"I only do residential," Suzannah Tobin says, describing her work as an architect. "It is so amazing how people's lives are affected by where they live. I take that seriously." Old houses or new, every project is unique.
"I don't have a style," she says. "It's all about the people-who they are, how they live. I like to get into the intimate, day-to-day specifics about what resonates for them." It might be taking an existing place and bringing out the best features. "I'm such a minimalist," Suzannah says. "I want to help people do the least thing for the greatest impact."
"No matter how big our houses are," she adds, "we gravitate to certain spaces because they're cozy, they're nurturing." Those are the spaces she wants to help create-and her reward is hearing someone say, "I love my house; I never want to leave!"
Suzannah admits to being a total perfectionist. "There's a certain kind of torture in it because I'm always trying to get it just right," she says. Her effort serves a larger vision.
"I believe that houses can influence our relationships" she says. "How do we flow as a family? Where do we come together?"