One of the talented architects that we have the pleasure of working with is Missy Brown of Missy Brown Design. With a love for historic architecture, Missy specializes in blending the old with the new.
We recently asked Missy if she would tell us more about her work and where she draws inspiration. Here’s what she shared with us:
What are you most proud of about your work?
I’m proud of saving beautiful old homes and giving them new life. The best compliment I can get is that the addition or renovation feels like it’s always been there and it belongs.
What influences your work?
I’m inspired by historic architecture all around. The beautiful craftsmanship and charming spaces of existing old houses constantly impress me. I am influenced by houses I see when I drive/bike around classic neighborhoods, look at magazines, travel and visit family/friends… especially in the Midwest and on the East Coast.
What would be your dream project?
I have two dream projects. The first would be to remodel my family’s cottage on the shores of Lake Michigan. It has been passed down through many generations, so I have a deep connection with the property and house. The second would be to build a high-end tree house (as a weekend get-away) for my boys over a creek near Vail (dream on!).
What less obvious details should people think about when designing a remodel/addition?
Efficient design isn’t always the most interesting or charming. Old houses offer unique elements that you would never find in newly built houses (e.g. extra wide hallways can be wonderful, small rooms or niches can be turned into reading or desk nooks, walls/ceilings that don’t line up can turn into moulding opportunities that add depth and charm). Try to embrace some of the quirky elements of older houses and make them fabulous.
What advice do you have for someone looking for an architect?
Your (the client’s) relationship with the designer is the key to a successful project. Decide early whether you’re the type of client who knows what they want or needs more design direction. Architects have many different personal styles—some have a difficult time breaking away from their signature ‘look’ (which is OK if you love and want their style) and others are more interested in facilitating your unique style. Don’t work with someone that intimidates you—you will ultimately be disappointed with the results.
Favorite place to go in Denver?
The Botanic Gardens never disappoints!
Favorite Colorado experience?
Après ski on a sundeck after a great day on the slopes.
Last book you couldn’t put down? Favorite movie?
Unbroken. No need to explain if you’ve read it.
Shawshank Redemption. The ending is a little ‘Hollywood,’ but I cry every time!
What makes you happiest?
Besides the obvious (my son, husband, family & friends):
- Checking into a fabulous resort.
- Sketching design ideas over a glass of wine.
- Sleeping next to a lake.
To learn more about Missy Brown’s work, visit Missy Brown Design