In 2018, I had the opportunity to build my own dream home with my dad. As an owner/builder I took on many roles including: architectural designer, contractor, concrete-worker, framer, and finish worker.
Between bending rebar and framing walls, I was also able to work alongside city inspectors and subcontractors including HVAC, plumbing, electrical, insulation, drywall, and roofing. Watching their work taught me lessons about the little elements that need to come together to form the whole design. I was more observant to the elements that may look good on paper but don't actually work in practice.
When I was not on the construction site, I was comparing the best mortgages, managing bids, shopping for and ordering supplies such as lumber, lighting fixtures, windows, doors, etc. Lets just say that I have a pretty good idea of what things cost.
Being involved in all phases of construction has helped me implement practical and cost saving design practices. It was one of the greatest professional development experiences. Let me pass this knowledge on to you as we design your dream home.
It all started way back in high school when I would help my dad build our personal homes. The house plans my dad followed were so interesting to me that I decided to take an AutoCAD class. Not too long later, my dad introduced me to the designer of his plans and I was hired as an apprentice. I fell in love with architectural design and decided to further my education by attending Dixie State University. All of the knowledge I had gained on the construction site, from apprenticeships, and through college led me to start my own business: Dream Home Design.
Through the years, I have designed house plans ranging in size from 400 to 18,000 sq. ft. I have also had the opportunity to broaden my skill-set by working with contractors, collaborating with other prominent local architectural designers, and by building my own home.
Associate of Applied Science in Drafting Degree, 2007
Certification in Applied Technology Education in Architectural Drafting, 2005
Certification in Applied Technology Education in Computer-Aided Drafting, 2005