OUR DESIGN PHILOSOPHY - A Note from Ron
Dear Potential Client/Friend:
Welcome to our website. We love the residential building industry. In fact, over 30 years ago, Ron partnered with his father in his design/build company, and together they designed and built over 200 homes together. Ten years later, in 1994, Ron opened his own Architectural firm on Bellevue Avenue in Newport, RI. Since then, he has built an incredible team of designers including John Tumino, Laurie Keene, Tyler Zagryn and Josh Bolaski.
We feel it is important to understand the kind of Architects we strive to be. Not only do we want to make a difference in this world, but we want connect with you on a such a personal level that our designs actually reflect your soul. Each time you drive up to your property, we want you to have that 'summertime, instant relaxation, ahhhh' feeling - and we want it to be so powerful that it lives on in your hearts while you away. We want to have fun with you on this incredible journey of designing your own home, so we strive to design your home within your financial means. We know the industry well and there is no place for stress here. Finally, we want to listen to Mother Nature - really hear what she is telling - and design with her. To us, this is our ultimate dream as your Architect.
1. We want to connect with the human spirit: We truly listen to your wants and needs. We don't just hear them, but we make the extra effort to find out why you are feeling this way inside. By allowing us to enter into your inner space, we can help you design a space to the fullest.
For Example – cooking: We aim to go deeper and learn how you like to cook - Do you clean up right away or do you make a total mess (smile) and then clean up after dinner? This information influences the kitchen layout and while one design may work, another, more thoughtful design will complement your lifestyle and actually make it more enjoyable to cook dinner. This is what we strive for - a design that enhances the quality of your everyday life.
2. We want you to feel connected to your home and property: While providing shelter from the elements is the main goal, we want to dig deeper and design a home that enhances your entire experience of the property. We can create an estate with a main residence and complementary outbuildings to help you enjoy more of your land and feel more grounded. We know that when a person is connected with nature, they feel at peace and all aspects of life seem to have a way of making sense again. We believe in creating comfortable interior spaces that help you move throughout your home effortlessly so you truly can relax and kick up those feet. We believe in generous stair halls, creating interior spaces that are comfortable We want to pass this feeling onto each of our clients.
3. We want to design your home within your financial means: We understand that this can be one of the hardest conversations during the design process, but we strongly feel that we can design a home that celebrates your personal lifestyle and stays within a realistic budget. By working together, continually refining the budget throughout design, and being your advocate during the bidding and negotiation phase, we can achieve this goal. With more than __ combined years of experience in the construction industry, we learned early on the importance of a high quality construction document set. We spend a lot of time on our drawings and communicating our ideas to you on paper because we know it is far more expensive to make changes in the field. We are proud to say that change orders on our projects are extremely rare.
A house that celebrates their own personal lifestyle and a house that makes their day-to-day operations easier and more enjoyable. We are proud to say that we stay within our client’s budget 90% of the time. This is hard to do but, together, it is possible.
4. One of our top priorities as Architects is to be sensitive to Mother Nature. We design homes with her rather than against her. This sensitive approach rewards our clients beyond their own imaginations. The site tells us so many things and we just need to be able to hear them: How to capture her beautiful views, how to take advantage of her wonderful winds (summer and winter), how to understand her sun’s path. Natural light is so important to each and every one of us. Light actually affects the human spirit. Just think how wonderful you feel sitting in the sunlight at your favorite spot, soaking up the sun's rays. It is very peaceful, (even if we cannot always explain why), but we want to capture this feeling for you inside your home. We understand how powerful that can be and how it enhances the experience of that space for you.
SUMMARY: As a design company, we have over 75 years of experience in the architecture and building industry. We love designing homes for clients - we become so invested in each project and family, going above and beyond to ensure that not only the design process is exciting and fun, but the construction process continually exceeds our clients' expectations. We know that designing and building a house is a big deal - there are a lot of questions to be answered and it can easily get overwhelming, but it does not have to be that way. We have designed over 450 custom homes and know houses inside and out and this has allowed us to turn it into a fun experience.
HOW DO WE MAKE IT FUN? We purposely slow the process down so that it allows you take the time you need to make design decisions so you do not feel rushed. We work in baby steps to help you focus on the larger issues first and then funnel down into more specific choices. We understand that this is one of the biggest investment of your life and we respect that very much. We understand that choosing the right Architect is a critical first step because it is a big investment and you need a lot of faith to pay a large sum of money for a design of an unknown house. You need to know in your heart that this Architect is the right choice for you before you can commit to them. We get it and all we ask for is a chance to show you why we feel that we are the best Architect for you. Stop by for a free visit to meet us and get to know our process in more depth. Once you do, you will be impressed with our dedication, integrity and talent.
Thank you for thinking of DiMauro Architects for your dream home. We can't wait to meet you,
Ron DiMauro AIA