"I was more than a little intimidated when evaluating my capability to succeed in the design / build process of a home in the Texas Hill Country. I was fortunate to have met Jim early in my process! He quickly assured me that designing the home that was rattling around in my head was a very doable project. He was not only right, but I actually enjoyed the process.
Jim doesn’t have any “cookie cutter” plans in the drawer! In our initial meetings he didn’t ask about the “house in my head”. He asked about my family, extended family and friends…how often would they visit, what would we do during their visit, would my home be regularly used for dinner parties and other social activities, did we enjoy gardening and barbequing, or gourmet meals and wine tasting? In other words, how would the home be used?
In later meetings he finally inquired about that house in my head. As we talked, he did some “cocktail napkin” sketches and plans that considered the vegetation and elevation issues particular to my property. Orientation of the home was different than I had initially imagined, but accounted for minimizing summer sun exposure and similar concepts that I hadn’t even thought about!
Some six weeks passed before Jim presented a set of preliminary drawings. I was amazed that Jim had captured everything that I had wanted the home incorporate. And there were multiple little surprises that all of those initial lifestyle questions drew into his process.
Jim is an architect but maintains a relationship with many of the area’s homebuilders. On several occasions during the build process I unexpectedly dropped by to evaluate progress and discovered Jim on site verifying certain critical areas or working through a specific issue with the builder. A bonus I hadn’t anticipated but very much appreciated!
I feel blessed to have found a truly experienced and talented architect, but, more importantly, a valued friend!"