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Getting There continued

Such ideal homes can be made real following certain guidelines:

Bringing them to life requires strong desire, shared purpose, committment, discipline, and effective dialogue. But, in the end, getting there ultimately requires getting it right - hitting the mark. Which means, above all, that the core ideas and objectives guiding the design be clearly defined, understood, communicated, and carefully implemented throughout.

Getting it right - hitting the mark architecturally where everything comes together in a way that rewards - is a complex process requiring, not just talent and skill on the part of architect, consultants, and contractor, but a good owner-architect-contractor fit and a mutual grasp of design intent by all those involved. Effective communication is the key if all the myriad decisions made throughout the course of a project are to lead, ultimately, toward excellence and owner satisfaction.

Toward that end, I utilize “Building Information Modeling”, a digital project delivery method. With BIM, design intent can be effectively managed, communicated, and comprehended by all those involved. Risk of faulty decisions and costly errors going undetected until later is reduced, thus improving the prospects of achieving a successful outcome.


     -     An owner happy with the results.

     -     Successful joint effort by all involved in the building process.

     -     A built environment that succeeds, both experientially and financially, in meeting the owner's’s goals and mine, enhances their life, meets my standards, and to the extent possible, leaves the earth a better place to be.

     -     A built environment attuned to nature, the earth.

     -     Finding the most effective and appropriate means of weaving owner lifestyle patterns with site conditions and energy considerations.

     -     Facilitating the achievement of maximum integrity by grounding the design firmly in the present and, when appropriate, using building materials in as simple, honest and authentic a manner as possible.

     -     Respect the fact that each project is for the owner; that their money is paying for it.

     -     Aim high with feet firmly planted on the ground.


     -     Collect/analyze all relevant data; establish wants, goals and priorities including esthetic values and budgetary limitations.

     -     Identify an effective path to achieving those goals and priorities.

     -     Identify potential obstacles to achieving those goals and priorities; Search for means of reconciling and merging conflicting viewpoints, goals, esthetic values, etc..  

     -     Explore possibilities; look beyond the familiar.                        

     -     Encourage early participation by the contractor along with other team members.

If you would like to learn more, please contact me at warrenlawson@mac.com.       back...


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The places we inhabit become part of us. Make them well.

warren lawson