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November 21, 2010 / Robert Ross

lessons learned – a baker’s dozen


The remarkable thing about the design field is that it is a lifelong journey. When you are young and idealistic, you are insistent that life match your design. As you mature you come to realize that your design should match life. Working in renovation has taught me a lot.  I thought it might be interesting to list some of the lessons I’ve learned- feel free to chime in with additions of your own.

  1. There is no such thing as a square corner or plumb wall or flat ceiling. They are figments of the designer’s imagination.
  2. Filler strips have a purpose. Doors, drawers and baseboards can’t occupy the same space.
  3. Refrigerators should never go in corners.
  4. Contrary to popular belief, there is no productivity between 1:00 am and 5:00 am.
  5. There is great benefit derived from corners and expansive walls. Rooms without them lack places for furniture and art and golfclubs.
  6. In dining areas, center the light fixture over the table, it is rarely the same as the center of the room.
  7. The view at night is often black.
  8. Windows can be located to conceal as well as  reveal.
  9. Floor warmers are more often thought of in January , than July.
  10. A TV over the fireplace is often a pain in the neck!
  11. When stuck on a problem, turn the paper around and look at it again, a quick change of perspective often does wonders.
  12. Door and window heights do not have to match.
  13. Good design is the result of hard work. You stand a  greater chance of being struck by a falling star than by divine inspiration!

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  1. jeff / Nov 22 2010 8:04 am

    Robert, I really liked this ! Well done !

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