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Waylon Tate


What Lies Beneath

I always tell clients to be ready for a surprise any time they’re doing a renovation. You never know what the previous owners have done during their own renovations. Or the people before them. But always expect something. Entire windows left inside walls. Flooring on top of flooring on top…
Waylon Tate
September 18, 2020


My first studio professor, in describing an assignment, said he wanted us to understand how one feels moving through a space. He couldn’t tell us how to build that space, just that we were supposed to create it. Looking back, no wonder I finished my degree elsewhere. However, being an…
Waylon Tate
September 11, 2020

Cheap, Cheap

One of the best parts about my job is the privilege of seeing other people’s homes. And seeing some spectacular homes at that. From the time I started architecture school (and even before then), I knew I wouldn’t be designing high rises or hospitals. Work for me was always going…
Waylon Tate
August 28, 2020

And I’m Spent!

One thing about work that hasn’t changed during the pandemic – finishing up the day and thinking about just melting into the sofa. Or into a martini. And today was one of those days. In the past that feeling usually came with a deadline. You’re pushing yourself and others to…
Waylon Tate
August 21, 2020
Food for thoughtLife

Staycation – All I Ever Wanted?

If nothing else, I hope this pandemic has been a learning experience for all of us. Learning how we handle stress. Or how to cook (or realizing that we already knew). Or how early is too early to start having wine. And this month has been no different for me,…
Waylon Tate
August 17, 2020
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Squirrel on a Hot Tin Roof

I am a fan of standing seam metal roofs. And for no other reason than aesthetics. When we renovated our house, that was one item I was more than willing to splurge on. Considering the decade in which the house was built and the exterior finish materials and colors, metal…
Waylon Tate
August 7, 2020

Rain Rain, Go Away

I was looking out my window this morning thinking how nice the rain was. July suddenly didn’t feel like July. And some extra water for the plants and trees in July is always good. Unless you’re building something. Like the Farmhouse project. Crap! On a scale of 1 to 10,…
Waylon Tate
July 31, 2020

Christmas Time Again?

Merry Christmas in July!! Wait. You’re not celebrating? Thank God! I’m not either. While I am all for Christmas decorations, once a year is enough. And even then, the thought of putting up the Christmas tree in our post-Thanksgiving haze is daunting. I cannot imagine doing that in the middle…
Waylon Tate
July 24, 2020

Off and Running!

How long will design take? That’s one of the questions I hear most during a prospective client interview. And I usually tell them within reason, we can move as fast as they can make decisions. Which is why mine and James’ renovation took two years before construction started. However, once…
Waylon Tate
July 17, 2020


Today is Bastille Day, the French holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille. Or for you Francophiles, la Fête nationale. However, as I am neither French nor revolutionary, today would have simply gone by with little muss or fuss. Except lately I find myself missing the one place in the…
Waylon Tate
July 14, 2020