How do you choose an architect? And how does an architect choose you? Before embarking on a project as central to your family as your home, you must feel confident that the architect you’ve chosen is right for you and is fully engaged with your need and desires.
For new homes, I’ve found that scheduling a free, one-hour meeting with potential clients is the best way to give us a chance to get to know each other. After an hour spent talking about the home you envision and our design process, we’ll know if we’re compatible and will work well together.
My focus is on you, not me
People often ask me, “What is the Kevin Harris style?” Truth be told, there isn’t a single Kevin Harris style. For some architects, perfecting a single or signature style is a great business model that can produce lovely homes. I don’t, however, practice architecture as tailored versions of a single style. Instead, I prefer an open design process where the style results from the natural expression of you, your site, and the region in which you live.
My designs always begin with function—that is, the unique needs of your family—and gradually progress towards an expression of your style. As a result, my homes are as rich in personality as their owners.
So, if you’re hoping for a house or renovation that reflects your personal style, fulfills your family’s needs, and blends well with your site—then I’m the perfect match for you. My passion as an architect is to design a home so well suited to you that a close friend would be able to drive down the street and know at first sight which house is yours.
From a Tuscan villa to classic Southern
If you look through my portfolio, you’ll find that over the course of thirty years of design work, no two of my projects look the same. This is because the likes and dislikes of my clients are always different, and I thrive on the challenge of designing homes that reflect those differences. I have a deep appreciation for a wide range of architectural styles and love the creativity involved in designing a home that resonates at the deepest level with you and your family.
Aside from your interest in creating a unique home, what else do I look for in you? I hope to find an appreciation of good design and the impact it has on daily life. I also want the sense that we can have a fun, comfortable relationship working together.
In fact, in the end, feeling comfortable with each other is the most important consideration of all. From that, all else will flow.
© 2011 Kevin Harris, Architect, LLC
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