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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headset, so we can get clients into the space. It's great for explaining concepts and resolution at a level we could never do before—it gets them more engaged in the project. And I'm very confident it will save money on change orders." The virtual reality (VR) tools have had the unexpected benefit of support- ing Rob's burgeoning workload as both a designer and managing principal. "I'm 46, and already a dinosaur versus the 24-year-olds in my office," he says. "I'm probably not going to learn Revit, but I will engage with VR and it enables me to stay on top of the details." After rolling out VR tools in the Ashe- ville office, Rob is moving ahead with their deployment in the other offices. "To attract and keep the best talent, you have to have the best technology," he says. It's clear the young people coming to his firm will receive the same first- rate education in business management he did back at LRK. Looney Ricks Kiss grew too big too fast, forcing a Chapter 11 reorganization at the nadir of the recession, so Rob applies those lessons, as well, by taking proactive measures while times are good: diversification into different revenue streams, different markets, and acquiring the right tools to trim waste. It's all a means to a single end, however—delivering good design. —S. Claire Conroy Designed and built by Carlton Edwards, the Piedmont Residence, which overlooks a lake in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, won a 2013 AIANC award. Photo: David Dietrich Photography 25 VOL. 1, 2019 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM NEW: Keep Beautiful Home Exteriors Beautiful Venting Never Looked So Good 888-443-7937 DWV4B DWV4B DWV4W Powder Coated Heavy Gauge Steel Today, exterior terminations get the attention they deserve as components that actually enhance aesthetics. Built in the USA of powder coated heavy gauge galvanized steel, they stand the test of time. Clean lines and superior performance make Dryer Wall Vents ™ worth a closer look. FOR MORE INFO CIRCLE 11

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