My professional work is primarily residential because the scale of the work allows for vital experimentation. Also, because so much of our national investment in design and construction is residential (greater than 50% by dollar value), my writing has concentrated on these topics. My major publications (Graphic Guide to Frame Construction and Fundamentals of Residential Construction) focus on elevating best practices in this area, and my professional work — designing new houses and restoring and remodeling existing ones — informs my writing. The professional work serves as a sounding board for the development of emerging ideas. The integration of writing and professional design work has formed the foundation of a personal paradigm from which I have been able to influence the fields of design and construction at a national scale.