is it okay to mix business with pleasure?

david 4i just released my january newsletter and had been thinking most of the month about mixing business with pleasure and whether i should be doing more of that. after weeks of pondering, i reached my conclusion and wrote the following for my newsletter;

i am so excited for 2010! not for just me, but my family as well. oops, i mentioned my family, am i supposed to do that? it seems i’m mixing business with pleasure. uh-oh. 

i’ve always tried to keep business and pleasure as separate parts of my life. i occassionaly would share family stories but for the most part, i was very conscious of the business/pleasure line and being careful to not cross it too much. today, i’m throwing that concern out the window!

i’ve been training for the los angeles marathon the last few months and with only less than two months to go, i’ve been doing some long runs on sundays to the tune of 15 miles so far (twice) in preparation. it’s given me a lot of self reflection time lately and i’ve had more than a few A-HA moments. my biggest moment came as a result of my podcast, the approachable architect, and wanting to share more of me with my listeners. i want my listeners to know about me, know my passions, know what makes me tick. i want them to get to know me personally. AND i also want to get to know them, i mean YOU. 

i’ve also  been reflecting on my career and my decision to expand my services to the real estate market. i specialize in working with homeowners both as an architect and as a real estate broker. i’m in a customer service business. people hire me because they connect with me, they like me. they hire me for the extensive knowledge and outstanding service i provide. working with homeowners is a very intimate and personal relationship. BUT i think i’ve always kept clients at a distance a little bit, always conscious of the “business relationship”. as a result, i found myself not being as social as i used to be. 

that’s all changing. i want you, my clients, my readers, and my listeners to get to know me personally. i want you to know about my wife, wendy and my two boys jake and remy. i want you to know that our two boys are currently eating us out of house and home starting with 2 breakfasts per day. did i say they were only 3 1/2 and 1 1/2 years old? 

this is going to be the year i’m going to be putting myself out there. i’m already attending more social events and will be creating a podcasting network to allow more of a connection with my audience, and that means YOU. you will learn more about me and my family over the coming months, and hopefully years. i believe by opening myself up more and putting myself out there (and not worrying about what other people think as much), i’ll build stronger relationships that will hopefully last a lifetime. 

so, are we supposed to mix business with pleasure? who knows, but for me, i’m no longer going to be asking myself that question. i’m going to trust my gut and share myself openly and honestly with whoever wants to listen.  

best wishes for 2010!

happy new year! welcome 2010!

david 4what a year 2009 has been and with much joy, i’m happy to bid a fond farewell to 2009 and embrace the new year as well as a new decade, 2010! 

2010 will no doubt bring many changes and challenges, but one that i am most excited about is the new company i have created, reside real estate, in partnership with keller williams santa monica. i’m looking forward to extending the reside brand and offering real estate services to first time home buyers as well as seasoned homeowners. look for the reside real estate website coming soon in january! 

i’ll be once again offering “the approachable architect” seminar series beginning with the first one in february called “anatomy of a second story addition”. i’m also proud to announce the creation of “the reside realtor” seminar series with the first seminar happening on january 30 for first time home buyers. details about both series can be found in the left sidebar and please be sure to tell your friends. 

i also launched “the approachable architect podcast” a few short months ago and have already received over 1800 plays/downloads! so i’m very excited to have found an audience and will soon be airing “the reside realtor podcast” in january to discuss real estate related issues. i have to say i love doing the podcasts and interviewing some very interesting people about some very interesting topics. it gives me great pleasure to be able to put out great content and to receive many positive responses in return. 

finally, i’d like to take a moment and thank my readers, listeners, clients, friends, and family who have supported me over the past year. i look forward to many continued relationships and welcome the opportunitues in 2010 with open arms. have a happy new year!

check out our “green lifestlyle modules” page

davidi just created a new tab on the website called “green“. yes groundbreaking news, right? and original too. i created and put together 5 green lifestyle modules several months ago but had them hidden under the services tab until i could figure out what to do with them. so i had my web designer create a new tab called “green” and when you scroll over it, it turns green. again groundbreaking. you can click on each module or icon and find out more information about each module.

the 5 green lifestyle modules are designed to provide information for homeowners interested in building green. they were also put together because it’s important that we look at the building as a whole, as a living breathing thing. i’ll also be rolling out some videos in the near future explaining the green lifestlye modules in further detail.

