Muddy Shoes Architect, Todd Hallett, to Write Regular Column for Professional Builder Magazine

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Professional Builder blogger, AIA Architect, and Lean Design expert Todd Hallett has been added to Professional Builder magazine as a contributing writer.

Muddy Shoes Architect Todd Hallett, President and Founder of TK Design & Associates

Todd has the distinct advantage, in his field, of working with Builders all over the country and seeing first hand what the trends are.

Following his hugely successful day long presentation on Lean Design at this year’s International Builder's show, Todd Hallett, President and Founder of TK Design, became Professional Builder magazine's newest contributing writer. Todd's column will focus on new residential home design. Todd will draw from his daily personal experiences in the field to address emerging trends in floor plan layout, exterior elevation, and Lean Design.

Todd has the distinct advantage, in his field, of working with builders all over the country and seeing first hand what the trends are. He has his pulse on what people from each different generation are looking for in a new home. He also knows how to capture those trends in a new design and make the home cost effective to build at the same time. Todd is the nation’s leading expert in Lean Design.

He utilizes Lean Design to help builders bring thousands of dollars more per home to their bottom line. Contrary to popular belief, Lean Design is not just a cleverly packaged term for value engineering. Value engineering became a derogatory term in the late 90’s after some big box builders used the concept to strip away all the dramatic amenities and aesthetics that make homes exciting and attractive. The Lean Design approach is to strip the plan only of waste, the end product of which results in superior aesthetic design, cutting edge planning and increased amenities. Successful builders all over the nation are utilizing Lean Design as a way forward.

Todd’s first column is scheduled to appear in the April issue of Professional Builder magazine. It can also be viewed on line at

Todd Hallett, AIA, President of TK Design & Associates, Inc. ( has been designing award winning homes for over 20 years. He spent 15 of those years working for a $50 million production building company. Todd designed all of their homes but also worked in every other aspect of the company including purchasing, development, land acquisition, product development, and operations, and was President of the company for three years. Equipped with his vast building experience and fueled by his love for architecture he left to form an architecture firm that is second to none in working cohesively with Builders.

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