Questions and Answers
What types of jobs are the most common?
Wright Design, LLC has worked on new residential and multi-family construction, renovations and additions to homes built in each of the past three centuries.The oldest home we worked on has been in their family since 1790! Renovations are the most common, because there are so many great old houses.Even older homes can be retrofit green and to help aging-in-place. Re-envisioning a home is one of the greenest choices. We just love helping improve them for the next 100 years.
What are you most proud of?
I am most proud of the design and construction of a new residence in the Cincinnati area following the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) principles. This project takes traditional cost effective building methods and couples them with newer materials and energy efficient systems to create a comfortable and durable modern house filled with light.The main floor has two bedrooms and two full bathrooms, a large social space with a separate laundry and pantry. It is also designed so the owners can age-in-place, so accessibility and adaptability was planned into the project. It has ADA compliant thresholds for easy entry from the front door and garage.The two main floor bathrooms allow for wheel chair access have blocking installed, should the need for adding grab bars arise. All doors are 36" wide to allow for easy access, whether moving furniture or going in to watch TV and relax. All door and faucets have lever handles. The lower level has two bedrooms with a full bath room, home office, storage, mechanical space and wood shop.The home is heated with a geothermal heat-pump. Hot water is also provided by a heat-pump water heater and when the geothermal system is in heating mode, it supplements the hot water production by transferring heat energy to the water.
What do you recommend to know before hiring you?
The Architect's role in the beginning of a project is to help map out a path to a successful project - it is not necessary to have everything figured out before reaching out to a professional.
What questions should a customer ask before hiring you?
Does the Architect know how buildings are built and how to create a quality experience for the client?Is this Architect involved from planning and design through construction - a Leader for the client through the whole building or renovation process?Does the Architect know green and/or sustainable building practices?Does the Architect know how to achieve good indoor air quality?Can the Architect keep my project on budget?
How can we save money hiring you?
Understanding how buildings are built helps me be a better Architect. This means the work stays within budget and the clients ideas and goals are met - focusing on quality and balancing it with cost.
Do you offer any service after finishing the work?
Wright Design, LLC works with clients from the project planning stage through construction.We also follow-up with our clients after the main construction work is complete to know that things are working well and to help answer any questions.
What is important to know about your profession?
Accessibility is about buildings supporting the ability to live and work in our homes and community. It is also about safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level.I think accessibility considerations are becoming more common with the large numbers of healthy Baby Boomers nearing or entering retirement and reconsidering where and how they want to live as they age.
During the 18 years since, I have been part of successfully completing over $300 million in built work: from new homes to large commercial projects including Multi-Family Affordable and Senior housing, Campus housing, Retail, Hotels, Schools and Fire Stations.
What kind of questions do customers ask you?
I think accessibility considerations are becoming more common with the large numbers of healthy Baby Boomers nearing or entering retirement and reconsidering where and how they want to live as they age.A client recently asked, "What changes would I need to make to my house so that my elderly parents could move in and stay with us?"The suburban home has three levels: the lower level is a walk out basement with a bedroom suite; the main floor has a couple steps up from the yard and garage; the upper level has bedrooms and baths.Top three client concerns: Parents should be able to maintain privacy and independence; Have access to most of the social areas of the house; Be able to come and go as needed.Top design considerations: Let's look for ways to improve accessibility and the home's value at the same time; Let's look at maintaining the lower level bedroom suite and add kitchenette with an elevator or lift vs. adding a main floor grandparents suite. It will be important to consider how changes will benefit individual needs, while being done in a way that benefits the whole family - a Universal Design approach.An example would be elevating the front entry walk to allow for a no-step entry, while blending the walk with the yard by adding landscaping beds.
How many projects do you average in a year?
Wright Design, LLC completes between 12-25 design and construction projects per year, including energy audits, LEED Consulting. We specialize in renovating buildings to allow homeowners to age-in-place.