Lawson Architect brings 30 plus years to residential architecture. Each home gets full attention directed at optimizing its fit with the owner and surrounding natural environment.

Warren Lawson Architect brings 30 plus years experience to the design of residential architecture. With each project, full attention is directed toward optimizing the fit between home, owner, and the surrounding natural environment

Warren Lawson Architect brings 30 plus years to residential architecture. With each project, personal attention is directed toward creating a built home environment that's finely attuned to its owner and congruent with its natural setting.