Larry Garnett

Speech Topics:
- Creating the Perfect Home Design
- Understanding and Analyzing Home Plans
- Our Home—Shelter for Our Family…or an Investment for Our Portfolio?
- Exterior Design—Historic Perspectives
- Re-sizing the Home—Re-purposing the Traditional Rooms
- What Makes a Home Workable, Functional, and Sustainable?
- Traffic Patterns—How We Travel Through the Home
- Combining Exterior Elements and Materials
- Aging Baby Boomers—Housing Options for New or Remodeled Homes
- New Urbanism for the Small Builder/Developer: Creating Small-scale Villages
- Conceptual Designs—Innovative Home Design for the General Public
- Village-style Neighborhoods: Diversity and Sustainability

Larry Garnett is a recognized expert on innovative, yet practical home design and new urbanism for small-scale developers. A residential designer since 1977, Garnett has designed six national show homes including “The Most Romantic Home in America” for Traditional Home, “How America Really Lives” for Home magazine and a show home for the National Association of Homebuilders International Builders Show.

He has shared his expertise with homeowners and with trade audiences in feature articles and columns for Country Home, The Journal of Light Construction and Professional Builder. In 2007, his book Home Plan Doctor was published by Storey Publishing. In it, he shares with homebuyers how to select a home plan that fits their lifestyle, how to read a basic floor plan and how to navigate every stage of the process.

His interest and experience in the New Urbanism has recently allowed him to be involved in the overall design of several “New Towns and Villages.” This has created a demand from small builder/developers to provide design services for smaller scale projects, from 5 to 50 acres.

In 2007, he began a joint venture with the Garlinghouse Company (the oldest residential plan service in the U.S.) to develop Conceptual Home Designs, an exciting new home plan product that allows the most talented architects and designers an opportunity to offer their expertise to the general public in an economical and practical format.

Garnett speaks frequently on home design or traditional neighborhood design at Home & Garden shows and at venues that include Harvard University and the National Association of Homebuilders.

In 1997, Garnett was inducted into the American Institute of Building Design’s College of Fellows (FAIBD). He has received numerous design awards, including the Honor Award of Excellence 2001 from the American Institute of Building Design and the Best Planned-Unit Development from the Texas Institute of Building Design. Garnett is also a member of The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), the Institute of Classical Architecture, and the Congress of Residential Architecture (CORA). He is a Certified Professional Building Designer (TX-228).

He has been featured in media that include Better Homes & Gardens—Better TV, House Smarts TV Show, Martha Stewart Radio, Wall Street Journal TV, and Home Improvement Zone Radio. His designs have been published in various magazines, including Southern Living, Better Homes and Gardens, House Beautiful, and Country Living.

Garnett travels from Fort Worth, Texas.

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