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Get a free 1950’s diner!

Ok, if you’re in Huntington, PA or nearby I want you to go check this out or the article is here too:
Send me photos! There HAS to be a 1950’s mid century nut out there who will take it…someone?

The Wealthy

A common problem for Architects dealing with residential projects. Ahh to bite the hand that feeds…


Most that use Architectural services in a Residential capacity have money. Usually a lot of it. Hence being able to afford the 8-12% (sometimes more) premium applied to the project. Because of this, there is a tendency to “lean on” the design. It is hard to do your job when you are being leant on. It gives you a bitter taste in your mouth.


The wealthy tend to be “stylistically” challenged. Style to them is a derivative of a trend in a magazine, or many clippings from magazines. Armed with subscriptions, these people seek a fusion Victorian, Classical, Romantic, English Garden, Modernist, Contemporary and whatever else they can find or have been told about. The Architect’s job is not to fuse, but to create a well thought out solution to a situation. What was that Architect’s fee going towards again?


The Wealthy tend to be litigious. Threats of legal action toward the Builder make for a hard job when you are stuck as the Administrator of a contract that in most situations one party doesn’t fully understand.


The Wealthy tend to look for the “gold trim”. The extra that the others don’t have. It may be a cantilever, it may be a shingled roof, it might actually be golden trim. Its amazing how important that first party can be. Be thorough with the snag list.

A lesson to learn from all this? Be careful, residential projects will always span a minimum of 3 years. 3 years can be a long time, depending on how old you are.

DISCLAIMER** In no way does this post relate to any of the fantastic clients I’ve worked for in the past. Its been a pleasure.

Wow, where to start….

It’s been over a month and nope (especially to “Red” - who didn’t leave me any contact info! ) we have NOT measured and replaced the window and put in the air conditioner. Many other things have stepped into the way of it happening. Not the least is our complete fear of measuring - [...]