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The Case For A Smaller House: Talking Clients Out of The Big House They Want to Build

09:30 - 16 June, 2018
The Case For A Smaller House: Talking Clients Out of The Big House They Want to Build, Courtesy of Henry Louis Miller
Courtesy of Henry Louis Miller

As architects we are often conflicted: what do we do when we have clients who want really big houses, houses that by any measure surpass anything they could really need? How do we walk them back from the idea that they need 3,500 square feet of home for a family of four?

On one hand, we want to design it for them. In fact, a bigger project keeps us employed and financially solvent much longer. On the other hand, how do we reconcile that with the idea of sustainability and the architect's responsibility to promote it?