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A Rose By Any Other Name


A Rose By Any Other Name

It is time for another #archispeaks blog post. This month’s topic, House or Home, was selected by Keith Palma at Cogitate Design. There are a bunch of different architects that have written a little post about this same topic. Check out the links at the bottom of the page to read some different perspectives.

My immediate reaction when I saw this topic was, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” This might be due to the fact that the first flowers of spring have just arrived in my yard and I have had pollen on my nose for a couple of days. But it also might be because, as I have mentioned before on this blog, di’velept is rooted in a rural upbringing, and this topic just seems like semantics. It doesn't matter to us whether you call it a house, a home, a residence, a pad, or a crib; as long as you are comfortable.


Finding YOUR way to be comfortable is often much harder than it first appears. With all of the different home renovation shows and the constant barrage of commercials showing the next cool thing it seems like it should be simple to create a dream home. But as we all know there is not much reality in reality TV. Your search for a comfortable place to hang your hat will most likely be more drawn out and messy. As a general rule it is going to take a couple of months from our first hello until we have went through all of the different potential designs to find a final configuration that really is your perfect fit. But it is a journey that is worth taking. Living in a space that is configured to your styles and way of thinking about the world will affect your outlook on life. 

Perhaps it is the beautiful spring weather or maybe it is the change to daylight savings, but it seem that time for this post has run out, so this post is going to be really short and sweet.

Hopefully you have a minute to check out some of the contributors below.

Bob Borson - Life of An Architect (@bobborson)
The Designation between House and Home

Marica McKeel - Studio MM (@ArchitectMM)
ArchiTalks: House or Home?

Jeff Echols - Architect Of The Internet (@Jeff_Echols)
House or Home? The Answer to Everything

Lee Calisti, AIA - Think Architect (@LeeCalisti)
our house is home

Mark R. LePage - EntreArchitect (@EntreArchitect)
Emotional Marketing for Architects: House or Home?

Lora Teagarden - L² Design, LLC (@L2DesignLLC)
House or Home? It's in the story.

Collier Ward - One More Story (@BuildingContent)
House or Home? A Choice of Terms

Jeremiah Russell, AIA - ROGUE Architecture (@rogue_architect)
house or home: #architalks

Eric T. Faulkner - Rock Talk (@wishingrockhome)
House or Home -- Discover the Difference

Michele Grace Hottel - Michele Grace Hottel, Architect (@mghottel)
"house" or "home"?

Meghana Joshi - IRA Consultants, LLC (@MeghanaIRA)
Architalks #24 : House or Home

Brian Paletz - The Emerging Architect (@bpaletz)
House or Home? - Depends

Michael LaValley - Evolving Architect (@archivalley)
House or Home? Train for One, Design for Another

Greg Croft - Sage Leaf Group (@croft_gregory)
House or Home

Jeffrey Pelletier - Board & Vellum (@boardandvellum)
Designing a House into a Home

Samantha R. Markham - The Aspiring Architect (@TheAspiringArch)
6 Ways to Make your Architecture Studio feel like Home

Kyu Young Kim - J&K Atelier (@sokokyu)
Making a House a Home

Nisha Kandiah - ArchiDragon (@ArchiDragon)
Dwelling on a Macro scale

Rusty Long - Rusty Long, Architect (@rustylong)
House or Home

Keith Palma - Architect's Trace (@cogitatedesign)
I don't design homes

Jim Mehaffey - Yeoman Architect (@jamesmehaffey)
House or Home: One's a Place, the Other a Feeling.

Tim Ung - Journey of an Architect (@timothy_ung)
Architalks - A House is not a home

Mark Stephens - Mark Stephens Architects (@architectmark)
#ArchiTalks #24 House or Home? #RefugeeCrisis @GrainneHassett mentioned


Virtual Walkthrough


Virtual Walkthrough


In today’s post we are going to talk a little bit about why you should be using virtual reality for your projects. It really all comes down to communication.

Jargon - special words or expressions that are used by a particular profession or group and are difficult for others to understand.

Jargon is a communication problem for all kinds of folks. In addition to normal Language jargon Architects also have an additional stumbling block of drawing jargon.

At di’velept we get a bunch of opprotunities to talk with wonderful people. Those people all vary in their ability to look at a floor plan drawing and then be able know how the space is going to look in “their mind's eye”. Most everyone knows that basics, but without pretty expensive experience it is neigh impossible to look at that hallway on plan and know if it is going to feel like it is the right size.

This is why we feel there should be some sort of virtual reality exploration on all the projects we do. That does not always mean that you need to be strapping on a headset to look around your project, although we really love that option. It might just mean that we sit down together and review the 3D computer model. Or it might mean a 360° video walkthrough of your space. This is one of our favorite new technologies. Take a minute to view the video below. You can look around as the video plays, or if you want to look around longer from a specific vantage point you can press pause and continue to look around.

daylight analysis

In addition to just using virtual technologies to double check how things look, we will also help you have a great project by using virtual technologies to make sure work. We wrote a recent post about using computer modeling to calculate the amount of daylight a room is getting and if you need more (or less) windows. Or we wrote this post about using a computer model to catch beams sticking through ceilings long before the ceiling is built.

If you are thinking about a building a new project or remodeling something and leveraging this this technology to make sure your project is the best it can be send us a note.