The TEAM -
OUR DEEPEST MOTIVATION DOES NOT LIE IN PROFIT MARGINS AND DOLLAR BILLS, IT IS FOUND IN THE DESIRE TO LIVE LIVES OF MEANING AND PURPOSE, ENGAGING IN THE CRAFTS OF DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION THAT BRING SO MUCH JOY AND SATISFACTION. THE GOAL IS TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL ARCHITECTURE, THAT ENCOMPASSES OUR PASSION FOR DESIGN, A GREEN FOOTPRINT, FUNCTIONALITY AND STYLE, YET NEVER CONCEDES ON QUALITY.
We will boldly establish a name for ourselves as a cutting edge, progressive builder of much needed solutions to affordable, efficient housing, community development, as well as a strong vehicle for investment strategies.
“I AM SIMPLY DESIGNING AND CONSTRUCTING DWELLINGS THAT ARE AKIN TO INHABITED SCULPTURES.” – SCOTT
“From a very early age, I remember drawing airplanes, cars, trucks and buildings that took my interest. I was fascinated with the art of Frank Frazetta and Roger Dean. At the age of 12, I asked my mother to buy me a professional drafting table, after receiving a book containing the work of, my still all time favorite architect, Frank Lloyd Wright.
Designing and drafting was entirely divine and spiritual to me. That same year I chose industrial arts as my elective and found it exhilarating to design and construct furniture and a variety of functional items. I was also exploring the use of different materials such as wood, glass, metal and stone. In fact I carved a block of limestone into an abstract shape influenced by the movie ‘Alien’ and that piece was awarded 1st place in a national high school sculpture competition. I have nothing but gratitude for my teachers and instructors who encouraged me and directed my love of creative endeavors.
Throughout school I excelled in industrial arts and architectural drafting. I received multiple national scholastic awards for sculpture, art and drafting. My work was presented and displayed at the University of Texas and some exhibits displayed nationally.
Later, I began working at lumber mills, constructing custom furniture, cabinets, doors and windows. I found myself always able to earn a living using these skills and at the age of 23 started my own log & timber frame company. I became a licensed general contractor in Colorado exploring alternative construction methods, such as rammed earth, straw, bale, argisol, greenblock, earthships and highly energy efficient structures. However, at the heart of all my passion was the aesthetics and beauty of organic, natural materials and details.
I began a semi-professional career in watercolor and found its chaotic, but organic properties, that mimic geological flows and patterns, really spoke to me, so that heavily influences my paintings and sculptures.
Another gift we have been given is our incredible connection to sound and music. I began playing drums in sixth grade. Percussion to me, is an audible motif of natural geometry, much like the shapes and patterns of floral and plant leaves for example. Which brings me full circle to my love and fascination with temples, churches and sacred spaces: from Stonehenge, in England, or pyramids in Egypt, to Kivas, here in the southwest. Man has reflected on his origin since the dawn of time and incorporated his eternal aspirations through all the arts.
Therefore I have always believed that your home is your sanctuary and I hope to provide dwellings that inspire people. For me a dwelling is a space that reflects a lifestyle and connection to your higher self. It is a place of gratitude, calmness, reflection and actions that demonstrate an appreciation of architecture being more than a basic necessity for shelter, but actually a physical manifestation of beauty.”
“THE GREAT GIFT OF LIFE IS THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE CREATIVE.” – MARK
“I was born and raised in Buckinghamshire, England where I worked and studied construction management prior to my arrival in the United States, September of 1999. I worked with inner-city kids in Brooklyn, New York, before pursuing my dreams and building my own skatepark in Tampa, Florida. I was able to grow my skate ministry into a network, designing and building skateparks nationwide, for churches and nonprofits.
Next, I moved to Joplin, Missouri to work with a large skatepark manufacturer based there, before returning to my roots working with inner-city kids once again in Memphis, Tennessee, but also blending my passion for skating in the process. I used skateboarding as a positive outlet for youngsters in deprived neighborhoods.
In 2011, I gained American citizenship and signed up for the US Army a month later; serving for 3 years as an Infantryman stationed at Fort Knox, Kentucky. I deployed once with my squad to Afghanistan, attached to a Special Forces team. I made it to the rank of Sergeant, having established myself as a leader, even in Basic Training.
Like Scott, I am also very artistic and apply a creative edge to all productive tasks. I love to write and illustrate children’s books, primarily for my 2 daughters, and first started self-publishing while deployed.
Upon leaving the Army, I moved my family to Austin Texas and began work as an independent contractor inspecting construction sites for banks. On a home remodel inspection, I made friends with Todd, a real estate investor and the two of us formed a new house-flipping business. Our combined experience in construction and real estate made for a dynamic team and ultimately out of this partnership came the seed for to get my Real Estate Agent License and Manufactured Home License.
Since moving to Texas I became an avid ‘Two-stepper’ and love to teach beginners. Although not musically inclined, like Scott, we did happen to meet dancing.
In terms of a life philosophy I was taught: people do not care how much you know, until they know how much you care! Taking care of people is the foundation I have built my life upon and continues to be the bottom line, even in business and real estate.”
“I design to reflect well-being.” – Marian
“I’m a Massachusetts native with strong roots in Argentina. Austin has been my home for well over a decade. I grew up bilingual with an Argentine mother and a dad from Pennsylvania, which was an interesting mix of cultures. I traveled often living in both countries. I thank my parents for exposing me to two different worlds immersed with love and compassion.
In 2005 I went to Argentina where I felt strongly connected. I was fascinated by the great detail old, historic buildings had and the usage of different textures to build and create something magnificent! I focused on interior design and was obsessed with sustainable design. I studied Interior Design and Fashion Design at Instituto Superior de Diseño Aguas de la Cañada and Fine Arts at Figueroa Alcorta in Córdoba. I continued to research these fascinating arts in Barcelona and Rome, experiencing and collecting many different design methods and techniques. This approach allows me to bring a wide palette of styles, moods and hues to reflect, enhance and ultimately inspire wellbeing.
In 2010 I moved back to Austin, where I began working as an assistant at my friend’s restaurant. I helped design the tables, lay out, and manage the floor. I met a family at the restaurant who trusted me, so I became their nanny. I discovered another passion of mine was caring for kids, all of whom I taught Spanish. We played, sang, danced and created art. I taught Spanish at a Montessori school and realized although I loved all the kids, I preferred working in smaller settings connecting and making bigger impacts through my design skills.
I love getting to know people. The connection and energy shared with others is what inspires me immensely to design and create an environment that reflects the people I work with.
So, in 2014, I began my own interior design business creating more attractive and functional homes. I was hired to work on a house for a woman who had Dementia. I connected with her more than her nurses and became her caretaker. I decluttered her home to give her stations with a purpose. She had a peaceful garden and an art/ music studio. This helped her with our everyday routine. As my design business began to grow, Barb deteriorated, and I could no longer care for her.
Since then I have run my business focusing on remodels, reworking layouts that are functional and esthetically appealing, incorporating my clients inspirations and elements that reflect their wellbeing. All of these experiences combining healthy lifestyles, connecting with others, caring for them and creating an environment where they can thrive to live well is what inspires me to design! I’m blessed to have met Mark and be included in this amazing team at ADU. I’m a part of a team with people who are talented and compassionate about designing homes and communities to enhance the environment and a better quality of life.”