2 Years of Education by ASHELY ANDERSON

I going into my 4th year as a solo firm and these past 2 years have been a lesson to say the least.  How do you move from depending on others to find work and provide you an opportunity to practice, and then to go on your own and achieve the same result. 

Well that has been my lesson for the past 2 years since my last post.  I contracted myself out to do work for another company to keep the work consistant and pay the bills, but then I'm not able to fully develop my own project the way I would like.  Very interesting.  

The other lesson is companies tend to work with the same people they are use to, and working your way into the mix can be difficult.  We are creatures of habit and like things to go well every time so if we can find people that help us produce a consistant quality it makes thing run smoothly.  So I understand, but on the flip side just give me a chance.

And finally, finding clients has been going well, but getting them to commit on a project can be a challenge and then paying fees.  Why do we think discount shopping applies to every aspect of our lives.  You want something nice and original, but why are you giving me a plan you found online and/or a magazine, and think I will want to reproduce someone else's work.  Also you want me to give you a discount on my fees, because I don't have to think about it.  Not right, but this is one of the things we have to deal with.

I am hoping things will get better.  Thanks to those clients that I have had who really understand and have been willing to pay for what they want.

Ashely Anderson

ABA Design + Build by ASHELY ANDERSON

Last year we started building what we designed, and I am pleased to say we are going into the new year with three projects under our belt.   

It has been a long hard road to this point, but I think it can only get better.  We have renovated a house for a family that survived the Houston flood and I'm happy to say they will be moving back in there house this weekend. 

We had the opportunity to renovate a 30 year old house and add some nice update that bring some life back into the places.  

And we have started a renovation of the pool house for a past client that I wrote about previously, "The Breaswood Redo".  We have began construction on the existing foundation, and hope to upload some picture from the project.

Anyway, a lot happening for the shop! 

 

Buenas!

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House for the House Family by ASHELY ANDERSON

It's not often that you run across a project or a family like this one.  I have really grown to love them and this project.  It started off with all of the right intentions and then went wrong and I came in to repair and fix what was broken.  With a lot of time and effort the project is back on track and on it's way to being a great project.

Lead by a wonderful Interior Designer from Colorado, Marjorie Cranston, of Marjorie Cranston Design and Jack Straw Mountain Gallery.  A very talented artist, as well as Interior Designer, she has really brought the concept together.  Here are some sample of her artwork.

Mountain Color

Mountain Color

Purple Flowers

Purple Flowers

Needless to say she is very professional and works well with the client.  

The House family are all entrepreneurs, and are very matter a fact about what they want, but are fun to be with as well.  We are working with Texas Journey Construction on the project, and  I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.  

Enjoy,

ABA

Paris in Kingwood by ASHELY ANDERSON

It takes a visionary to do something that's different and distinctive.  That's how I would describe my client wanting to recreate Paris in Gated community in Kingwood.   Not the norm in a field of Italianate and Provincial recreations.  With hints of Versailles and the St. James Hotel this house will bring some distinction to the area, and a nice touch to the community.

I am honored to be apart of the team working on the project.  I am saying very little to maintain some intrigue, but I really like what I'm seeing so far.  I have included some inspiration photos for the project and will share some more once we commence construction.

Kitchen Idea

Kitchen Idea

Pied-a-terre 

Pied-a-terre 

Enjoy,

ABA

Forgotten Art Form by ASHELY ANDERSON

I have been practicing Architecture for 20 something years and I think some of the best time I have enjoyed have been those times when I have the opportunity to sketch.  I was reading a blog recently that encouraged Architects and Designer to get back to the practice of sketching for which I could not agree more.  There is just something that comes through a sketch that you don't experience when you design on computers.  There is a visceral connection that exists between paper, pencil, and  hand that you don't experience any other time in a project.  Not that you don't enjoy the practice of seeing a clients dream realized, but in that moment of interpretation and manifestation is the realm of the sketch.  I plan to use the tool more often.  

I have attached some sketches that I have worked on recently that I really enjoyed.

AA.

Garage / Guest Loft

Garage / Guest Loft

Meditation Retreat

Meditation Retreat

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Braeswood Redo by ASHELY ANDERSON

You never know what's going to happen when you give a set of plans to an owner whether what you designed will make its debut or will something else emerge.  There is also that time when mildly surprise at the outcome.  This house was that for Me.  I had an idea but the owner had a better one.  

Their personality really came through in the execution and I think it's going to be a fantastic project.

 

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House Front

Designed by a prominent Architect in the 60's the house was fashioned in the Mid-Century style.  Low roof lines and expansive Living area overlooking the pool makes this a special house. 

The present owners have been in the house for a couple of years and although the house is amazing it had not been updated for more than 20 years and was not conducive to raising a modern family.  They had issues with the room sizes and air conditioning was undersized and the kitchen was dated and although you have these great views off the back of the house the kitchen is rather sequestered. This house was made for entertaining and seeing the kitchen was not important in the 60's as much as it is today.

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Former Kitchen

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Venthood at center of Kitchen

Also you could not see anything from the kitchen.  There was a view to the living area but no connection to the dinning or the back yard.  Having roots in Florida and California they really liked more of an open concept plan.  All the things a Mid-Century should be.

So our 1st Phase was to make the  Kitchen more functional and open it up to the rest of the house giving it more prominence in the daily lives of the owners and their children

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Kitchen looking toward the backyard

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The same venthood area with new skylight.  We will reclaim the hood for this project.

I can't wait to see it completed.  The rest of the house will follow.

AA

A sad ending! 

A sad ending! 

This project was one for the record books.  Completed around Christmas and the result was amazing.  I had the opportunity to enjoy Hannukah here and 6 months later it's all in the front yard due to flooding!  I just pray blessing in this family.  I know it's a time of reflection.  I have been here in this position with my own family.

Long Awaited by ASHELY ANDERSON

After many years of doing things the hard way I have decided to move into the future.  We are only accountable for what we actually confess.  Most of us never actualize our thoughts or dreams for fear of reprisal but today I have taken a giant leap for mankind.  I started a virtual storefront, and I hung my shingle, as they use to say.  I started a Squarespace!  ABA Design is...

 

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