James has a keen eye for detail and a great sense of spatial relationships combined with a knowledge of construction methods.

James Haasdyk

April 3, 2016

And so it begins….

I have been told many times, by my marketing team, my wife, my friends and Google, that I should do a blog.  I must say that I have always been resistant? reluctant? less than enthusiastic? to writing a blog.  Who will read it?  What do I say?  How much time will this take?  Well, I have been worn down and today is the day that the wheels are put into motion.

For those of you that don’t know me, I am a husband, father to three boys (that could be a blog all on its own), dog owner, motorcyclist, surfer, movie lover.  I guess though, what brings me to the blog world is that I am a custom home designer.

I started my design firm in 1991 (coming up on 25years) and have worked on everything from garage additions to estates, from Kelowna, BC (where I am blessed to live) to Costa Rica, and across Western Canada.  I have had so many great clients over the years and have been able to assist them in designing some amazing projects.  I love architecture.  I have always found it amazing how a building can reflect and affect the lives of those that live, work, or play in it, both for the good and bad.  After all a building is generally made of inanimate materials but it affects us greatly.  I just look around my favourite place to have a cappuccino, THIRD SPACE, and I feel at home.  It does have something to do with the fact that I know a lot of people here but it is the space as well.  It is the space planning, the materials, the colors, the lighting, etc. all working together to create the ambience of the place.  I am sure you have all felt it, though maybe not thought about it.  It happens when you are in a building that ‘just feels right’, or makes you feel at home.  One of the things I love most about design is the process of taking someone’s ideas and creating the space that fulfills their needs.  It is really an amazing process.  The big reward is when I meet a client a few years after they have moved into their home and they respond by saying ‘It is exactly what we were hoping it would be.’

Beyond architecture, I really enjoy anything that is designed well; motorcycles, cars, music, etc.  I am taken with the complexity, and simplicity, of nature.  The majesty of a tree, the force of the ocean, the complexity of a snowflake, the smell of a lavender field.  We are surrounded by beauty everywhere we go.  I am blown away by with the idea that I get to add to the beauty.

Well, there is it I guess.  That is much of what this blog will be about.  Architecture obviously, but beauty in everything we see.  There will be many posts about home design and all things related but also the other things that are important to me.

And so it begins…