Getting to Know You

Written by
Kate Haws

Getting to Know You

Written by
Kate Haws

Getting to Know You

Written by
Kate Haws

We like to picture the architectural process as a relationship and like every good relationship, it starts with getting to know you. 

We don’t really think in terms of square footage- we think about how you live and what you want.

It starts with a lot of questions about you and your lifestyle. For example: 

  • Describe your daily routine

We like to get a snapshot of what your typical day is like. What do you do when you first wake up? Do you work from home? How much time do you spend cooking? How do  you like to unwind in the evening?

  • What about the site you are building on is special?

We really do “build from here.” We’ve built on mountains, beaches, urban settings and (almost) everywhere in between. Each site we build on is unique and has its own set of conditions. The Bear Lake Cabin required a cupola to increase airflow and a large roof to shield from the direct angle of the sun. The clients for the Hillsden House wanted their home to retain the original charm of the neighborhood. Other homes were built to maximize views and provide privacy, such as the Broadway Park Lofts

  • Do you like to entertain? If so, how often and what types? 

For a family of five who love to entertain, the end result was an indoor outdoor living space. COVID has made people rethink spaces—open floor plans are great, but people now need private spaces to take calls from home, or even just have quiet moments by themselves. Working from home has created a need for live-work spaces like this one

We also ask specific questions about your preferences : 

  • Do you prefer your laundry room to be close to the bedrooms or near the entry within a mudroom?
  • Describe the daily functions in the family room. How do you enjoy using the space where the family comes together?
  • Do you have any preferred sight lines from the kitchen? I.e.: Do you prefer to cook at an island looking into other spaces? Do you prefer to do the dishes with a view outside or into the living room?

For a family living on a lake, they needed a durable space for visiting adult kids and grandkids to drop their wet towels and gear and retire to after long days of boating and swimming. A cabin in Eden, UT required an entry mudroom to store skis and winter gear.

A lot of people may describe this as custom home building, but we like to think of it as careful, thoughtful, intentional home building. We give a lot of attention to the little details that tailor  your home  to your specific needs and preferences- because every person and every family is unique.


Interested in working with us on your home? Contact us to discuss your ideas!