A new client told me how more space was needed for a family room and two more bedrooms. We took a little time to understand these needs -as solutions to a deeper need. The home’s shortcomings were few, and mostly related to how the home was laid out. The layout no longer effectively served the growing family. It turned out the additional space was just the highest of the family’s many priorities. Initially, they felt addressing all of their needs were out of the question, so they hadn’t asked us to look at the kitchen and other areas.
Through focusing on the priorities of a longer list of needs, we learned of a number of other challenges that could be included in an overall assessment of the family home. And after sifting through a handful of possible solutions and their relative merits, all at the meeting table took stock. Eureka! Almost every concern about the home had been addressed. The chosen design solution was simple, and it bore no resemblance to the original design conversation. We reflected silently on this for just a moment, and then we all broke into laughter. It was the beginning of a great renovation!