This is a light-hearted post as part of ArchiTalks #20 series. If you have not heard of this, it is composed of architects & designers from across the country penning their experiences from inside the office to deep in the construction trenches while also touching on their lives surrounding the profession of Architecture. Following my contribution, you will see a list of others. Please be sure to check out their post also.
What is it about the Summer that creates such a euphoric sensation to be outdoors and active? Some would say it boils down to how hard and snowy the winter was and also how quickly the breezy spring becomes "beach-weather" hot. I know you've seen the Home Depot and Lowes commercials. I have witnessed on many occasions the crowds visiting their local home improvement stores to get some much needed home projects started. I always hope they actually get completed haha. Local Design Professionals(1) can help get that project in your head into a reality.
As an architect during the winter months, construction tends to slow due to weather and various holidays. However projects in the design phase are moving at hyper speed in order to capture the largest window once the winter weather breaks. Therefore by summer construction is hopefully in full swing. This works in tandem with Schools having Summer recess allowing building repairs and updating easier and more efficient for contractors.
Generally you are also more likely to encounter open houses all over. Real estate agents and realtors bring in the spring/summer season showing off their best properties to entice you to purchase. It makes sense, right? Who wants to move during the Winter? Preparing your home prior to listing for sale is crucial to a enticing those interested buyers. Generally you want your space(s) to be bright, airy, uncluttered and appear spacious. After prep is done, capturing imagery of the home in the best light (no pun intended) is also important. Be sure to request a Professional Photographer2 well versed in lighting and composition which will make your property stand out.
As dad, the summer brings a break for my wife from her teaching and recess for my children. This means we venture out a lot. When I say a lot I do mean A LOT. We are traveling and hitting up all the local kid-friendly parks and attractions. It's great to be able to spend time with family and try new things in new places.
No matter what your Summer venture is, prepare accordingly and enjoy the outdoors and family. Travel the world or travel to your back yard. Either way enjoy the small things which brighten your day and invest your time into those that matters to you.
(1) Design Professional:
a. An architect or engineer, or both, duly licensed for professional practice, who may be employed by an owner for the purpose of designing a project. Credit: The Free Dictionary
b. A term used generally to refer to architects; civil, structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and heating, ventilating, and air conditioning engineers; interior designers; landscape architects; and others whose services have wither traditionally been considered "professional" activities, require licensing or registration by the state, or otherwise require the knowledge and application of design principles appropriate to the problem at hand. Credit: University of Colorado
(2) Professional Photographer:
a. A professional real estate photographer is focused on getting the best images out of your home. A great informational PDF for Home Owners and Realtors can be found here: What Real Estate Agents need to Know About Photography. Contact me if you have any further questions.
Photo images courtesy of Unsplash, Jeff Sheldon
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