The term “architect” is thrown around frequently throughout the process of remodeling or building a new home. You might know what an architect is and are willing to have a conversation about the necessity of […]
The four factors to manage in a new home or renovation project are scope, time, cost and quality. Time, cost and quality are referred to as the “Iron Triangle.” Given any defined scope of work, you […]
Importance of neighborhood & lot in home design If you’ve been daydreaming about the perfect home you’re planning to build, chances are, you have a fairly clear layout and home style in mind. But have […]
These days if you answer your land line after 6pm, open your mailbox, turn on the news or your computer – you’ll be inundated with campaign messages. No one I know (or who will admit […]
Architect Kevin Harris, FAIA, garnered the cover and 14-page editorial spread in the October, 2012 edition of inRegister magazine. Designated “Master of the House,” the article chronicles Harris’ path and approached to residential design as well as the international attention his firm’s work has attracted.
The estate at Lynnstone is the result of a 5 year collaboration with Kevin L. Harris, FAIA. Featured in the December issue of Robb Report, the 27,000-square-foot Tuscan-inspired estate is comfortably tucked away on 160 acres, with rolling green hills and treetop views. Reclaimed handmade 17th-century clay tiles top the roof while within repurposed wood and rustic stone compose the countertops, backsplashes, and flooring. The meticulous attention to detail and a near-obsession with historical accuracy (don’t move that elephant!) are hallmark Kevinisms.
Over the course of many years as an architect, I’ve figured out that designing a home doesn’t begin with the style you want. In fact, no matter where you plan to build or what kind of home you envision, style is what I add at the end of the design process, not the beginning.
Before I begin the design process, it’s important for me to understand what style you’re drawn to. I can’t begin to take pencil to paper until I’ve developed a sense of who you are and what elements resonate with you on the deepest levels. Absorbing impressions of your style is a chameleon-like exercise for me: It involves putting myself aside and focusing on you.
[image small=”http://kevinharrisarchitect.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/PICT9332_thumb1.jpg” align=”right” width=”217″ height=”288″ type=”image” skin=”on”] “Do I need an architect?” I hear this question several times a week—and it’s a good one, without a simple yes or no answer. The short answer is: […]