The way houses are built today is broken.
The best your house will ever look is the day it's completed.
From the Pyramids and Pantheon to downtown Guthrie and the repurposed industrial buildings of Oklahoma City. Something changed after WWII...
We turned our new war-time manufacturing capacity to solving our post-war demand for housing. We needed it fast, and we needed it cheap. Thus, quantity over quality became the mantra, and cheap design constructed with wood “stick framing” the prescribed industrial solution.
Eventually, wood framing, a building method initially used when more durable masonry construction was not practical, was applied to all housing. Even as our wealth grew, when “fast and cheap” was no longer a necessity, rather than build better, we built bigger and packed more luxury finishes inside—the higher the price tag the more lipstick applied.
Build The Time-Tested Way.
Architecture forms the human habitat, shaping our everyday lives.
Good architecture fuses utility with durability and beauty, imbuing our lives with meaning beyond providing a roof over our head.
Great architecture enriches, inspires and lifts the human spirit. It captures our aspirations and our ideals, reflecting them back to us for generations to come.
Beautiful architecture and the craftsmen who bring it to life are an endangered species—and not for the lack of money. Our consumerist-economy only values what it can quantify in an Excel spreadsheet, so it incessantly churns out Anywhere, USA: