Growing up, Clint Garwood dreamed of either becoming an architect or a cowboy. Between being a licensed architect in the state of Texas and spending many weekends working his herd of grass fed cattle, he has successfully managed to do both. Clint attended Texas Tech’s School of Architecture and began his career in Austin 18 years ago. In 2010 he decided it was time to go out on his own and founded Garwood Architecture.
Known for his attention to detail and vast project prowess, he takes great pride in creating custom-built homes for his clients with innovative solutions and noteworthy design details. When he’s not obsessing over the specifics of your home, you’ll find him attending the Austin Stone Community Church, spending time on Lake Austin, the ranch, or attending events at Regents School of Austin with his wife Ashley, and their two children.
WHERE DO YOU FIND THE MOST INSPIRATION?
Inspiration is everywhere for an architect, but I find that travel, hotel stays, rental homes, restaurants and home tours fuel creativity the most.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE RESTAURANT IN AUSTIN?
Architecturally speaking, it’s Josephine House because of their perfect mix of historic, quaint features and modern elevated design.
For food alone, it’s between Uchi and Elizabeth Street.
HOW IS GARWOOD ARCHITECTURE DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ARCHITECTURE FIRMS?
We’re a small boutique with only two architects. We don’t pass off projects to project managers or interns working under our supervision because for us, it’s important to remain directly involved. This is how we ensure you have superior client service and streamlined communication amidst what most would consider a stressful and complex process.
We’re also well versed in construction materials and methods, which impacts the overall cost of a project and allows us to set a realistic scope and budget up front.
DESCRIBE THE EVOLUTION OF YOUR WORK:
Projects begin with an on-site meeting to walk the property or existing structure to review the scope, budget and vision for the project.
With scope and budget established, we begin the pre-design phase by researching jurisdiction limitations and existing site features that could impact the project. With these parameters in place, we move in to the schematic design phase that includes the creation of a mood board, floor plan sketches and 3D renderings of the space. Next, we review these designs with our client and pursue revisions as needed. There are no limits to the rounds of revisions requested. Our end goal is to ensure our client is completely satisfied with our plans before construction begins. After final client approval, we procure preliminary city and/or HOA approval. Preliminary approval is a crucial and preventative step to ensure designs are compliant with applicable design guidelines.
With city and HOA approval, the design development phase commences with further design through 3D computer models, floor plans and construction drawings (aka blueprints). We oversee and coordinate soils testing, structural design, as well as pre-construction meetings with the general contractor. If requested, we procure the building permit and neighborhood approvals.
A close working relationship with the general contractor is a key indicator of a superb final project. We make periodic jobsite visits to observe execution of the design and assist with material and finish selections throughout the project.
WHY DO PROJECTS FREQUENTLY GO OVER BUDGET?
Custom homes are one-of-a-kind creations that have yet to be built. Therefore, all projects encounter unforeseen situations causing what is infamously known as, ‘budget creep’. At Garwood Architecture, we pride ourselves on knowing how to deal with unforeseen situations in an economic, and sometimes creative, manner so we can help reduce budget creep as much as possible.
Estimates are just as they claim to be. Estimates. Once a project is further developed and material selections are made, more accurate budgets can be forecasted. When architectural budgets exceed the allowance it is usually because the scope of the project has changed. This is why we put an emphasis on constant and clear communication with our clients to ensure that everyone understands the ramifications of decisions throughout the project.
Construction costs and materials are also constantly changing due to natural disasters, supply and demand, etc. Because of our vast understanding of materials, we know the cost difference between specifics like composition shingle versus standing seam metal roofs, or wood clad versus vinyl windows, and much more. This expertise allows us to provide realistic estimates to clients throughout the design phase.