The purpose of all architecture writes Christopher Alexander is to encourage and support life giving activity, dreams, and playfulness. But in recent decades, while our buildings are technically better–more sturdy, more waterproof, more energy efficient– they have also became progressively more sterile, rarely providing the kind of environment in which people are emotionally nourished, genuinely happy, and deeply contented. We adhere to design standards that provide life-giving, dream-feeding playfulness. Our projects are alive and vibrant, and still satisfy the spreadsheet.
All our lives we have been around construction projects. We grew up in families that worked on projects. Every home was redesigned and modified or built from the ground by our parents. Conversations have always orbited the planets of design and function. For the last 15 years Estee and I have been working in and around single family residential real estate. Our process hinges on actively listening and observing. We rigorously strip away elements to effectively uncover what is left, which is the architectural representation of the personality of our client and the way they want to live.
This is something we do for fun. We believe that if it is not fun, we are doing something wrong. We love God’s gift to us, the joy of creativity. We build neat houses, build neat old trucks under the name Project Magpie, and we sew and weld and generally just explore ideas with whatever else gets us where we want to go.
Currently Estee is completing the design of a couple of project houses for clients while Rob is working at the national level to design, build, and manage the disposition platforms that help efficiently manage and sell residential inventory for the largest holder of residential inventory in the country, Fannie Mae, and he is slowly but surely restoring an M715. We have a good time, build cool stuff, and are always looking to meet new people who enjoy what we do. Give us a call or shoot us an email!
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