Catherine and I spoke with Randy Potter from Vox Design in Mountain View today about custom home designs. He made some pretty compelling pitches about the way in which they go about designing custom homes. They work closely with project managers, contractors, and craftsmen that do finish work to (according to his pitch) ensure that the final design is as good as it can be. They focus on “green design”; ensuring that the home is designed to make the best possible use of natural light and tries to take the greatest advantage of natural heating and cooling to reduce energy consumption.
It was a good meeting, except for the sticker shock that came at the end, where he told us that building houses in Mountain View costs quite a bit more than any of the calculations we had done. We’re still reeling from that and will be discussing what it means (smaller house) as we figure out what to do next.