16 Nov 2015

Life Happens – We Are Professional

Dwelling on... what it means to be a professional   Sketchbooking Kick It Into Gear Well HI there! … Been a while. This blog, MODwelling, is usually on a two-week-between-posts-schedule. It’s been three. This demands an apology to the two readers followers of MODwelling. I chose that blog name because it reminds me of dwelling at home, dwelling on thoughts, and it starts with 'D' fitting with MOD. Sorry about that y’all. This leads to an

26 Oct 2015

The Right Questions – Programming a Project

Dwelling on... The Importance of Programming as The First Step in a Project Intentions Confounded by Directions “What can I do for you?” the handyman said. “I want to push a button right here to open the garage door.” Tom answered, gesturing with one finger to the inside wall by the back door and pointing with the other toward the detached garage . Little did Tom know, these directions were going to cost more than he

23 Jun 2015

I Am Listening

Dwelling on Three Words   Another post in the #Architalks blog post series. This month's theme - MY THREE FAVORITE WORDS.   When the theme for this post was issued, there was a rush of three word phrases and three word combinations that came to mind. Let’s do lunch. Let’s get started. Let’s go sailing. Let’s go fishing. We’re almost there. We made it! Make it happen. This looks great! It’s all yours. Here’s the

23 Jun 2015

Homework – Demolition

Dwelling on #DesignersBuilding - A DIY Blog Series This blog series is an account of what happens when an architect, me, pushes past design and single-handedly tackles renovation from design through demolition and to construction. I look forward to sharing with you my discoveries, the challenges, and the solutions. Please share your stories of renovation and remodeling in the comments, DIY or not. Sunroom - Before  Beginning A highlighting feature of our house was the enclosed sunroom which overlooked

Coexistance21 Aug 2014

This is Exciting! It All Comes Together

This is the second in a series of posts called #Architalks, organized by Bob Borson at Life of an Architect . #Architalks is a group of architects writing blog posts around a single theme or subject and posting them all at the same time. Last month we took on some common questions about our profession.  This time we write on the theme THIS IS EXCITING.  I hope you enjoy this as well as the other #architalks posts. Be

Study Sketch of the Kilpatrick Home Design by MOD14 Jul 2013

Profit, Perils and Preconceptions – The Architect and Residential Home Design Plans

  "Just the plans.  Just the plans, ma'am."When US residents consider a new home, they essentially have two options: select from available listed homes or build a custom home.  When building a custom home, the process often starts with a search of residential home design plans.  There are many ways and places to get house plans but for this post I will refer to them as “plan-services”. When homemakers explore plan-services, they may be told