Power of intention: this is about how the Architect’s vision guides the design, development and construction of your new house. Lots of philosophy in this article about design.
Yes, Dr. Wayne Dyer, philosopher and New Age guru did publish a book, The Power of Intention back in 2004, and this architecture firm agrees with those concepts. In fact, HOME ARCHITECTS ® knows that the design created by the Architect is what drives any project, especially your new residence. It is the Architect who must program your house, including what features you desire, functionally require and what your land will graciously accommodate. The design of your house is the INTENDED manifestation of all of those hopes and dreams, the embodiment of what you, the Architect and Contractor INTEND to build for you and your family. So: the Power of Intention: what all of those people see, as a clear vision from the Architect is extremely important to any project. Dr Dyer said: “thoughts become things.” Nothing could be truer from the perspective of the Architect, designing a Client’s house.
An Architect may help others to change the way they look at things and in turn that will change the way they see (which is also a paraphrased Dr. Wayne Dyer quote). The thoughts behind the design are creating the new reality in the space of the project on the Owners’ land.
We are spiritual beings having a human experience (not humans having a spiritual experience) (another Dyer paraphrased quote). Quality architectural designs have a spiritual aspect about them that all people can see and appreciate when they are finally built, but it takes great clarity of vision to present the design concept in such a way that the Owners and Contractors can react positively to that vision, sharing in the spiritual qualities of it, compelling them to want to do it justice and build it properly, so that the intended vision is achieved.
Thoughts create reality. Therefore, the Architect’s thoughts and vision end up guiding and ultimately creating the built project. What you think about expands. And the design vision expands to become reality. Believe it and you’ll see it. Taking the internal pictures and make them into reality (however, in the case of 3D animations, they aren’t only internalized, you can see them on YouTube and the Architect’s website).
Architects INTEND mightily. They have vision. They have specific intentions about how that vision is to be built. The Architect works hard to create a vision that is shared by the Owners and Contractors, so that there is a unified intention. Most companies prepare 2D designs on paper, call drawing sheets and combine those sheets together to make the project set of drawings, with each sheet displaying some part of the project intended features at various scales. Some architectural firms, like this one, go the extra mile to also create 3D movies (digital animations) of the intended project: what it is supposed to look like when it is built, both inside and outside, illustrating this in near-photo realistic CGI (Computer Generated Graphics), as if you are moving around and through the project. Now that’s INTENTION in capital letters!
Architects know that their built designs will affect the remainder of their Clients’ lives, hopefully positively. Everything starts with an idea. In the case of an Architect, this idea needs to be the culmination of all of their Clients’ dreams and functional needs, manifested into a design that becomes built, with the proper guidance.
Good, robust, strong ideas quickly inspire the Owners and Builders.
It takes a great idea to inspire the entire project team of Engineers, General Contractors, Framers, Concrete Subcontractors, Plumbers, Electricians, Tile Setters, Cabinet Makers, Landscapers and about 50 total subcontractors, working under the General Contractor’s umbrella. There are often from 2 to 6 people that make up a subcontractor’s crew. Let’s say an average of 4. 4×50=200 + another 6 or so working directly for the GC = about 206 people will likely be working on a new house project, and it could be more than that. To have them all focused on the same vision is part of the function of the design. So it is important to have a strong idea that inspires all of these people. To turn thought into action that results in the built house of the Owners.
There are countless things trying to chip away at the Big Vision (the intended design). Contractors suggest many substitutions that could possibly degrade the quality of the project (not always), possibly motivated by the Owner’s desire to build it for a lower cost, while having the illusion that such changes will not adversely impact the quality of the project. These matters have to be handled expertly by the creator of the vision. Hopefully the vision is powerful enough to result in all parties gathering behind it to see it done properly.
Therefore, it is important that the Architect creates many documents to define and specify the design vision: Floor Plans, Site Plans, Elevations, Roof Plans, Building Sections, Wall Sections, Details, Door & Finish Schedules, Specifications and 3D visualizations. This helps the Builders to understand how the grand visions will be built in order to look the way it is intended and for it to remain that way and be durable.
And so: this particular Architect believes it is important to create well-detailed documents so that the Intention is achieved for the Owner and of which the Contractor can be proud.
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