OT, that time again
This is the place for Off-Topic posts so they won't disrupt the Building a House Forum.
After providing architectural service to building owners for 40 years I tend not to qualify statements with "in my opinion", "others may disagree", or "I may be wrong", but instead get to the point, since my clients naturally expect me to give them advice without wavering.
I have also been hired by architectural firms to review their work; taught design detailing and contract administration to would-be architects; written design manuals for fed. agencies; and was trained long ago to be a light weapons infantry instructor where a lecture begins with "In the following 50 minutes you will learn..."
But there seems to be two distinctly different reactions to direct free advice when given to homeowners on a public forum: either they are appreciative or offended. I don't expect the appreciative ones to thank me but it does upset me when the offended ones lash out and characterize me unkindly.
After my experience on the Remodeling Forum, I intend to stop offering free advice to anyone who asks which will make my wife happy. But after the Garden Web, the next to get taken off the list is her brother.
I will try to respond to those who post here but my payment will be that you keep personal characterizations or criticisms to yourself. If that price is not acceptable you can hire an architect.