Residential Design

VOL1 2019

A business-to-business magazine focused on the collaborative process and talented work of residential architects and custom homebuilders.

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Having survived some intervening years of struggle, business is great again, although Rob notes that market exuberance is more rational these days. He feels the firm is better anchored now against rogue waves the economy may spawn. During the slowdown, he picked up his contractor's license, so he's able to build many of the houses his Ashe- ville office designs—capturing more dollars on each project and maintaining quality control. And he's expanded the business cautiously into Memphis (2013), with former LRK alum Jeff Edwards at the helm there, and into Nashville (2016), with Matt Zink, AIA, who interned in the Asheville office 10 years earlier. Jeff brings a great residential client base in another region, and Matt offers an additional revenue stream in restaurant design. They are each design directors in their locales, and Rob's office supports them on the business side. Only the Asheville office offers construction services. "The past recession was certainly a backdrop to these decisions to diver- sify—geographically and into design/ build," says Rob. "We want to be ready for the next big thing, but we'll only move toward these opportunities if they're about delivering good design. "Adding construction services was definitely born of necessity, but also a desire to be close to the work and close to all aspects of the decision making," he continues. "By its nature, architect- led design/build is integrated project de- livery. It's the buzzword in the industry now, but it's just the nature of how we go about our work every day: a builder sitting next to an architect, hearing phone calls—both good and bad. The awareness of what's happening on your project is instantaneous—instead of the lag and draw down of time and energy that's so inefficient." Given how much and how fast the firm has grown in the last few years, efficiency is very much on Rob's mind. Foremost on his to-do list is refining how the office collaborates—in Asheville, with the other offices, and with clients. So, he's investing in the best tools and technology he can find. "We produce our drawings in Revit. But we're also adopting BIM360, so we can be more collaborative inter-office and intra-office. Day in and day out, we use Enscape to study the details—the visualization it affords is irreplaceable," he explains. "Enscape will export to an Oculus This page: Featured on last year's CRAN Symposium tour in Cincinnati, the LEED Platinum Grandin Terrace Residence was designed for environmentally conscious empty nesters. Key functions are located on the main floor and secondary rooms on the lower level of the steeply sited house. Photo: David Dietrich Photography Photo: David Dietrich Photography 24 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 1, 2019 PRO-FILE BUILD

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