Eric Gedney is one of the best
Bottom line: as a contractor who has worked with many architects Eric Gedney is one of the best I’ve worked with. Here’s why:
1) Eric places the highest priority on serving his clients needs first. He has nothing to prove and no ego that needs constant stroking.
2) Eric is highly personable and is a great listener – he also has a wry sense of humor that makes his projects fun to be a part of. He works hard to establish a good connection with his clients and has an amazing ability to translate client wishes – even odd ones – into build-able reality.
3) Eric understands the importance of collaboration and team building and seeks to build the team early in the process. Contractors can easily be marginalized in this relationship and its not uncommon for them to be made the “bad guy” especially as costs grow with design. Eric listens and even defers to contractor input and will revise his plans to accommodate.
4) Eric has a great sense of design, scale, proportion, balance, flow and style which of course is important in an architect. But Eric also possesses a clear understanding of “real life played out in a space”. Nothing frivolous, rather, there is a purpose for everything even if the purpose is just to create a deeply personal statement which sums up the clients taste and style. Further, nothing Eric does is run-of-the-mill everything is custom tailored to support the clients desires.
5) Finally, Eric can design to meet budget requirements and even though compromise may hurt he is able to scale a project down to help it get built (he is also happy to scale it up!). This is a very important trait in an architect as many projects in our industry die after design and clients are left with a really nice project that will never be built.
A final word of advice to potential clients: when Eric suggests you choose your contractor early on in the process – do it! This is the best way to ensure your project hits your budget goals and building the team early pays off in many remarkable ways.