Obtaining Your Dream Home — an Alternative
by Randolph C. Henning, Architect, Lewisville
Most people looking for a new home take the more common route by looking at what is already available in the marketplace and end up purchasing a home that they find that might best suit their needs. Unfortunately, the home that might “best suit their needs” more often than not requires compromise and, at the end of the day, ends up falling short of their dream home. Another valid and realistic approach is to retain a creative professional that is trained to create a custom home from scratch based upon the specific dreams, vision and needs of their clients. The fees for such services are relatively minor when compared to the overall cost of acquiring a home and, surprisingly, the quality and attention brought into the process adds considerable value.
Experienced residential designers and licensed architects specializing in the custom home marketplace facilitate a dialogue with their clients to determine the best fit of needs, wants, budget and site and then creatively evolve that rational prose into a spatially three dimensional architectural poem. Meaning and substance becomes the important criteria, not style. Not to worry though as, if successful, the home will have style, not just be one. The professional recognizes that their client provides the purpose of the home while the client’s property provides the home’s context. With a successful synthesis of both purpose and property the home becomes more than just four walls and a roof. It becomes a home appropriate to its place, honest to its inhabitants and, if truly successful, expressive of our 21st century.
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