Eric Gedney is one of the lucky individuals who has always known what he wanted to do. Career fairs, he said, didn’t mean much to him as a kid. He wanted to be an architect, and that was that.
After graduating from Texas A&M University, Gedney, a residential architect, knew that he wanted to leave behind the mass housing developments of Houston and go somewhere with more character.
“When I came to Seattle, I really appreciated how the neighborhoods have such wonderful texture, because the houses were developed over the course of decades, not weeks or months,” Gedney said.
Gedney makes sure to account for a house’s history and environs while he’s renovating it. At the same time, he is adamantly client-focused. When he is not working on a major renovation (see the Gig Harbor HGTV 2018 Dream Home), Gedney is probably consulting with homeowners around Seattle and the Eastside on what their next steps should be.
“The consultations are meant to help people who don’t necessarily need an architect past their current stage, but they do need an architect to help process the big picture,” Gedney said. “We are the big-picture people. My brain always remodels every room I walk into, anyway, so doing consulting work is very natural for me.”
During a consultation, Gedney aims to give his professional, candid advice, whether that means telling the homeowner that it would be in his or her best interest to move into a new house entirely, or providing him or her with reasonable renovation tips.
“I’m trying to make architects not seem so aloof or stuffy or snobby,” Gedney said. “That attitude certainly exists, and sometimes it’s well-earned. I’m trying to change that.”
Quiet time with a view to start my day with a peaceful perspective. Protein-heavy breakfast and several strong cups of coffee are a requisite.
Checking the commute time from my Woodinville home to my home office upstairs. The trip looks fairly clear this morning.
Fifteen steps later, I arrive at my home office, ready to get started. It is going to be a busy day.
Preparing a permit submittal for King County, one of the last building departments that still uses printed plans; most cities have an online submittal process.
I found an empty table in the “lunch room,” where I can distract my mind with a Sunday crossword puzzle. And, yes, I use a pen!
I go to a consultation to help a homeowner figure out how to update her kitchen. I do several of these consultations a month — I am happy to give them an unbiased recommendation.
On the way back I stop by a new home that is currently under construction. When the owner, contractor, and architect all work as a team, each can bring their expertise to every phase.
I have just enough time to process papers before heading off to yoga. Ginger, my part-time assistant, is a huge help.
I often go to my local yoga studio, Root 2 Rise, to undo some of the stress of the day, sometimes with my wife and daughter. Owner Casey Stewart has great instructors.
Heading straight to a class at my church, Woodinville Alliance. No time for a proper dinner, so my lovely wife made a picnic to have just before class starts.
Back to the homestead, where it is not too late to have a dram of scotch from my steampunk whiskey bar.
I wrap up one last game on Words with Friends before my brain shuts down for the night. See you tomorrow.