How do you help clients hone in on a vernacular or style for a 21st-century home?
People begin thinking about their new homes with pictures, which they bring to our office. What I look for in the images—and listen for in our conversations about them—are common threads: What do the pictures evoke? What in each image caused the client to select it? Was there a particular detail, a component of building form, an experiential revelation, a use of materials? Each picture has a special element to discover and understand. When I weave these threads together, the result is a kind of stylistic palette that we use to sketch the vision for a house. Often this sketch will evoke a certain vernacular or classical style.
—Scarlett Breeding, AIA, Alt Breeding Schwarz, Annapolis, Maryland