Entries by Williams Residential Design

A Passion Project…

Have you ever had one of those “perfect” clients?  You know, the one’s that give you the creative freedom to design their dream house! Throughout my career, I have had many what would fit that description and with some, I have designed a number of houses throughout their lifetime.  I recently met a husband and […]

Collaboration and Like-minded Individuals

After 47 years in business you establish a work ethic that attracts other like-minded individuals.  This house begins a new design style for our firm, one that stared with a client who was interested in something unique and different for this rebuild.  Along the journey, we’ve had the pleasure of recommending Virginia Burt of Virginia […]

Loyalty and Strategic Partnerships

The business of architectural design has changed many times in 46 years of business, but, one thing that does not change is the process for design. Jenny and I have worked together for over 14 years. A collaborative relationship based on a platform of mentorship. As an architectural technologist, Jenny takes my hand drawings and […]

Monster Homes

There is a trend that has been around for a few years that is currently in the news and it involves the gentrification of neighbourhoods that were built in the 50’s and 60’s.  They have large lots, mature trees, updated services and most often amenities that are convenient for families. I started my career, 46 […]

The Technology Craze…and Design

When you’ve been in business for 45 years you’ve seen a lot of changes in your industry. I remember the days when we had to hand draw both design and permit drawings for submission. I’ve had a lot of white shirts that needed the cuffs replaced! Today, of course, everything is on computer! Is it […]

What is Your Inspiration?

Creative inspiration is one of the elements of good design. I have been fortunate to have found inspiration when travelling, networking and attending various seminars and tours of other great architectural projects. In today’s business climate, one of the first resources is the internet. It is here where you may find many different types of […]

Rubik’s Cube + Architectural Design

The design process usually starts with a few complex questions: “How long will this take?”     “When will I receive a permit?” Questions that speak to a complicated process that includes both time and patience.  We begin the process with a dialogue that involves inspiration, collaboration and arithmetic. Inspiration creates good design.  Every project […]

Membership and Mentorship

Creative inspiration is part of every design and as a veteran in the industry I’ve had my share of moments incorporating elements from various sources.  Travel is one of my greatest inspirations, whether in Italy, Spain, France, the Islands or the United States.  Visiting historical buildings that have stood the test of time is an […]

Design = Mathematical Equations

Im sure we’ve all heard that the “devil is in the details.” That is very true when hiring an architect. Its not only about good design, curb appeal and translating your dreams into reality it is all about proportion, scale, texture and aesthetics. Trigonometry, geometry, calculus and algebra are used throughout the design process as […]