"Designing a new home, or significantly changing an existing home, is a process of discovery. Like explorers, architects and their clients work together to discover a new place. And even though, as professional architects, we have designed many new homes and additions for a great variety of owners and sites and budgets, each time we start, it feels as if we are charting a new course, seeking a new place, one that neither we nor our clients have seen before.
It is a somewhat paradoxical process, for when we 'arrive' -- the project successfully done, the residents settled in -- the owners often feel that the new place is familiar, a place they already know. 'Yes,'they say, 'this is what we had in mind'... "
excerpt from Patterns of Home
by Max Jacobson, Murray Silverstein, Barbara Winslow