Your house, on the other hand, is a big fancy box. It’s a spectacular box…made of wood, glass, stone, metal, plastic, and other glorified dirt. It’s a wonderful gift from the earth that you take care of for the community while you’re living there. With all the architectural styling and grace in the world, without the human life inside it is nothing.
Our job is to make sure you’re happy with your house when you’re at home.
And by happy, I don’t mean the kind of feeling you get from looking at magazine glossies or the home improvement shows on TV. Those models and actors getting paid to look happy… well, you really don’t meet those kind of people much any more.
Happy means grateful. Happy means patient, and friendly. It means REAL… which is sometimes exhausted, grumpy, and running behind… but always honest and loving.
Changing the way a house works, looks, and feels doesn’t always guarantee a happy home. But I have seen, over many years, the good changes that people derive from tailoring their personal space. It’s as if you were wearing someone else’s suit, and then you have it tailor fitted by a master on Savile Row. Not just to stay on your hips and shoulders, but to move with them, make them smile, give you confidence that your presence in that suit is as attractive and comfortable as it can be.
So, that’s what remodeling is really all about, as I see it. Helping people feel happy in their homes by getting a better fit. Making the house work so that everyone inside feels more comfortable being at their best, worst, and everything that goes on in between. Remodeling is disruptive and creative at once; doing it well matters so much to us— not simply because we care about the gap between amateur and pro, but because of something Winston Churchill said:
“We shape our buildings and afterwards, our buildings shape us.”