Meadowdale has delivered to the client
Being involved in a design-to-delivery residential building project is a multi-faceted journey. It begins with a conversation about what could be and what is possible and it culminates in something magnificent springing from where bare ground once was. It is pretty amazing when you consider what it takes to create something like this and the number of various things that need to be coordinated well to pull it off.
For me, there is the obvious -- the profession of design; working with architects, builders, specialty trades and the design industry all in a careful dance of timing and budgets. But there is also the personal side of design -- getting to know the client and their family, what they're passionate about and what type of living they envision in the next phase of their lives. I'm always hopeful that everything and everyone will work well together, but I know better. Anything worth doing is not always easy. The process of building, designing and decorating a custom home has its highs and lows and it is a highly personal journey you take with your client.
Each time a large project is delivered, it is an emotional experience for me. When I work on something every week for a year or more, a moment of reflection is required when it is finally turned over to the client. Meadowdale is certainly no exception. Each victory and each adversity along the journey has shaped the entirety of the experience and the final product.
An exceptional amount of planning goes into a project like this and yet, there are always things that pop up and require you to collaborate with others, rely on your team and fallback on your years of experience and even pure instinct to solve. You must always be in tune with the client and what they are experiencing in their personal lives, as that will undoubtedly influence changes that will be made to even your best laid plans.
A project of this size will include calls back to the home to add items and make adjustments. To do this well, I like to have the client use the home for a period of time and we'll reconvene and compare lists of what type of finishing touches should be included. For now, March of 2017 marked another chapter in my career and in my life. Getting to know, intimately, another wonderful client family and sharing life with them in this journey of delivering a home they only imagined until it the day it became a reality.
You can also take the journey by viewing the Meadowdale photo gallery. When landscape and hardscape are complete, we'll update with some additional exterior photos, as well as any final flourishes in the interior.