When you spend money on hiring an architect, you are investing in your future. Not only does an architect make sure that you get exactly what you need and want for the project, but that you can do all those things on time and in budget. More often than not, my residential clients find that they can happily live in their house for many years, and if they decide to sell, they get more than their initial investment, including the architectural fees, back from the sale. My medical clients find that my designs not only create a beautiful space, but also improved function and flow, which not only increases the number of patients they can see a day, it also increases staff happiness and retention. You may think that you cannot afford to hire an architect. The reality is, you can't afford not to. 

from my clients

"I sold my community pottery studio after 5 years of managing and teaching the art of throwing on the wheel or hand building in clay. I felt it was time for me to concentrate on my own ceramic skills. The impact of this was that I was feeling trapped. I needed a place where I could express my art and wanted [a space] that was unique. I was feeling frustrated because I could not find a floor plan/design that was functional yet special. And I needed something that would fit in with my existing home. Now, I have a beautiful studio that not only provides a place for my own creativity but is personally tailored to fit my needs. Many things needed to be considered, such as, where the natural light is best utilized in the studio [and] the placement of specific equipment and outlets. The furniture and equipment were measured, then taken into account [when considering] the square footage. The building itself is a beautiful piece of architecture which I feel adds to my creativity. I am absolutely thrilled with my ceramic studio! This studio design is everything I wanted and more.

Heather was very easy to work with. As with most building projects, things came up, situations changed, and so did my mind (from time to time, lol). Heather handled it with ease and always assured me it could be worked out. Her solutions were always as good or even better than the original plan.

Thank you, Heather, for your great direction and talent.
It’s a talent that needs to be shared!

Patricia Huffines, Owner of Elsa Ceramics

"We wanted to update our master bathroom. It was over 20 years since it was built and needed a fresher look. Heather was wonderful! She understood our limitations and designed a room we are totally happy with. The look is more open and brighter with a more up to date appeal. She made the selection of tile, paint, counter tops, fixtures, etc. easier by sitting with us to help us narrow them to achieve the look we wanted using our budget. The result is a cleaner, fresher, modern look that blends well with the existing house."

Dave & Karen Freeman

"We have never constructed our own home and are new to the process. Our 3 biggest challenges were how to efficiently get out ideas-desires for our custom home down on paper, how to efficiently make cost-benefit decisions, and how to efficiently communicate with contractors and regulators. Heather is in the process of helping us efficiently manage the design, costing, and construction process. Now, we have reduced to paper our ideas-desires for our home, we are in the process of making cost-benefit decisions that work for us, and we are in the process of communicating with contractors and regulators on costing and permitting issues. We would not have pursued building a house without Heather’s assistance. We would not have had the patience or time to manage the process ourselves. Before [hiring Heather] we were questioning whether we want to pursue the idea of designing-costing-building a home given the complexity of the process. Now we are feeling in control of the process."

Cary & Karen Brus