From October of last year to now, I’ve been contemplating a bathroom renovation project for my house to update everything except for the toilet and tub. Now that the weather is getting nicer, I decided to move forward with this project and ordered all of the necessary materials for the renovation. Although I’ve never done plumbing work before, I’m excited to give it a shot and to learn more about architecture through this firsthand experience. Here’s a look at my pre-construction planning and material purchasing.
Now, without further ado, here is this week’s Friday Four!
1. Lesson of the week – Be uncomfortable
Ever since I got my license as an architect, I’ve been working on multiple projects at different levels. In some, I help the team develop graphics for planning projects and in others I work on construction documents and coordination with our consultants. As I continue to learn and refine my architectural skills, there are moments when I find myself cruising along and getting a lot of work done.
Oddly, I find myself getting bored of doing the same tasks over and over again. Whenever I get to this point, I focus as much as I can on my projects to get them out of the office and I ask others if I could help them with their projects.
This week, I asked a colleague of mine if he needed help and sure enough, I was on his team to help develop construction documents on a tight deadline. As we pushed through the drawings, other projects were reviewed and came back to our office and I had to juggle each of them simultaneously in the same day. By doing this, I learned so much about different areas of architecture that used to be difficult, but are now things that I understand and could resolve on my own.
Remember, if you step out of your comfort zone, you’ll learn so much through experience and both your failures and success along the way!
2. Best moment of the week – Buying a bike and going on a ride
An investment that I’ve been considering is a bicycle that I could use for both fun and transportation to places. So, for Andrea’s last weekend with me before heading out to Los Alamos, New Mexico for a 3 week program, we went to the bike store and bought hybrid bikes! Although they were costly, we saw the health and financial benefits of using our bikes for leisure and transportation.
After packing both of them in my car and reassembling them at my house, we went out for our first ride! It was a beautiful day for a ride and we decided to go to the park so that Andrea could get used to riding on her bike. We had a fantastic weekend together and we’re looking forward to more rides around the city.
3. What I’m currently watching – Casey Neistat on YouTube
After a year of hearing Casey Neistat’s name on podcasts and from my friends, I decided to look up his YouTube channel and watch his videos. As soon as I started watching some of his recent uploads, I found myself drawn to the quality of his videos. They must take a long time to produce, but they’re fantastic! Now, I find myself watching his daily uploads, which are only about 10 minutes long.
4. 30x30 Project Update – Coming up with a list of graphics for the Micro Housing project in China
Now that the building design is complete, I’m developing a list of graphics that I’d like to create for the project. Aside from renderings and standard plans, elevations, and sections, my goal is to develop diagrams that explain the concept of the project in a clear way. I’m also slowing down on this project so that I can prepare for the upcoming AIA convention in Orlando next week! Hope to see you there.