Slow Dwelling

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At Always by Design, we work exclusively designing contemporary, owner-occupied, primary residences and vacation homes. Our insistence on working directly with the people who will be occupying the finished home is instrumental to both our process and the finished outcome. Why? Because it is only by engaging the natures of place and person that one can attain a profound sense of belonging.

Creating a new home is exciting. Owners are typically eager to get into the design process as soon as possible to envision their new home. All too often though, many people start designing using inadequate information or poor assumptions. Like building on a bad foundation, a house designed with minimal information can be costly – resulting in re-designing, re-building, or compromising the house itself – all potentially adversely impacting the integrity of the house and owners’ lifestyle.

From the very outset of the project, not only do we not rush the information-gathering process but, we dig deeply – to develop foundations for a home that will stand the test of time – enriching the lives and garnering the affections of both present owners and future generations. The unique process we’ve developed for doing this is called The Way of Slow-Dwelling.

We use The Way of Slow-Dwelling to structure both the extent and sequencing of project activities to produce the best results – from the initial gathering of information, before starting design work, through to completion of the final construction punch list. The very first step in creating a new home for an owner is to conduct a Slow-Dwelling Workshop. Even if you’re not yet ready to build, it provides depth and clarity for anyone seeking to design a new home.

We’d welcome discussing your project. While you can always call or email us, we invite you to schedule a consultation directly with architect Ed Barnhart, principal of Always by Design using the link below.