Hobbs' Ink

Hobbs' Ink

6 employees
35 years in business

About this pro

We've been designing homes in the Hill Country of Texas since the late 80's and have won dozens of design awards.  Our work has been published nationally and our homes built all over the U.S. and in several other countries, but we treat EACH home and each homeowner as a totally unique entity and opportunity.  We listen to you and are excited to know YOUR ideas, not just tell you ours.  But, we also have enough experience to know when we should "steer" your ideas in one direction or another.  Together we will create the perfect space for you, something that functions well, but also expresses your personal style.  Let us design your home for you!

Our greatest joy is giving you and environment you find uplifting that is a perfect fit for you, your friends and family.

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Austin, TX 78738
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

The process for each project we work on is customized to fit the way our clients work best with us so it's not possible to give one totally linear answer to this question.  I can explain more about the big steps when we meet to see if we are a good fit for each other.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

My educational background is actually in art and philosophy mainly.  I learned to do design almost entirely by apprenticeship (and gobs of professional development courses.)  In fact, I need to explain that I am not a registered architect, but a Certified Professional Building Designer.  You can learn more about that at www.ncbdc.com 

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

Each project is so different we do not have a "price list."  Once we meet you and discover what you are looking for we will try to give you some prediction on costs.  

How did you get started in this business?

My grandfather built homes in Usonia, NY for Frank Lloyd Wright and my Dad worked one summer helping him do carpentry on the homes.  So, I grew up with it in my blood.

What types of customers have you worked with?

We've done small homes and remodels and much grander ones.  We've worked with young couples, empty nesters and everyone in between.  

Describe a recent project you are fond of.

Someone once asked a famous architect which of his projects he loved the most and he replied something along the line of, "the one I'm working on right now."  I think that's always true.  A truly creative person is like the Caruso of lovers.  She LOVES every home she works on as if it were her only lover.  So, I agree with that fellow.  The one I love the most is the one I'm working on right now.  

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

The design professional you choose is important, of course.  But, the most important job you have before you hire anyone is to find good land.  Make sure the spot you choose makes you happy, but also make sure that the back of your home will face south.  I'll explain more when we meet, but PLEASE insist on that.   

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

the most important thing is to know yourself and how you work.  Then you need to find someone who will work well with you, who will listen to you, but be experienced enough to also guide you.  

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