|Tearing up the blueprints: |
A client contacted me wanting to have their retirement home plans analyzed. These folks knew full well that moving walls was both easiers and cheaper with eraser and pencil than changing them later with hammer and saw. The first floor plan was acceptable with minor modifications, but the second floor was a disaster. The problem was solved by turning the second floor layout 180 degrees. Once redrawn, the couple remarked on how much better it felt to them already - before a single board had been cut.
Being wise clients, they decided to move to their retirement community and rent for awhile before building. What they discovered was that they did not want to live there, so those plans got flushed. I was not to hear from them for another couple of years; and by that time, they had moved to be closer to their kids. Much to their surprise, they didn't see any more of their offspring than they did when they lived 8 hours away! What to do?
The answer was to identify the town (one state away) where they truly did want to retire, and have their dream home designed. Once again they engaged me for a plan review. Once again there were some basic problems which we corrected at the planning stage. We went through three revisions of the floor plans, but they understood what we were creating. Once the home was finally under construction, they called for a color consultation. Now they will move in the next few months to a home that will give them the harmony, the elegance and the peacefulness they want.
I only wish more people understood this!