We had the good fortune of connecting with Ron Elliott and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ron, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
It had always been the plan to go off on my own, and I felt that I had something to share and something to offer creatively, that I was not able to fully express while working for others and pursuing their designs. I had more to give, and I needed to find an outlet.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I run a very small one person company doing almost all of the work myself. I offer many different design services for each of my projects including, architecture, structural design, mechanical design, electrical and plumbing design and engineering, interior design, landscaping design, architectural visualization, and I do a little exploration in furniture and fixture design for a few select projects too. It is very difficult to wear so many different hats at the same time, but I love to be deeply involved in all different aspects of each project. Running any business is very hard and there is certainly a learning curve. It just takes time to figure out how to do things, but more importantly it takes time to figure out exactly how you want things done within your business, because there are many different ways to run the same company.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would start out by showing them everything nearby. Taking them on a bike ride through my neighborhood and showing them all of the great little historic houses in the Garfield neighborhood, and take them to our favorite little neighborhood restaurant, Gallo Blanco, for brunch. Then probably take them through some of the many neighboring historic hoods like Coronado, Roosevelt, FQ Story, and Willo, and go by some of the homes I have worked on in each, and some of the cool houses done by others. Then I would take them through the arts district of Roosevelt Row, stopping by some of the galleries and shamelessly another one of my projects, Golden Rule Tattoo. Then into the heart of downtown phoenix, to walk amongst the mid-rise and high-rise buildings, stopping for a coffee at Cartel, before exploring the art lined alleyways. Then lunch at either Monroe’s Hot Chicken or Paradise Hawaiian Barbeque. Take a walk through Cityscape, maybe see a movie at the Arizona Center before dinner at Cornish Pasty and then drinks at the hidden basement bar in the alley. Downtown Phoenix is really unrecognizable from its former self and is amazingly vibrant and full of life.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would not be where I am without the support and encouragement of my parents, John and Lonnie Elliott, and my grandmother, Jean Pickett. They recognized something in me when I was very little, and they thought that what they saw would make a great architect someday. I think I still have a long way to go, but I am so very thankful for their love and support.