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On May 4 and May 6, 2014, Star Wars geeks everywhere made themselves known by using puns such as “May the Fourth be with you” and “It’s the revenge of the Sixth!” Yes, I proudly am one of those geeks, and in celebration of those things, here are five design lessons from Star Wars.

(No, we will not build this for you.)

(No, we will not build this for you.)

1.  “Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid.”

Choose your contractor wisely. They are the ones executing your ideas. The quality of your end product, experience, and return on investment depends on them. Do your research. A company may have a glitzy website, but do they live up to their online claims? They may have a lot of experience (great!), but how long have they been building in your area? What do they value? How is their quality of work?

2.  “Judge me by my size, do you?”

Bigger is not always better. Sure, the Jones’ have a Death Star-sized house next door, but it may end up just like the real thing (blown to smithereens twice by a straight shot from a couple of good pilots). Think smaller and smarter. Tailor your rooms to your actual lifestyle. Not only will you have high-quality and highly-efficient spaces, you will save in operating costs in the long run. Check out our commitment to “Not So Big House®” design strategies for more information.

3.  “Let the wookiee win.”

More than likely, you aren’t going to be the only voice making design decisions. You’ll need to communicate with your partner (-in-crime) and come up with a unified vision for your project. But guess what: you will not agree on everything. Therefore, pick your “duels” wisely (and we hope you keep your lightsaber off). Which design decisions are not that important to you? Which ones are, and why? Discuss these decisions diplomatically, explaining your reasoning, and be open to other viewpoints. Remember: getting your way is not worth sacrificing your relationship. Sometimes you will need to “let the wookiee win.”

4.  “When nine hundred years old you reach, look as good you will not.”

Typically, the higher the quality of an object, the longer it will last. Your home is no exception. At Meadowlark we strive for well-built projects that operate well for many years. We want to spend our time, and just as importantly your time and budget, wisely. As you begin your new construction or remodel, how high is “quality” on your list of requirements? Don’t just invest in a half-built home. Invest in something that will give you your highest return on investment.

 5.  “Truly wonderful, the mind of a child is.”

While we try to act as grown-up as possible, architects and designers approach a project like a child; we see the potential a space or lot has, think outside the box, and try to come up with creative solutions for you – sometimes surprising you with an idea you didn’t think was possible. So trust us and trust the process. We’ll find your missing planet – I mean, design solution. Take these lessons with you as you begin your project. And “may the force be with you!”

By Katie MacGillivray