We had the good fortune of connecting with Paul Hunyady and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Paul, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
To give up is never a question, the question is only how do I adapt and grow.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I have the natural ability of seeing what will look great and work in or on a residence almost immeadiatly upon arriving at a project. I have coupled this with 15 years of experience and gained the historic knowledge of our local residential architecture to develop niche of vintage historic design. Some of my favorite projects involve saving historic properties that were slated for demo by convincing the owners to make it work with what they have and trusting me to deliver with as little emotional and financial pain as possible. Coming out on the other end of those projects with a property that will stand the test of time for another 100 years and having the owner just sit back and applaud my efforts has been so rewarding. Improving and enhancing the integrity of our historic neighborhoods has been great, I plan to keep doing it as long as clients believe in me. As we head into what I see as the post Covid commercial property surplus I want to help convert a lot of these expected surplus commercial properties into much needed residential usages. I have a lot of great ideas that will ideally see the light of day and make happen. Running multiple businesses and projects has taught me that bigger is not better. As I move from my Mooch Exterior Designs, Inc. career into a smaller brand and the more focused objective of Oh Landscape Design Build, I look forward to doing fewer projects with a higher focus smaller staff. Small business is not easy, it never will be (at least not for me). As long as I remember that and stay focused on what is important; integrity, communication, commitment and passion, it is more likely to feel like a hobby I am being paid for and less like a job that I am just trying to get through. I didn’t start this career to run a business, I started it to design great work and service the community.
Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Day 1. Cabrillo Monument, Point Loma, La Playa, Liberty Station and Ocean Beach (my home town born and raise)
Day 2. Tour La Jolla and Mount Soledad, Windansea, Torrey Pines and Del Mar State Beach (on a Moto Guzzi Motorcycle)
Day 3. Borrego Springs, Julian and Ramona
Day 4. Lafayette Pool North Park, Bankers Hill and Architectural Tour of Mission Hills and surroundings.
Day 5. Balboa Park, Japanese Friendship Garden, Botanical Garden, Museums and San Diego Zoo
Day 6. MCM home tour west East county and Mid-City and lunch in Kensington
Day 7. Put your ass on a plane and say goodbye.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Shoutout to all the home and business owners that trusted me to improve their lives, homes, businesses and gave me the creative freedom to rock my designs and improve communities. It really would not be a success without them trusting my vision. Trusting me with two of people’s most valuable and emotional assets (personal finances and homes) has truly been my honor. I do not take it lightly and always strive to deliver and go above and beyond.