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


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! 




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.


Garage / Guest Loft

Garage / Guest Loft

Meditation Retreat

Meditation Retreat

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