Custom home designer Tom Lamb is the owner of Thomas Everett Lamb Design and Development Inc. in Tampa. After studying architecture at the University of Notre Dame and working on his Masters in Architecture and Urban Planning at City College of New York, Lamb moved to Tampa and opened his business in the early 1990’s. He has projects across the United States as well as internationally, in the Bahamas, Honduras and Brazil.
Q. What is your biggest challenge when working with a new client and beginning a new project?
A. Having the client accurately convey to me their wish list, to show me as best they can through photographs, magazine clippings or existing houses, what they are looking for. It’s hard to understand what they need, what styles speak to them and the level of detail they want to live in and what they are willing to pay for. I try to convince my clients to choose a quality of space over a quantity of space, knowing that in the long run they’ll be happier when things are done better, when there is a finer use of materials, instead of their making a compromise just to get to more square footage.
Q. What do you find to be the most rewarding part of your projects?
A. It’s a combination of all things culminating with my client and/or anyone else who sees the project, just being impressed. I want to get the “wow” out of my client and the people who walk up to it or into it.
Q. What advice would you give to somebody who is thinking about hiring a design professional like yourself?
A. I urge people to inquire with true design professionals if their budget allows, not a draftsperson. The design professional should be able to fully understand and translate the client’s wishes and desires into the manifestation of their ideal living conditions.