As one of the top luxury real estate agents in Tampa Bay I have had the pleasure of being in hundreds of high end homes. Some of these homes are truly breathtaking and beautifully designed. A common theme I have noticed of the breathtaking homes is a large amount of them have been designed by Thomas Everett Lamb, known as Tommy by his friends. Tommy has really put his mark on Tampa Bay and I thought it would be interesting to learn more about him.
Greg: What types of services does Thomas Everett Lamb Design & Development offer?
Tommy: Thomas Everett Lamb Design & Development, Inc. specializes in ”high-end”, luxury homes designed from conception to completion. In the past almost 20 years, we have done everything from helping clients locate the perfect piece of property, design new custom homes, design major renovations to existing homes, design the interiors and decorate homes, fully outfit and accessorize homes, to recommending services, schools for client’s children, and social networking for those new to the area. In fact, we often find that we are helping to design a client’s entire lifestyle, not just their home!
Greg: Your name is synonymous with estate sized luxury homes in Tampa Bay for the uber rich. What about smaller jobs like additions or remodels, is that something you would handle for someone?
Tommy: I do a wide variety of projects ranging from design consultation to the design and supervision of the construction of very large homes. Thomas Lamb (Tommy) personally designs each and every one of his projects and attends every meeting. Client’s are never passed off to an assistant or a draftsman. It’s not just about developing projects, but developing relationships with interesting and fun people. I only want to work with people who are going to enjoy the process and help make my job fulfilling. Again, no job is too small, it really depends on who it’s for!
Greg: How many homes have your worked on?
Tommy: Over the past 19 and 1/2 years, I have worked on over 150 homes.
Greg: Do you like to work within one particular style or can you design in all styles and architecture?
Tommy: My education in architecture from Notre Dame is highly classical, and by demand, the majority of what I am asked to design is Mediterranean. I do, however, enjoy contemporary design, but I am able to design any style. I double majored in Art and Architectural History, so when I am asked to design a particular style, I am generally well versed in the associated details, but I still research that style “to death” as I do NOT like to design “pseudo” anything. I prefer that a particular style be as authentic as possible, down to the last detail. Also, even though I am able create exacting period interiors, I do prefer a more eclectic blend of styles and tastes – I feel that it makes for a much more inviting and comfortable setting.
Greg: Do you work on homes outside of the Tampa Bay area?
Tommy: Most of my work is in the Tampa Bay area, but I have designed homes in Dade City, Sarasota, Anna Maria Island, Palm Beach, Miami, New Orleans, St. Louis, Dallas, Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, the Bahamas, and as far away as Brazil.
Greg: What was the most outrageous, unique, or “cool” thing you have every done for a client?
Tommy: Hard to say what the most “outrageous” thing is that I ever designed – We keep our client’s privacy ”under wraps”!!!! More often than expected, however, I have been asked to design a home from beginning to end with little to no input from the client. All my client had to do was bring his clothes and his toothbrush, but in one case, we supplied the toothbrush as well!