House on a hill
Designing and building one's own house can be a spiritual journey. Ethan and I embrace every experience and opportunity during this journey for awareness:
who we are,
what we should appreciate,
how to live a more meaningful life.
This is the waterfall design process. But any agile would work?
This is an ongoing project.
Lucy & Ethan's Customized House
Nov 2017 ~ May 2018
Team and responsibility:
Project manager: Ethan
Design Lead: Lucy
What is COOL about this project:
The clients of this project that Ethan and I
work for are ourselves.
Design and build a house that is aligned with our faith, lifestyles and taste. (It is a product design)
Enjoy the whole process and create the pleasant experience for everyone involves in this journey as well. (So, it is an experience design too)
Explore a more innovative and productive work mechanism between the designer and the engineer. I'm the prodcut designer in my daily job, and Ethan is the project engineer in his daily job. ( Well, it is also an exploratory design)
What are our needs?
I want to build a house that helps us achieve the balance between simplicity and humanity in our life.
This house needs to be an engineering art. I mean, beautiful and functional.
Let me find out what it looks like in my mind. LOVE Pinterest!
This is what I mean by Scandinavian kitchen.
I like that! Neat and stylish.
Isn't cool if we have a wood craft station in the basement?
It is time to talk about feasibility
What are the constraints that we currently have?
What is the optimal collaboration model of this couple team?
Differentiating what we want and what we really need is not as easy as we thought.
Articulating the needs is a learnable skill.
What we learned
We need a house that helps to calibrate our way of living to find a balance between simplicity and humanity, where we focus on what’s important to find real happiness, fulfillment, and freedom.