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Michael Gustavson, AIA, Registered Architect

Michael Gustavson, AIA, Registered Architect

Everywhere, USA

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Color coding displays three price categories.
Color coding displays three price categories.
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The Big Fish

I invented a system of visual aids, turning an impossibly complex task into something so easy to visualize that we were able to focus on even more design refinements, including greenways, preservation sites, and property line adjustment (to maximize number of potential homes on the site). 

Only 9 plans, but every home is unique because of "options" which could be easily manipulated in working "diagram plans" like this.

2 Mirror plan options = 18 unique homes
2 siding / trim options per house = 36 unique homes
3 roofing material options = 108 unique homes
Paint pallet can be changed as well

 

 
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Status: Under Construction
Location: Maui

 
Over a million dollars worth of home sales were saved because of this technique I invented. The
Over a million dollars worth of home sales were saved because of this technique I invented. The "Setback Bubble Method" allowed for a jigsaw puzzle like manipulation of house, driveway, and property line orientation, while constantly monitoring for minimum lot size. The "bubbles" layer on each unique house model simultaneously represents single story, double story and front yard setback limits. Setback lines were not needed at all until the final design drawings were required. A great deal of wasted time and frustration was avoided by not having to redraw all the setback lines every time a design move was considered. A similar method of using “diagrammatic layers” with icons and color coding on each house design was used to instantly view the options to be implemented on each house, so that each home in the neighborhood would be unique even though there are only 9 floor plans used in the entire project.

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