Residential Design

VOL2 2019

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

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focused fast on getting up to speed. "We worked hard to build the best construction company and to integrate it really well with the architecture firm," says Scott. "It was profitable right out of the gate, and it gave us control of the design from start to finish. The quality is higher, and the most surprising thing is the liability went down. "The scariest thing about design- build is that it's two entirely different professions. You have to have respect that fact," Scott warns. "So, whenever we didn't know something, we hired somebody who did. We hired supers with 30 years of experience. It's a lot cheaper to pay them than to be sued. We pick up mistakes before they get in the field and correct them. We've never been sued because we fix things quickly." What Scott's firm does is no longer "fringe," and competition is growing. Still, he's way out in front, with two decades of experience, achievements, and market reputation. He's led with design, backed it up with construction chops, and infused it with concern for the environment and the well-being of his clients. He's designing and building true green homes that he hopes will become as commonplace as organic food, once also a fringe item. Says Scott, "Green building has been running a parallel course to organic food. And now every Kroger and Safeway has an organic food section, which helps bring prices down. I'm optimistic green building will become more affordable and accessible before too long." —S. Claire Conroy Wedge House is a design-build remodel of a 1973 ranch, resulting in a high-performance house with geothermal heating and photovoltaics. 26 RESIDENTIALDESIGNMAGA ZINE.COM VOL. 2, 2019 PRO-FILE BUILD NEW Standard Installation Model 480 22 Gauge Aluminized Steel—Shown Painted Give the Dryer Some Space Today, you can place the dryer flush to the wall without crushing the exhaust hose or otherwise restricting airflow. Specify the Dryerbox for safer, roomier and more efficient homes. Room to Breathe ® 888-443-7937 FOR MORE INFO CIRCLE 13

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