Sometimes people ask me why I like architecture, or why I like residential work.  Here's why:

We still have a little more work to do on the painting front (window sill, doors, trim, etc) but overall the project is complete and we absolutely love our new space and being able to have everything in our room, especially now that we want to ensure our son stays asleep, and not having to use the hallway bathroom definitely contributes to this goal.

This is from an email I recently received from a client.  The project was small--just reconfiguring their master bathroom--but it has had a large impact on their lives.  Before the project, the couple was avoiding using the existing master bathroom because of its awkward plan and lack of ventilation.  For me, the most rewarding part of my job is knowing that I've helped improve someone's life by making the space they occupy work for them.  It's not always something huge or expensive; it can be as simple as taking a poorly-laid-out bathroom and moving a few things around to make it more comfortable.  That, and installing an exhaust fan so it doesn't turn into a steam room every time someone showers!

Here's what the existing bathroom looked like:

And here's the redone bathroom:

I have a few more projects in construction and nearing completion, so my holiday wish this year is for successful projects and more happy clients.  Check back here for more updates.