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                  The exterior design allowed for a party tent to be set up within the “L” to accommodate large-scale entertaining.
Some clients have fixed ideas about what they want. One wanted a very large house and was targeting a specific number of square feet. Zimmerman’s group designed the house and then showed how the same lifestyle goals could be met with 20 percent less square footage. The client opted for the modified design.
This use-it-all concept includes
the exterior, as well. It means creating garden spaces that are an extension of the house. “Particularly in this part of the world, that’s a big part of the story,” says Zimmerman, a lifelong resident of Chester County. “How we relate to the seasons, how we live indoor-outdoor. It’s important that these houses really relate to the space they’re in.”
4. Adapting to Change
When laying out what they want in a home, people tend to think about current needs. A playroom next to the kitchen or a homework room is important for young families. But in 10 years, that will change.
“We try to look at how the use and needs of the client change—not build houses that become obsolete,” says Zimmerman. “There’s a need to expand when the family is home, a need to shrink when it’s just the parents. That’s the process we do so well. It’s not luck.”
5. Details that Define
The beauty and uniqueness of a custom home are given definition by the details. “It’s great to have a wonderful concept,” says Zimmerman. “But if you’re not able to follow through with the architectural detailing that reinforces those ideas, then the storyline is lost.”
A few clients may want elaborate detail work that evokes Gilded Age mansions. But most people today want a simpler approach. It doesn’t have to be expensive and formal.
Even so, all custom detail work requires artisans skilled in traditional methods of craftsmanship. Fortunately, our region is known for having folks with such expertise.
“There are still really good stonemasons, really good ironworkers, really good cabi- netmakers,” Zimmerman says. “In terms of resources—people who really know how
to do this beautiful architecture—we are incredibly lucky.” o
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