Why I Love What I Do (Part 2)

Charles Rinek With Two Clients

It is rewarding to anticipate, at the beginning of the homebuilding process, how a customized, personalized and meticulously tailored home will become magically alive by the end of the process. I find a mystical quality to this experience, knowing that a well done home will offer convenience and low maintenance while fulfilling the changing needs of those who will dwell within.

I believe that a home’s intrinsic value is not measured by its trendy gadgets but, rather, by employing wisdom found within classical architectural theory. People and their lifestyles are unique, of course, so their sanctuary should conform to their own proprietary sense of aesthetic. But the lessons of the past should be honored as well. Much like a favorite pair of cozy jeans, a home should perfectly “fit” their own “body” of lifestyle. As a professional it is my role to know how to make that happen.

Building fine homes is, I suppose, a compulsion for me. More than that, it is what I am meant to do. Over the years I have come to the conclusion that life’s journey is all about doing what we were meant to actually be doing, not what we thought we should do. I was “supposed” to be an engineer according to my instructors and my family; they recognized my penchant for exacting detail in math and science. A long story later, as I made my way through higher learning, I found that I was actually meant to use my passion in a much more tactile and practical world — one which allowed a more physical expression for creativity.

I have a soulful appreciation for fine craftsmanship, thoughtful design, and, to paraphrase Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, the firm belief that proof of God will be found within each particular detail. I feel an electric release in combining my understanding of architecture, structural dynamics, management, and personal service with a holistic heartfelt sense that “home” is a spiritual form of sanctuary.

The day a project comes to a close, I experience my own catharsis as I hand over the key and deliver to my client a brand new home. As I walk down the driveway, I am satisfied with the understanding that I have done the job I set out to do. Just as a parent tenderly watches a child grow up and move on and away, I face a wonderful, yet bittersweet, transition. To build such a complement to a family’s collective life is a worthy opportunity, an undeniable blessing, a wonderful way for me to express my passion. I celebrate my job every day. I am blessed to know that homebuilding is what I was meant to do!