"Choosing James came about in a funny way. We decided on the land and the builder. James was the designer for the development project. Though I didn't know James beforehand, for me it was love at first sight.
"Because James understands how to design to materials, we avoided a lot of waste.
"The house is sunny and warm, yet cools down well. It's nice that the utilities are not so high. The house even cleans up well. That was an issue with me. I didn't want a lot of surfaces to catch dust. On the outside, James helped us create a sense of privacy in a crowded place, in town.
"Though the house is small, all the spaces function happily. Naturally, if we had a larger budget we'd be tempted to make it bigger. But as it is, the house is so much better than the 'McMansions' out there. We like the looks, the feel, and the energy the spaces convey.
"One important area is the studio. James understood that I wanted it to look large. He did some subtle things to accomplish that, to gain the emotional space I wanted. Now I have an ideal studio that positively affects my work.
"Guests also respond to the house. They comment about how good the artwork looks. There's something about the lighting. Others remark that the house is the same size as theirs but seems so much roomier. They say, 'Wow, this is really cool!'"
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