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Posted by  nadine on March 19, 2004 at 15:13:32:

In Reply to:  Re: When an architect designs for himself... posted by Richard Haut on March 19, 2004 at 14:41:55:

Excuse me Richard, me being a humble interior designer and all that, isn't that exactly the point I made???
I said plan your ideas and get them laid out first than consider the restraints later and deal with them once you've got a basic map of where you're heading. I paid full regard to the limitations and restraints ie, planning and building control, but observed the point that possibly the OP's main restraint is coming from his/her own approach towards the project. In this respect, they have more artistic freedom than they realise at this early stage.

I have designed and built three of my own homes. I'm about to design and build my fourth.
I'm not an expert but then my view of experts is that ex equates to something that was while a spurt is a drip under pressure. I think the expert can be very limited by academic narrow thinking if they are too tied to textbook thinking. It does not always allow for natural instinct and freedom of creativity. That is why so many architects end up feeling constrained by the profession. Isn't that why you left England Richard???

Palladio did his own thing didn't he? He was confined to the Renaissance ideal but he still went in his direction and opted for the contemporary. He fought vigorously for his passion.
The OP talks about psychology. The psychology of the approach employed is what I am referring to when I mention artistic freedom. He doesn't need permission from anyone to freely think his ideas however eventually they may need shaping to suit the overall requirements of all parties concerned not least the other members living in the house. Even within that, he has a degree of freedom to express and put his ideas into action.
I think you are coming from a different perspective but it's your opinion and you are entitled to that.

Just my humble opinion as interior designer of course. Hell what do I know about architecture??? Maybe I am just too darn free thinking for my own good. I'll go and give myself a slap right now and get back down to size so that I don't think my ideas too brightly or freely :)

Have a lovely weekend. I'm off to enjoy the beach here on the sunny Gold Coast.


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