​    Michael Eric Dale

How I work with clients

Working well with others

Truly, the best thing I ever learned about working with clients was to forget what I was taught in college. Our instructors taught us that we must sketch out various ideas, choose one, and then develop that idea into a final, meticulously drawn plan to show our clients.

 Ideas Generate Ideas

In residence design, I have found that showing my clients many ideas rather

than the one I might choose for myself is the best way to work through the design process. After all, it is my clients' home, not mine. How much better it is to compare solutions and choose the best ideas that suit their lifestyle.

I have found that this delivers the best product. Perhaps more importantly, by looking at many ideas and comparing them, the process takes much less time than the conventional  method of reviewing one plan at a time. This, in turn, translates into cost savings for my clients. 


Qualities to consider

What are important considerations when choosing a designer for a new custom home or large-scale renovation?


-an understanding of building components and systems 

-a knowledge of historic architectural styles 

-a well-honed sense of proportion and detail

-an ability and willingness to work as a member of the project team

I have spent twenty-five years designing gracious homes, based on the best traditions of design. My experience guides me in the thousands of decisions, major and mundane, that must be made during the process of design. I highly value the ideas of clients and never lose sight of the fact that the home I am designing should reflect their lifestyle rather than my own.