Fair and Square Feet
Mary Douglas Drysdale does not often get a chance to work with the children of her clients, but for a home’s upper floor renovation, that is exactly what she did. It was this opportunity that she recalls:
“I was renovating an important historic house for repeat clients. Part of the assignment was to re-plan the top floor which was approximately 4,000 square feet. We were to convert an eight bedroom layout into three generous bedroom suites—one for each of the client’s three teen-aged children.
I had designed two other homes for these clients, working exclusively with the parents, and so while I certainly knew the children, I had not worked with them directly. All design issues had always been filtered through their parents.
The concept was that each child would have roughly the same amount of space, made into a suite reflecting their personal taste and desires.
Midway through the design process, I received a call from the middle son, who wanted to talk to me about the ‘inequities of his bedroom plan’…apparently his sister had 16 more square feet, than he did, which he very carefully calculated.
I didn’t get far into explaining design measures of alignment and the realities of structure, when he put his offer on the table. He would be willing to let his sister have the 16 square feet, if I would design into his suite, a coffee bar and built-ins for his walk-in closet.
The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, as they say. I knew in that moment that this kid was going to be every bit as entrepreneurial, as his dad, and that whatever he goes after in his business life, will likely be his.
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