i hope you enjoy the information!

announcing “the approachable architect podcast” coming soon!

david podcasti’m really excited to announce that i’ll be entering the podcasting realm and airing a bi-monthly podcast featuring discussions about architecture, residential design, construction, and green building. it will be an extension of this blog and called “the approachable architect podcast.” i’ll also be lining up interviews from industry professionals.

the thing that i am most excited about is being able to interact with the design and green building community. the first couple of podcasts will be recorded and available on my soon-to-be-released podcast page but i’m hoping within a couple of months to be airing the podcasts LIVE and allowing listeners to call in (these will also be recorderd and available on the podcast page). and these won’t sound like one of those podcasts that were produced in your friend’s basement. they will be high quality sound and i promise, a joy to listen to with lots of good information.

one of the features i set up is the “voicemail listener feedback line.” this allows listeners to call in to and leave a question or comment and i’ll be able to play these on the show. SO one of the topics i’ll be discussing in the very first episode is “what is the difference between an architect and a designer” and i’d like to know what you think the difference is. please call the voicemail listener line at 1.800.476.5579 and let me know what you think. or you can leave a comment on this post and i can read it on the air.

the interaction with the design and green building community is one of the things that will make these podcasts interesting and enjoyable to listen to, so please comment here or call the voicemail listener line at 1.800.476.5579. that number again is 1.800.476.5579. that number, once again, is 1.800.476.5579

p.s. i’ve learned from my 3 year old son, if you repeat the same thing enough times, somebody will actually listen.

look for the first show to be released the end of next week!

shame on sigg

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if you haven’t heard, the makers of the SIGG bottles have admitted that their bottles were made with a liner that contained the hormone-disrupting chemical bisphenol-A. at some point last summer, they quietly switched out the liners but many people who jumped on the bandwagon for SIGG did so well before that, yours truly included. we have or should i say, had, the old liner until yesterday. buh-buy SIGG.

i wrote a few months back about SIGG being the COOL product of the month and i’m very sorry for that. my family, including my two boys have been drinking out of SIGG cups. it upsets me that a corporation that it supposed to be so cool and concerned with the environment could be so deceptive. they are even part of the 1% for the planet, donating 1% of their worldwide sales to protection of the environment. how much more deceitful could they be?

i usually take things in stride,  BUT this one does upset me.  i read the article and the claim is the bisphenol-A doesn’t leech out so it’s not a problem. um, okay, SIGG but why is it in there to begin with and why did you keep quiet for so long? the whole thing just stinks.

they are even offering customers to switch out the old ones with their “new liner”. REALLY? no thanks SIGG. luckily, i  am a “the-glass-is-half-full-kind-of-guy” and will get over this, it just won’t be half full in a SIGG cup anymore.

here’s the link to the SIGG article where my wife found out about it and also a special thank you to jeremiah at zrecommends for writing the article. it’s most interesting to read the peoples’ comments at the end of the article,  a lot of upset people and rightly so.

i also just noticed zrecommends is still on it with “need a new water bottle? we have 40 ideas for you.” check it out.

david was recently interviewed by radio station 870 krla

i was recently interviewed by the los angeles radio station 870 krla by jessie lovelady of the  the homeshow, and i’ve included the interview below. it’s about a 22 minute interview so grab your favorite beverage and saddle up to the computer for some great information. some of the issues i discuss in the interview are my background, the difference between an architect and a designer, the design process, how much does construction really cost, and things to look for when hiring a general contractor. just click on the play button below. i always knew i had a face for radio… enjoy!

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home show this weekend – come visit us at booth #229!

33rd_annual_topthe home show is happening this weekend at the pasadena convention center! check out “home remodeling & decorating show”  for free passes and for info on getting to the pasadena convention center.

we’ll have some models (not the long leggy type, more the foamcore and chipboard type) on display as well as examples of our work and drawings, and of course, our charming personalities. be sure to visit us at booth #229!

fun to be had at the home show!

we had a great time this past weekend at the los angeles home show. we enjoyed meeting lots of people and talking shop. we even had a visit from my wife and two boys which was a special treat! we’ll be exhibiting at this particular show again in april as well as the home show in pasadena in the beginning of april so come out and see us (we’ll post more information as the dates get closer).

we’d also like to welcome our new readers and home show attendees to the blog, we hope you keep coming back!