North Texas Designer Aubrey Tuggle Believes Listening is the Secret to Successful Architectural Design

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North Texas architectural designer Aubrey Tuggle believes there are two critical elements to a successful home design or remodel. "A home is the most important environment in the lives of its inhabitants. You can’t place enough importance on the creation of an ideal space design," she says. "There are critical elements in a successful design – and the first is simple. Just listen. Listen to the home owner and really hear how they live their lives and how their space should enfold and enhance their lifestyle. The second element? Tuggle believes being a woman gives her a particular insight into how space affects the dynamics of a home.

A young North Texas architectural designer believes there are two critical elements to a successful home design or remodel.

“A home is the most important environment in the lives of its inhabitants,” says Aubrey Tuggle of Tuggle Designs. “You can’t place enough importance on the creation of an ideal space design. There are critical elements in a successful design – and the first is simple. Just listen. Listen to the home owner and really hear how they live their lives and how their space should enfold and enhance their lifestyle.”

The second element? Tuggle believes being a woman gives her a particular insight into how space affects the dynamics of a home. “Not to be sexist, of course, but a female architect understands multi-tasking and the inherent necessities of building a nest for her family,” she says emphatically. She believes a woman’s intuitive talents as a wife, mother and professional give her critical insight to designing the ideal home. The results of her creative thinking have begun to show up in home and design magazines with impressive before and after photos.

“Aubrey’s intuitive ideas about how a space should respond to the needs of the home’s residents are what a builder dreams of finding in a partnership with an architectural designer,” says Tyler Wood, a prominent North Texas remodeler who founded Home Artisan Authority Builder Designer. Both his firm and Tuggles’ have taken home top awards from the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas.

Tuggle says her involvement in the builder association’s programs and activities has been a key element in developing a reputation as an industry leader. She serves on the board of directors of HBA’s North Dallas/Collin County Division board and on several committees of the Dallas Chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry.

Working within builder/client budgets
“My specialty is to design not only function with integrity but also to be flexible and creative enough to work within a builder’s and client’s budgets,” she says. “The goal always is to utilize my knowledge and experience with green building, energy-efficient designs and truly dynamic creativity to deliver a superior product to builders and home owners alike.”

Tuggle recently earned her Certified Aging in Place designation from the National Association of Home Builders. She is expanding her design focus to one of the hottest issues in current architectural, new construction and remodeling – America’s aging population. A new project in Richardson will provide an opportunity to use CAPS remodeling philosophies for a Boomer couple. “There are dozens of design elements – some as simple door knobs for arthritic hands – available for accessible homes,” she says.

Tuggle stretched her wings with a recent redesign of a Highland Park cottage for a young family seeking more space but committed to staying in their same location. They also knew they didn’t want a contemporary ‘big box’ structure on their charming, tree-lined street. The mid-century one-story cottage became a two-story traditional design featuring a welcoming front porch.

Maintaining neighborhood integrity
“We were determined to stay true to the mid-century architectural era represented in the neighborhood,” says Aubrey. “The best compliment of all – besides the home owners’, of course – came when their neighbors told them how well the home fits into the neighborhood.”

Rapidly becoming known for her dynamic, creative residential architecture, Tuggle understands the challenge of a multi-role lifestyle. She is married to Kevin Tuggle, whose InPhase Audio firm designs and installs high-end whole-home electronic systems and often partners with Tuggle Designs on residential projects. The Tuggles have three children with the kind of school, sports and recreational activities that challenge a young couple.

Before forming her own business, Aubrey was principal designer with responsibilities for design work, sales, marketing and operations. She earned a degree in interior design from Stephen F. Austin University and began her career with a major Dallas office design firm. From there she moved to one of Dallas’ largest corporate headquarters where she designed open landscape offices and coordinated relocation of multiple business groups into new facilities.

Tuggle began to make a name for her young company with a wide range of residential experience and design consultation with local custom home builders and a well-known Dallas architectural firm. “My goal is simply to provide the kind of melodious environment in which a family can create the memories, music and rhythm of their lives,” she says.

For more information on renovating or building a home to fit a specific lifestyle, contact Tuggle at 214-704-9989, aubreytuggle@tuggledesign.com, or her Web site http://www.tuggledesign.com.

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