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Reflections on 2017 and Happy New Year

Posted on December 28th, by Michael Menn in Reflection, Uncategorized. No Comments

I want to wish all my friends, colleagues and family members a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous Holiday and New Year!
May 2018 be a wonderful year for everyone.

Heading into 2018, the word of the year could well be resilience! I expect to hear government agencies and officials (local, state and federal) to cite it as frequently as America rebuilds from this year’s devastating hurricanes and fires. The world is changing both environmentally and politically.

Last year was very interesting from a design and construction perspective. We are finally seeing less white – color is returning to kitchen and bathrooms! I’m looking forward to attending the International Builders and Kitchen and Bath Shows right after the first of the year. Both shows highlight new trends and products which I review to see if my clients would like and find useful. I enjoy attending the shows (which I have been for the last 30 years) because I am always looking for new ideas and ways to improve my business.

Something that has worked out extremely well this last year for us, was the implementation of new project management software (BuilderTrend). This allows complete transparency for our team as well as for our clients. This has … Read More »

Personal Reflection

Posted on December 9th, by Michael Menn in Reflection. Comments Off on Personal Reflection

Personal Reflection

 

I would like to say to all my family, friends and associates thank you for making me the person I am today. Without all of you I might not be the person I am.

 

Why did I choose architecture and construction as my career?

 

We all have different motivations. Indeed, there are many legitimate reasons, and I have thought long and hard about why I chose to enter this challenging and rewarding world. I have come up with three reasons.

 

I like to create and enjoy the creative process. I love being challenged by a problem, and then coming up with a solution. I love seeing something I design come to reality. I love looking at a beautiful new kitchen or room addition or office space and thinking: “I did that.”

 

What we do makes the world a better place. I believe, and you should too, that the work we do actually makes our clients’ lives better. It might be that we make their lives easier merely from a functional standpoint (aging-in-place features, sustainable design, for example). It may be that what we create is so magnificent it is a major source of pride for our clients.

 

Ego – now I have gotten to … Read More »


Make Your Home Renovation Resolutions a Reality!

Posted on December 31st, by Michael Menn in Architecture, New Year, Reflection. Comments Off on Make Your Home Renovation Resolutions a Reality!

Here are 5 great ways to make your home renovation resolutions a reality!

 

1. Hire a skilled architect/builder to help you realize your dreams and organize your entire project from design to overseeing all of the trades involved.

 

2. Set a reasonable and realistic budget for your project. Don’t be surprised by costs in the end. Things cost more then you expect! Do some research and set a realistic budget that you can be comfortable with.

 

3. Consider eco-friendly/sustainable options. Going energy-efficient will save you money in the long term.

 

4. Create more value for your home. Consider remodeling the bathrooms or the kitchen. Not only will updating your kitchen or bath give you a more pleasant space to be in, but it will add value to your home.

 

5. Start with the right team (architect/builder). Get people involved in the project whom you trust. Using a team you can trust will give you peace of mind.

Happy New Year!

Michael

Personal Reflection

Posted on December 5th, by Michael Menn in Architecture, New Year, Reflection. Comments Off on Personal Reflection

I would like to say to all my family, friends and associates thank you for making me the person I am today. Without all of you I might not be the person I am.

Why did I choose architecture and construction as my career?

We all have different motivations.  Indeed, there are many legitimate reasons, and I have thought long and hard about why I chose to enter this challenging and rewarding world.  I have come up with three reasons.

I like to create and enjoy the creative process.  I love being challenged by a problem, and then coming up with a solution.  I love seeing something I design come to reality.  I love looking at a beautiful new kitchen or room addition or office space and thinking: “I did that.”
What we do makes the world a better place.  I believe, and you should too, that the work we do actually makes our clients’ lives better.  It might be that we make their lives easier merely from a functional standpoint (aging-in-place features, sustainable design, for example).  It may be that what we create is so magnificent it is a major source of pride for our clients.
Ego (now I have gotten to the bottom … Read More »