Sensible, Green, Luxury Living
June 28, 2012
Hosted by Steven Clipp, AIA
Today a household is more likely to contain one or two people rather than four point five. Some are constituted this way, some are the result of divorce or evolve when the kids have grown and gone. The typical house, especially a spec house, is designed for those four point five inhabitants. Many of these smaller households have large incomes. They can afford the 5000 square foot McMansion on an acre lot, but do they really want that albatross around their neck? I have designed a series of homes designated ‘Sensible, Green, Luxury Living’. The goal was to come up with an 1800 square foot home that lives as large for a single or couple as their former 5000 square foot home; to have an impressive greatroom, the ability to seat twelve for a dinner party and the gourmet kitchen they’ve come to expect. It includes a spacious master bedroom and a luxury master bath. It is built with the healthiest of materials and the most efficient of systems. It is easy to maintain with minimal effort, cheap to condition, but it is not cheap.
Winning the Dream Home Race
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If you think of building a custom home or renovating an existing home as a race, most people who leave the starting gate do finish. However, very few are WINNERS. Winning means creating a home that relaxes us and strengthens our bonds, in which waking is a joy and coming home a reward. Winning is a home that speaks to our inner soul. Winning is creating an investment that returns at better than the norm, no matter the market conditions.
Most of us have a dream home in our minds but live in houses that are mass produced to standard plans and standard expectations. We can do better!
Most of us only build a dream home once in our life. We learn much along the journey, but primarily in hindsight. It is possible to achieve a design winner and to achieve a wonderful living environment. It is possible to realize a winning long term investment. My goal is to impart the knowledge that makes this possible.
Steven Clipp, AIA
Steven Clipp, AIA is Principal of Steven Clipp Architecture in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. He is a Registered Architect with almost thirty years of experience and the winner of numerous awards including ‘Best Home Design in North Carolina Under 5000 Square Feet.’ SCA now limits its practice to the design of high end custom homes and renovations.
Steve Clipp has spent years thinking about the psychology of space, how people relate to it and how space can be manipulated to affect the user’s behavior. On over 500 retail stores he honed the art of motivating shoppers to become buyers. Now, his homes are crafted to find peace, elicit joy and bring families together.
Steve Clipp is also of Scottish ancestry and analytical bent. Money, whether his or his clients, has to be spent wisely. Each expenditure on a home has to make sense and be at the lowest, but fair, price. He has shown through his work that a well designed home will sell more quickly, at a better price. Even in this market he has never had a home resell at less than what the owners originally invested.