ISSUE 87  |  Into the Wild

Reader Roundtable: Would You Hire a Friend (or Work for One)?

August 31, 2013 9:00 AM

BY Christine Chang Hanway

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Last week we featured a renovated cottage by the sea where the client hired two friends as her architect and her designer. Crazy and foolhardy? Or wise and forward-thinking? After all, a common and shared understanding based on a prior relationship can promote collaboration and ease the communication and exchange of ideas. Let us know your thoughts—all stories (success and horror), are welcome.

P.S. See the miracle project at Before and After: A Summer Cottage Reborn on the Connecticut Coast.

Above (L to R): Hannah Childs (Designer), John Allee (Architect), and Charlotte Tracy on the terrace of Charlotte’s newly renovated house. Here are a few outtakes from the project (see more at Before and After: A Summer Cottage Reborn on the Connecticut Coast).

Above: The light and airy kitchen.

Above: A pinstriped stairway.

Above: A guest bedroom.

Above: A white and breezy bathroom.

Above: The reshingled and overhauled cottage.