John Dancey

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The Difference

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Much of the world’s most enduring and beloved architecture was created by the traditional Master Architect, who was responsible for every facet of home design and home construction.

As labor became more specialized, the comprehensive advantages of the Master Architect were lost. Architectural designers moved more and more towards artistic expression, without the benefit of the practical knowledge of home construction techniques and materials, and often at the expense of the common-sense realities of how people actually live. As a result, much modern architecture seems cold and antiseptic.

At the same time, many home builders have lost touch with essential home design elements that, in concert with high levels of craftsmanship, make homes beautiful, enjoyable, and enduring.

The rift caused by this modern phenomenon of division of labor often results in conflict between home designer and home builder, with the homeowner caught in the middle. Many builders chafe at designers’ demands for design elements that are either unbuildable, unwise, or prohibitively expensive.

There is a new movement to recover the integrity of the Master Architect, typically called home design and home build. When the home designer is the home builder, it makes for an extraordinary synergy. John Dancey’s home design and home build approach follows this simple pattern:

1.    Create an extraordinary design for your new home, or modifications to your existing home.

2.    Build with sound construction techniques and superior materials, employing an integrated home building systems approach to enhance your home’s performance and maximize its value.

3.    Drive the project management process for maximum efficiency.
There are very practical advantages to the home design home build approach. The design and build process involves a number of separate but related functions:
•    Step 1. Cost/Value Analysis
•    Step 2. Design
•    Step 3. Bid
•    Step 4. Permitting
•    Step 5. Construction
•    Step 6. Inspections/Commissioning

As the home designer and home builder, ultimate responsibility for every aspect of the job falls to us. Starting with a cost/value analysis gives immediate feedback for a realistic scale and scope to your project’s design, and helps avoid significant cost overruns. And we don’t create delays by designing elements that run aground in the permitting process. As the single-source contact for our clients, all design decisions, subsequent revisions, and change orders are handled smoothly; we maintain complete awareness of the consequences to budget, overall design intent, and building performance.

Since we are in control of every aspect of the home design and home building process, we can compress the entire cycle while creating a superior home. Communication is more simple and more clear. The bottom line is that our home design and home build firm-through increased accountability and decreased complexity-maximizes the beauty and utility of your home within the common-sense limits of financial practicality.







Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last you create what you will.

      - GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
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