This weekend we had a visitor from Louisiana. A VIP as far as we're concerned these days!!
Kevin Harris our architect was in DC over the weekend, and he rented a car to drive 3 hours (one way) to see the house!
To say that we were excited was an understatement because who could possibly identify with our love of the new house better than its architect?!
It's very unusual for him to design a house that he doesn't carry through the construction phase and we appreciated his being willing to accept us as clients despite knowing that we didn't "want" (i.e. we couldn't afford) the whole package of his normal services.
Before beginning the design phase, Kevin had flown up so that he could view the building site,
but other than photos, Saturday was the first time that he'd seen "his" house.
After an in depth tour, we sat up on the back gallery (sounds better than veranda), ate lunch and visited for 2 hours. Being able to show the house to someone who truly cared about all of its details, plus getting a chance to catch up a bit on news from Louisiana made for a special afternoon.
Our home doesn't carry the price tag or measure up in physical size to most of his designs, but it's nice to know that he still considers it an important part of his portfolio. In our early meetings, we stressed that we wanted a comfortable welcoming home and we think that he hit a home run. Now if only I can keep from messing up the paint, lighting, fixtures etc.... I feel an awful lot of pressure to not ruin his concept with lousy interior choices!