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Designing for How You Imagine Your Home Will Feel

An invitation to realize your dreams
The Designed by L.I.F.E.TM process invites you to create an inspiring home! Landon describes this as a home that "Looks great. Works well. Feels right." In other words, he is "Designing for how you imagine your home will feel." How is that different?

With most projects, the design program is shaped by a wish list and the pictures the client has gathered of spaces they like. The design objective becomes one of fulfilling the wish list and recreating to some degree what the pictures show. Too often, design then becomes a shuffling of boxes around within the space, resulting in a certain sameness to how designs feel, and an exercise in emulating a certain style that appeals to you.

There is a subtle, yet significant, difference between this approach and Landon's. He believes what you are communicating with your pictures is, "Design a space that gives me the feelings I imagine I would have, if I was living and working in a space that looks like this." If that is so, then our design objective should actually target what we are imagining--a subtle, yet significant difference. The first step in connecting you to that distinctive difference is Aiming, as described below. For that, Landon developed
The Room CompassTM. The results, then, do not merely look great and work well, they also feel right.

The four ordinals of The Room CompassTM are L.I.F.E., representing your Lifestyle Factors, the Interior Flow -- how "paths, openings and positions" affect the way spaces interrelate, the Feelings Created by these relationships, and your home's Exterior Connections (how it communicates with the outside world through its windows and doors). 

When your project is Designed by L.I.F.E.TM, the upgrades you choose will fit you, for a cost you can justify. 

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GUIDING PRINCIPLES
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THE DESIGNED BY L.I.F.E. PROCESS.
Get the ball rolling: Aiming Consultation

Let's face it. There can often be tension between those who want to "get to the bottom line" and those who are fearful they will overlook something, even if they consume hours of their time to research all their decisions. In response, you can request an Aiming Consultation to review what you are thinking about a potential project. During this visit, you will:

           ~  Clarify your wish list.
       
    ~  Identify what's working and not working for you, things to which you have adapted, accommodated and become accustomed
 
          ~  Discuss your Preliminary Budget and how the "baseline" effect of The Five "Buckets" is predictive of your overall project costs.       

The Aiming process typically takes between 2-3 hours with Landon either sketching ideas or you taking notes as you talk. After your session, you will retain these notes or sketches and/or be given some "homework." You can then use this to sort out what matters most to you and what direction to take!

During the Aiming consultation, you will also rapidly do a mixture of the following activities:

    Evaluate how your home feels, from a fresh point of view, using the four ordinals of The Room CompassTM, with attention to "paths,    
                         openings and positions." In particular, we will look how the three primary pathways (Views, Light, People) affect affect your home.

    ~  Clarify how you would prefer your home to feel. (Gather your pictures!)
    ~  Explore how you might reshape and re-zone your home, sorting out what kinds of activities would occur and where.
You will experience your home as you never have before during this "walk through" with Landon. In part, this is because of his wide-ranging experience in residential design and construction. (He has a track record of showing his clients how to do what others say cannot be done.) Your responses to his questions--and possibly your reactions to his ideas--will begin to frame what direction the design might best take. From that sense, the nature of further services, if needed, can be determined and a fee schedule set.

The fee for an Aiming Consultation for remodels is $300. Travel time may add an additional amount, agreed in advance. (
An Aiming Consultation for new home plans may take longer. A fee would also then be agreed in advance.)

As one client said, "I don't think I'm making mistakes that I've lived with before, but I'm certain I'm making ones I haven't lived with yet!" While these "mistakes" may be caught during construction, they too often result in costly change orders. If discovered after completion, they may result in regrets. Either is much more expensive than an Aiming Consultation!

After the Aiming Consultation

When you,  the client, decide to go ahead with the Designed by L.I.F.E.TM process and a fee agreement has been reached, the project will move into the Zoning phase. You will be given a room-specific survey for either your kitchen, your bath or both.You will be given a the "handshake" activities--the Visual Language and offered an optional Shape Preference Survey--developed by Landon for identifying aesthetic inclinations.  Landon also arranges for or creates an "As Built" plan. 

Designed by L.I.F.E.TM processes can be used to conceptualize and plan any size residential project -- from a small bathroom to an entire home. They can also be used to evaluate and "de-bug" new home plans -- before they are built!  Landon has developed thorough checklists, shaped by his previous clients' experiences, so there is little opportunity for the kind of problems that might evoke the comment, "If I had to do this over again, I would do it differently." The best part about it is that, in the end, your home will not only "feel right" to you, it will also feel right to those who visit you!

BEFORE

An active family's Sammamish home, with an imbalanced exterior, little sense of the entrance, and nowhere near enough storage.
   AFTER

A more defined entrance boosts street appeal.
Landon balanced the exterior by matching the existing dormer and extending the home with a "bike room" and shop. In the process, the laundry moved upstairs to a former "too small" bedroom, the home also gained an upstairs playroom and one more bedroom, a new kitchen (of course!) an expanded room for a nook, media center, and family hang-out. Re-locating the dining room added a home office!  Still just as active, there is now a place for anything, and cars can actually park in the garage -- when they're not working on them!
BEFORE
AFTER
This Kirkland home lacked street appeal. An awkward shed roof   over the stairs to the lower level looked tacked on. The house lacked a strong center to anchor its ell-shaped layout. Landon gave the home a more contemporary feel without having to completely reframe the roof. He also completely re-did the interiors.
The owner of this Bellevue home wanted a master suite above the bedroom wing. In a neighborhood with towering trees, yet neighbors crowding in on them, Landon proposed changing the home into a modern one with clerestory windows around the perimeter of the new 12'-high ceiling living space,  drawing sight lines up to the tree tops!


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