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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
architectureLife

Spaces

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
architecturerenovation

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
architectureFood for thought

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
architectureLife

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
architecturebusiness

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
architectureLifeTravel

Missing

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
architectureLGBT

Are We Proud Yet?

We are at the end of Pride for 2020. In all fairness we are proud year-round, but it is now the end of Pride month. To say this year was more unusual than most is an understatement. Especially coming off the fanfare surrounding last year’s 50th anniversary of the Stonewall…
Waylon Tate
July 3, 2020
architectureLifeUncategorized

Dog Days Every Day

Happy National Take Your Dog to Work Day! So who’s taking their dog to the office? Oh yeah. These days that’s pretty much most of us who have a dog. While having to adjust to the sudden shift to working from home has been pretty sucky, at least we’ve had…
Waylon Tate
June 26, 2020
architectureLifeUncategorized

Dressed

I had to put on pants on Monday. Not that I spend my days at home running around pantless. I do have some standards – and a lot of shorts. However, I was meeting with a client, and we were visiting a showroom. Neither one would have really cared about…
Waylon Tate
June 19, 2020