Full disclosure: Relentless Design is my dad, Ed Bell, and we are partnering up for this project. I would be remiss to overlook his influence on my career, especially because he is the reason I landed this gig.
Fun fact: Ed has been remodeling structures since 1973. In Sacramento, he used to buy houses, fix them up, and re-sell them – way before the word “flipping” was in the American lexicon.
In 1987, my dad got his contractor’s license. I grew up visiting his job sites, scribbling on old plan sets, and generally wishing that I could work for him. He hesitated because job sites just “weren’t for girls”. Not that he was bigoted; he was just protecting me from crude language and unwanted attention, you know, typical job site stereotypes.
I recall spending a good deal of time driving around, observing and describing the built environment, making mental notes for later application. Ed has remarkable taste, so I consider myself lucky to see the world through his eyes.
He recently attempted “retirement”, but I believe for those in creative professions, work is too exciting to stop. Currently he has two projects on his plate, including this one, and is probably open to taking on more. I truly look forward to working with him and gleaning from his 40+ years of construction knowledge. This is not typical access for an architect in training.
In the late 1970’s my dad moved to New Mexico. It was the age of Easy Rider, hippies, and counterculture; he immediately felt at home. Here he also gained an appreciation for the local vernacular, and has been refining his understanding of it ever since. Below are a few photos of projects he has either built, or designed and built.