I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be involved with houses, though I wasn’t sure at the time exactly what my role would be.  When I was still a kid I loved buying magazines that had house plans in them and would also check books out from the public library to get ideas.  I still have a magazine from 1981 which featured a house called the “Sun-Tronic House”.  In high school it became obvious to me that the path I needed to take in college would be to earn a degree in architecture.

In 1990 I enrolled in a small college in Marietta, Ga., called Southern Tech (now Southern Polytechnic State University), where I planned on taking a few core courses and then transferring them to Georgia Tech.  However, once I was at Southern Tech I realized that the school was a perfect fit for me.  It was relatively small but had excellent professors who really wanted their students to succeed.

In 1992 I took the first job that I would have in the home building industry working as a copy boy for John Wieland Homes.  JWH had (and still has) an in-house architecture department that supplied its builders with designs and construction drawings.   I made copies of the plans for the job starts and in no time was teaching myself how to use the CAD program.

In 1993 Janet and I took a leap of faith after she graduated from Georgia State University and we moved out to Texas to get married and for me to continue my education.  I attended the University of Texas at Arlington for a short time and in 1994 started managing the architecture department for a small, local home builder.  Later I had the opportunity to gain some design experience working for Trendmaker Homes which was later purchased by Beazer Homes.

In October of 1997 I left Beazer Homes to start my own design company.  I leared very quickly how small the home building industry is and today 95% of my business comes from referrals.  I have had my own company for 15 years and truly consider myself blessed to be earning a living by doing what I love: designing houses.


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