June 5, 2008
One of the huge things that Pete and I have been super grateful for in this past year while working with the Bensonwood crew and the This Old House team is how we don't just have our two minds hard at work almost every day on our house project, but we have many, many, other really creative, very smart, and super-productive brains working with us as well.
From the big decisions we needed to work out in the very beginning of this project - like floor plan layouts, overall vibe of the landscaping, the shape, style and feel of the house that we wanted - to now working out the very small details like the door knob hardware color, shape, and size. Every step of the way we not only had ourselves to bounce ideas off of, we had a whole slew of others to help us brainstorm, research, and discuss every single detail of this house and it's property. It is like having your own production team working together with you to make the best decisions possible regarding every facet of your home.
Quite simply it gave us more minds at work all the time - more brains thinking, pondering, and working out issues or problems with us. We also had more hands on deck to do product searches and research. And we had the great asset of everyone's collective past experience to help us out, be it locating a specific hard to find product we had in mind, getting a certain artist or craftsman to meet with us, or what happens more than a few times a week - dealing with our crazy late at night questions via email to the team.
This many brains hard at work privilege also helped us in a huge way when tackling hard to figure out issues. One example: the greenfactor.