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

12 Oct 2015

Architect as Citizen

Dwelling on … What it is to be a Citizen Architect?   Another post in the #ArchiTalks blogging series.  #ArchiTalks is organized by Bob Borson at Life of an Architect. A group of architects writes blog posts around a single theme or subject and posts them all at the same time, ensuring a good range of various takes on the subject or theme. Last month we wrote a post on the theme of WORK/LIFE in

8 Oct 2015

Homework – Rain Delay Rails

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 some 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. Rain Delay If you have caught on to my every-other-week-post-schedule,

9 Aug 2015

Homework – Demo to Framing

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. 'Other Stuff' Discovered During Demolition Review Last time, in the premiere Homework post, I highlighted demolition

23 Jun 2015

Making Space and the Favorite Place

Dwelling on what makes the favorite place... Another post in the #Architaclks blog post series. Steam rises from a mug of morning goodness to catch the rays of the rising sun that streak sparingly at their shallow angle through the bay window. The spider fern there bends – reaches and joins a dance as a breeze catches the sheer curtains, briefly billowing into the room. The morning breeze makes its way over and buffers the

Novedge Interviews MODarchitect.

Photo by Patrick Sullivan - Hendersonville Times News Earlier this week, Aurora Meneghello of Novedge interviewed Modus Operandi Design Architect Jes Stafford for their blog. See the interview here. It is a great blog post to get to know Jes and the roots of his interest and beginnings in architecture. Have a look. Aurora has been an active participant in the Google+ community, Big Time Small Firm, that Jes founded. She has been a regular

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

Town Hall, Fletcher, NC – Topping Off

Setting Steel at the Town Hall Project Recently, we met a major milestone with the Fletcher Town Hall project when Cooper Construction set the cupola atop the roof structure, finishing the highest piece of building. Currently, this is the largest construction administration project with Modus Operandi Design. It is exciting to see the progress so I wanted to share a little of this with you.Check out this short slideshow showing the progress from the initial

The Role of Visionary Interlude – Mexico City Earth-Scraper

Dwelling on Exploration in Design... Why do architects work up and present grand un-built concept projects?  They are entertaining. They are inspiring. They exercise one’s ability to solve problems, develop solutions, and defend ideas, especially during tough times where there are spare hours over the drawing board.  There is unrealized value that builds on the inspiration.  It would be fantastic to know how many people saw the article linked below, and were inspired to the

13 Jun 2013

Hello and welcome!

Dwelling on a blog... What is MODwelling? I have pondered this more than many times since we launched Modus Operandi Design, PLLC. I have certain frustrations for modern policies, politics, and posturing that go into making a great piece of architecture. I also value their place in providing public safety and welfare with artistic value. The balance of frustration with and acceptance of the policies, politics, and posturing is only one example of the dance