RDS Turns 30!

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We’re pretty excited by this number…we’ve been in business for 30 years as of April 1st, 2018! We celebrated this momentous occasion with a small party in the office on March 28th. To say that I was surprised was an understatement! My staff, fellow designers, builders, and clients made this day very special. 

Many people asked me questions during the party so I thought I’d answer a few of them here for all of you. As I said during the party, “It’s been 30 years, one day at a time!”

How did you get your start?
I began my career as a draftsman for a small electronics company and then was able to make a move to work for a residential design firm. After five years I joined Bob Webb Builders where I feel that I received my Masters Degree in construction and basically “how to build the right way”. I worked briefly for another builder prior to starting RDS.

How did you choose Residential Designed Solutions as your company name?
We started out as Designed Solutions but when we incorporated there was another company with the same name so we added the “Residential” to be more descriptive.

Have you always been located where you are now?
The company began in my home study and within a year we moved into our first office on Snouffer Road. Several years later we moved into a larger office in the next building over and in 1999 we moved to our current location.

What is the best part of your job?
There are many aspects that I enjoy but I would have to say that the time I spend designing is my favorite. It’s all about problem-solving, fitting the puzzle pieces together so that they make sense and the spaces flow as we meet our customers’ needs and requirements.

How many homes have you designed/remodeled?
I’ve never stopped to count but as I think about it, it must be over 7500 projects completed to date.

Which design for a new home or remodel has been your favorite and why?
I think the best answer is “the next one”. They’re all “my children” to some extent so it is impossible to pick one as a favorite. The memorable projects are those where we had big challenges to overcome and projects where we broke new ground in terms of design styles.

What have you learned over the last 30 years?
The list is endless. How to run a design business, how to design to meet client needs, how to communicate better, how to be a better person and I am still constantly trying to improve in all those areas.

How do you distinguish yourself from your competitors?
Given the construction backgrounds that our design associates have, I would have to say that we speak “Builder” fluently. We understand the cost impact of various design details and how to design to a given price point. We know what adds perceived value over just additional costs.

If you could travel back 30 years, what would you tell yourself based on what you know now?
The list is endless here also but I guess the most important thing would be to just continue to focus on the clients and make sure we’re meeting their needs.

We cherish our relationships with our clients, builders and all the trade people we encounter daily. We take our business and our clients’ needs seriously and are honored to be part of this incredible home building profession. Thanks to all of you for letting us be a small part of your life.