Recruited by a builder after architecture school, the Cornell graduate came to the Beaches of South Walton area for an interview. “I immediately fell in love with the laidback lifestyle and all the outdoor activities—boating, beaches, biking, fishing,” he says. “I thought it would be fun for a few years, and then I could go back to New York and get a ‘real job.’ ” But it didn’t take long for the appeal of beach life to change his mind. “Seaside was an inspiration to me as an architect, and I moved to Grayton Beach to be closer to the scene on 30A back before Highway 98 was a four-lane road. I met my wife a year later at the Red Bar, and I started my firm soon after.
“Our personal style is reflected in the color tones and the design of the floor plan. When you walk through the front door, you feel like you are walking out onto the beach.” —vicki Inman
There was a peacefulness to the beach back then, before the real estate market took off, and I bring those memories to each project.” The beauty of this seaside locale also worked its magic on John and Vicki Inman. When they decided it was time to build a second home in the Santa Rosa community, the couple was drawn to the work they had seen from Geoff Chick & Associates. Chick explains, “My projects seek to find a balance between the use of natural materials and modern sensibilities with structures that transcend popular fashion and are built to last.