Featured Business of the Month – Design Solutions:FORE
When do you need an architectural designer? Obviously, any time that you are thinking of building a house; however, you also need one whenever your home improvement project moves beyond simple painting, repairing or minor redecorating. If you’re thinking of adding square footage or doing major remodeling to your home, you need an architectural designer. If you’d like to extend your living space outdoors and want your landscaping to enhance the look of your home, you need an architectural designer. If you want to transform your basement into an entertainment space or in-laws quarters, you need an architectural designer.
Why an architectural designer? These are the people who have the formal education and the creative eye for turning ideas into executable plans that can be used to realize your dream. Architectural designers fuse the artistic flair of the worlds of art and fashion with the engineering knowledge of materials and building methods and codes, resulting in a vision of what that dream would look like if it were built.
Architectural designers aren’t builders, although they understand building well and may remain involved during the construction process. Architectural designers aren’t artists, yet usually have a great eye for color, spatial placement, balance and harmony. Architectural designers aren’t horticulturists, yet they can create layouts and groupings of plants that are pleasing to the eye and friendly to the environment. Architectural designers aren’t engineers, yet their knowledge of materials and physics are applied to ensure that the things that they design can actually be built, will be structurally sound and will meet local building codes.
Some builders have in-house architectural designers who are probably good at what they do; however, remember who they work for – the builder. If you want someone who is working for you and looking out for your best interests, use the services of an architectural designer. A great local choice is Ronna Freeland, President of Design Solutions:FORE.
Ronna describes herself this way: “I am an Architectural Designer specializing in custom residential architecture, additions, remodeling, interior design and landscape design. Designing the structure to maximize functionality while capitalizing on natural light and features of the site becomes the basis for the finishing touches of interior and landscape design. Seeing the project which I’ve envisioned in its completion is very satisfying, but the most rewarding aspect of my work is in knowing that I’ve improved my client’s environment and positively impacted their everyday lives.”
Ronna explains how she does business – “Each project is unique and involves varying scopes of work, sometimes with a potential for misunderstanding. Prior to beginning a project, I prepare a detailed proposal which includes what is being contracted and what my fees are. Many clients become friends and my proudest accomplishment is when clients refer me to their friends.”
Ronna has an interesting background; transitioning from a successful career in the IT industry to pursue her lifelong love of architecture and design. While the structure and discipline required for computer coding had some appeal for her, it lacked an artistic outlet, so she returned to school to achieve her Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and gained experience in residential and commercial architecture during a 6-year internship. Since starting her company in 2003, she has completed her Master of Architecture degree while establishing her client base of builders, contractors, and homeowners. She especially enjoys the personal aspect of working directly for homeowners.
Ronna is a member of the Huron Valley Chamber of Commerce and is an Ambassador for the Chamber. I got to know her through that involvement. She’s one of the people that you feel good about knowing and enjoy spending time with. Her website is currently under development, but you can see some of her work by clicking here.
So, before you rush out to the home improvement store to start buying tools and materials for that addition that you have in mind – STOP. You need an architectural designer! Before you take the sledgehammer to that wall in your house that you want to remove to create the great room that you’ve always wanted – STOP. You need an architectural designer. Before you tear out all of the existing plants in your yard and start putting in perennial beds – STOP. You need an architectural designer. Call or email Ronna Freeland at Design Solutions:FORE – (248) 676-2306 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Now you have an architectural designer!
For those who may be interested in knowing more about the differences between an architect and an architectural designer, here is a link to the Wikipedia page on that.