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Three questions with Stephen Jones, Principal, Jones Green Design, LLC.
Why did you start your business?
In 2004 I was traveling throughout the US as a project leader in the design and branding of next-generation retail stores and restaurants. I had taken a number of architecture courses in college but graduated with a BA in English Lit from Queens University and a Bachelor of Industrial Design from Syracuse University. Although I was always drawn to architecture, I could not afford to spend another three years in college plus a five-year apprenticeship to get my architectural certification.
In 2005, I started doing residential design for friends and neighbors while I was recuperating from a two-story fall onto a stone terrace. My clients and I were so delighted with my residential design work, that I developed a “work-around” for the lack of an AIA certification. I taught myself CAD, learned the business and became a “professional residential designer” using a quiver of licensed third-party engineers to certify my plans. I had to go above and beyond to earn the respect of my clients and town officials. Today I have designed more than a hundred and twenty major remodels and custom homes throughout Fairfield County and beyond.
Finish this sentence in regard to your business: I wish I could...
I wish I could do more through home design to improve the homes, well-being and equity of local homeowners. It is a time-intensive mission with diverse clients and projects that require the talent, experience and dedication of a custom-tailored team to bring their dream homes to life.
Do you use any local businesses to support your business? Can you name them?
I provide consulting, design, expediting and project management services for major remodels and custom homes. A client once described me as the “Swiss Army Knife” of home design. What I do engages over a hundred local suppliers and professionals. Note that I am in the process of repositioning and rebranding my existing residential design firm of “Jones Green Design” as “Hatley Homes Design”. Stay tuned.
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