I am so very proud of my friend Laura Montllor, AIA, of Port Washington, N.Y., and the success she’s had with a brainchild of hers—Home Free Home (HFH) http://www.homefreehome.org/. Laura tells a wonderful story of how she was lamenting with an architect-friend of hers from architecture school; the closets she designs for her clients are larger than her bedroom. And how she really wanted more “meaning” in what she does. She describes how when we’re in school, we have wonderful “save the world” ideals that slowly get beaten out of us when we start to “practice architecture” (After all, you do know why we call it a “practice” don’t you? We’re still practicing! HaHaHa). Anyway, Laura told her friend that she wanted to so some good things for people who really needed and/or wanted help. Why not form a group of volunteer architects who will help folks redesign small portions of their homes to accommodate a physical need or disability so they can begin to live their lives to a fuller capacity? Laura’s concept is not only designing to meet the need, but rather helping out with all aspects (fund-raising, grant requests, yard sales, donated materials and construction labor, etc.) Last week, HFH completed its first project, a handicap ramp for Glorianna.
Jim and Lisa with daughter Glorianna
I am honored to have received an invitation to the celebration party now that this first pilot project is completed. I won’t be in attendance but I will send along a donation so that HFH can continue to provide success. Laura, when do you want to open a branch in Atlanta? Count me in!—Lisa Stacholy, AIA