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    2-18. Develop a good cohesive design with drama and curb appeal. - Electronic Edition

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     At the same time it’s good to remember that your house is more than a collection of strategic features. “The whole is greater than the sum of it’s parts” in a well-designed home. The experience of the home is pleasing and satisfying. The house has a “Je ne sais quoi” that makes it work. This is rarely achieved with a self-drawn plan. An owner-builder risks being a committee of one when undertaking to do all the design work from the ground up. Usually it’s a first-time effort and you don’t have the experience to hit a home run on the first try.

     I drove around town with a house designer from Arizona and he pointed out to me his first several designs from years before. His emotion was rueful. When you pick out a house design you can do so from many examples, and you can probably tell what really works from among many choices. When you pick a designer you can likewise view his or her portfolio and decide if this artist has reached the level of art you are looking for.

     A special note to the design-impaired: Hey, don’t feel bad if you lack in taste. You probably have many special strengths that will contribute to success as an owner-builder. But have the sense to run the design ideas you are considering past people with undeniable taste, and past the test of the market itself. You can check the latter by meeting with several Realtors and showing your preliminary floor plans and elevations. Realtors have the unique perspective of witnessing what makes buyers part with their money. Remember, they are also the nicest people in the world.

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