Pandemic influences newest trends for homes in Houston

HOUSTON – Building a house is expensive. Making sure you spend money in the correct spots is key.

James M. Evans is founder of Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm.

“There’s a process we go through, we spend a lot of time trying to learn about our clients,” he said. “We want to know how they live, things they like, things they don’t like, what they do and that way we can incorporate all of those ideas into the design of the house.”

In this case, Evans is the homeowner.

“People are looking at efficiency, they want space that works well for them, that are flexible, that get natural light and connection with the outdoors, and have the sense and feel of a nice comfortable home. There’s some material trends, very sustainable green design, trying to do highly efficient homes,” explained Evans.

From touchless light switches to mixed-use spaces, Evans said the pandemic has influenced today’s trends.

Evans shared these tips for working with an architect, as well as the photos below of spaces he’s created.

1. Understand your project aspirations, scope of work, budget and schedule.

2. Interview 3-5 architects/firms. Ask about their approach, similar project experience, services offered, available staff, fees and references.

3. Look for a good listener and you’ll find a good architect.

4. Your confidence in the architect you choose is paramount.

5. Negotiate a fair agreement.

Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm. (Joe Aker Photography) (© 2019 AKER IMAGING)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm (Joe Aker Photography) (Joe Aker Photography)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm (Joe Aker Photography) (Joe Aker Photography)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm (Joe Aker Photography) (Joe Aker Photography)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm (Joe Aker Photography) (Joe Aker Photography)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm (Joe Aker Photography) (Joe Aker Photography)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm (Joe Aker Photography) (Joe Aker Photography)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm (Joe Aker Photography) (Joe Aker Photography)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm (Joe Aker Photography) (Joe Aker Photography)
Home featured by Collaborative Design Works Architecture Firm (Joe Aker Photography) (Joe Aker Photography)

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