Stories

Maybe not everyone should live in the same house

I started my career in the construction industry spending my summers between university working on a crew for a local builder. This was in the 1970s, and our crew was involved in building dozen’s of homes each summer. I have since realized that I was part of a major building boom. Builders like the one I worked for built homes in “subdivisions”. These builders were hardworking business people who took great pride in their work. None of them would have considered employing a designer or architect.

I can probably be forgiven for thinking that there was a better way at age 19. I certainly did. I’ve since come to see that there are many reasons for every house in a neighbourhood to look like every other one, but I’ve not quit thinking there is a better way and I’m past 60 now.

What follows is my story and the stories of my clients. I remain convinced that houses should reflect the uniqueness of the people that live in them. Sometimes that uniqueness comes out in a small change, a subtle shift like creating a passthrough. Other times it means a major addition to accommodate a growing family. And sometimes it involves creating a legacy, a new, one-of-a-kind home.

The bottom line is that if you choose to work with The Landing Company, my goal will be to find a better way for you and yours to live in your home.

– Will Klassen, Principle & Designer