Where I’ve been and where I’m going

It’s been an eventful year for me.

OK, I admit I wrote that first line in January, meaning for this to be a “yeah 2015!” post. BUT now that I do have a full time job working for someone else and a baby, this is just now getting published. Writing is truly a passion of mine and I’m making it a priority TODAY. I believe we make the time for what we really love to do, no matter what else we have going on or how many piles of laundry are waiting to be folded in the other room (currently three for me, but that’s not important).

AKH design & consulting was launched in 2012 in order to wrap up projects for D+A Studio, where I was a Project Manager for over 6 years. In 2014, the Lopez Island House was featured on the Lopez Center for Community & the Arts Home Tour. Construction was completed on the Rocky Coast Retreat last summer. Construction continues on the Stuart Island House. It has been such a rich learning experience working closely on construction administration with the owner, who has been building the home himself with the help of neighbors and friends. I also worked on a handful of remodels and additions on San Juan Island and in West Seattle, Shoreline, and on my mom’s house north of Dallas. Helping homeowners with modest budgets create a space that works for them is one of my greatest passions. I am so honored and thankful to have been able to work with such awesome clients.

As these projects began to wrap up at the end of 2013, I was missing being part of a team and started as a Project Architect at Board & Vellum in Seattle in January 2014. I joined that team at a very exciting time of recognition and growth, and worked with wonderful clients on remodels and additions in Seattle. These projects included a complete gut and modern remodel to a home in Ballard overlooking the water, an historic Queen Anne remodel, and a house lift/addition/remodel/basement ADU for a small craftsman in Wallingford.

Sometimes I think I must be crazy to have left that amazing job (here is my goodbye), but after welcoming our son in July, we had the opportunity to move to my husband’s home town of Fayetteville, Arkansas, a chance I had been waiting for for a long time. I’m now at Hight-Jackson Associates in Rogers, Arkansas.

This year, I’ll be blogging more about the Adaptable/Sustainable concept (still brainstorming on a name), about empowering ground up change through design and simplicity. In the meantime, please keep in touch with me on Twitter.

Thanks for checking in. I’m still here, I promise!

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