I think 2019 has been a remarkable year and perhaps the turning point with my profession. For me, it has always been meeting the right people at the right time. Meeting my wife Katharine, for example, has not only given me two beautiful children but the courage to never give up. Its imperative to have strong relationships.
Meeting Jonathan Lee and Dave Socks were another important moment. My introduction between JLA and Socks Construction was perfect timing and combining these two brilliant firms are now pioneering the movement of the design build industry.
Jonathan Lee is an exceptional architect with a team that are reinventing the method of prefabricating buildings using a new system called Component Construction, which is considered the next generation of prefab buildings.
His firm, Jonathan Lee Architects, has modernized and improved the construction of a prefab structure and the efficiency of delivery. However, unlike most prefab buildings, they have maintained the authenticity an architect adds when customizing a building. They focus on the intricate details of classic periods of architecture and design. JLA’s patented designs of components are now the core to our brands strategy.
Dave Socks and his family, Charlie and John, have created a reputation as a high-quality builder and well-respected developers in Michigan. Their ability to solve issues with calm and genuine sincerity is why their brand continues to grow. In the last 15 years, the urban landscape of Traverse City, a beautiful waterfront town that becomes a holiday destination in the summer, has become an attractive and cultural environment because of Socks Constructions investments and leadership.
In May of 2019, I became Socks Construction Creative Director and partner of their new design-build-live studio called Design Elemental.
Design Elemental is a studio service, offering attainable building practices to unite spaces with personal values. The partnerships between Jonathan Lee Architects, Socks Construction, and Component Construction Systems identifies quality craftsmanship, bespoke architecture, quality-controlled construction, sustainable solutions, and luxury interior products.
With my experiences as a designer and a coach’s mentor, the market no longer wants just a home with more efficiencies, sustainable benefits, and economical values. The next generation of homeowners are looking for a place to belong to. Today, we face a symptom called “information overload” because we carry devices in our hands with easy access to almost everything. This is preventing us from what we humans should be doing, which is connecting to our senses for a harmonious bond to the environment.
In Australia, as a young lad I had a clear vision. Explore the world and discover a more meaningful and purposeful life. I have spent the last 23 years learning to connect memories by giving a purpose to an object or thing. This philosophy, called Human Sense Connectivity, is to create a space that can have a profound affect towards decision making, restoring energy, and wellness.
It’s only taken my 23 years to figure this out but my formula in life is quite simple. Clarity + Direction = Passion. What’s more significant is that without passion, you have no formula. Also, I have realized that nothing lasts forever, but something inside of me feels that memories do.
I look forward to share more stories about Design Elemental and Component Construction exciting progress in 2020.