Blythe Haynes, a Greensboro designer recently won a national award for her low cost sustainable design concepts on energy efficiency.
Haynes, 54, blends her time and work between residential and commercial projects. But, her passion for residential housing has always been the main focus for her inspiration and ingenuity—Haynes has been designing homes for 34 years.
“I hate to see it happen, but there’s more people moving out of residential and into commercial fulltime these days. When I started out, there were many residential design firms in Greensboro and all over North Carolina. Today, there’s only a handful—or at least a handful that I know about, anyway.”
Haynes has designed homes not only in Greensboro, but throughout North Carolina and she is a national consultant in Design Processes. Her projects on Houzz.com won her several “Best in Houzz, Best in Design” and “Best in Customer Satisfaction.”
Sustainable housing has gotten its fair share of press lately. Elon Musk, of Tesla Motors Inc., chairs and plans to acquire SolarCity, Inc.—a company that builds solar roofing panels that look better and are more cost efficient than normal roofing.
Haynes says, “I think you’re already seeing residential design concepts that incorporate great looking homes with cost efficient features. And, it’s only going to skyrocket in the next five, ten and twenty years down the road—especially as new technology develops such as what Elon Musk is doing now.”
Haynes designs everything from “tiny houses” to multi-million dollar homes. Her website is www.BlytheHaynes.com.
We have over 34 years experience. Since 1982 we have designed hundreds of projects ranging in size from 600 to 16,000 square feet. Our projects have been built all over North Carolina, from the mountains to the coast: beach homes on Bald Head Island to mountain retreats near Boone, and entire communities in and around the Triad area. Every project is important; every client is special, every project is an opportunity to be successful.
Our philosophy is very simple: Listen to what the client is saying, then do it within your allocated budget. From the client’s initial visit, we believe communication is the key to successful design. Using state of the art computer aided design and drafting techniques, we provide drawings, renderings, and models to help the client visualize their dreams and project innovations.
What is it like being in business for almost 35 years doing the same thing?
“I love it. I wouldn’t do anything else. And, every house I design I want it to be 100% perfect. It takes time, and most of my clients understand that. But, I’m not just designing or renovating a house; I’m designing or renovating a home. I won’t stop or turn it out unless it’s 100% perfect. There are way too many people out there doing ‘cookie-cutter’ housing. It doesn’t matter to me if it’s a 950 sq ft home or one over 10,000 sq. ft. – I want it done right.”