After some back and forth and misunderstandings, we had a Purchase and Sale Agreement ready to sign. Having only one layer of real estate agents actually made things just a bit more straightforward. The deal was a little more complicated because one of the contractor partners who had overseen the permitting process didn’t seem to understand why we wouldn’t want to build what they had proposed. Brian Cobb, our Realtor, suggested I talk directly with the owner, Mr. Orbe, who was very pleasant to deal with. We quickly came to terms. He had accepted our offer at our initial price.
This is what we’re proposing.
I recently came across an excellent book, "Get Your House Right: Architectural Elements to Use and Avoid" by Marianne Cusato. It serves to reconfirm many of the principles already known by many architects, and illustrates many other insights key to creating designs that look and feel right. This stuff typically isn’t taught in architecture schools. It may be a little too classically oriented in places, but is well written and illustrated in ways that anyone can understand. It should be required reading for architects, builders, designers and anyone else involved in the creation of buildings.