3 Architectural Truths

In his book De Architectura written 2,000 years ago, Roman architect Vitruvius asserted that a building must exhibit these three qualities
in order to be successful. 1500 years later, the great Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio championed the same requirements that had in
his time become known as the Vitruvian Virtues or Vitruvian Triad. Most people recognize Da Vinci’s famous drawing shown above
but may not know its name “The Vitruvian Man”.

Upon analysis, you will find that most buildings fail in one or more of these criteria. However,where these 3 qualities are considered equally,
there is an opportunity for excellence. The latin word “Veritas” (meaning “Truth”) was chosen as my company name in 1995 to
embody these principles and to serve as a reminder of their importance.

Furthermore, a structure should be beautiful without a stick of furniture in it. Every effort should be taken to make the structural elements
of the building aesthetically pleasing. Finishes and furnishings should add to the collective beauty of the architecture and not act as a substitute
for poor design.

“Veritas has designed and built a house that is an extension of me. Little did I know when I was hiring Dan, I was also hiring the most skilled and passionate group of artisans that exist in Utah. They helped me to realize my vision”
Michael Gray, Draper UT

where these three truths are considered equally,

there is an opportunity for excellence


Just as a verbal language has a syntax composed of nouns, verbs, adjectives and so on, so does
architecture. Its alphabet is in the form of design principles such as unity, repetition, balance,
contrast, line, color, scale, texture, mass and proportion

In the same way a gifted writer can employ words that are available to everyone in creating
a literary masterpiece, so can a gifted artist use universally available design principles to build
a work of art. The skill lies within the individual and not within the syntax.

Tools including the Golden Section, Pythagorean Harmonic Ratios and the Classical Orders
are used in conjunction with the aforementioned design principles to create a harmonious
structure in any architectural vernacular be it

Craftsman, Modern, Mediterranean or Traditional.


architecture possesses a syntax in the

same manner as every language



I design and build your project to meet your budget. The cost matches your budget and Veritas guarantees it will
stay within those boundaries.

Every project integrates all aspects of the effort. This includes surveying,
landscape architecture, building architecture, interior design, structural engineering and physical construction of your home.

Although the process remains same, each project is unique to the client’s needs because it has never been built before -
Veritas does not use stock plans

Physical Process:

1. Initial consultation to discuss the project and develop preliminary ideas and sketches

2. Additional discussion to refine the design

3. Concluding consultation to review and approve the design and authorize development

4. Finalize construction documents including drawings, specifications and cost breakdown

5. Build the home!

“Great projects require great planning – the construction is the easy part”

finishes and furnishings should add to the collective

beauty of the architecture and not act as a

substitute for poor design


“Dan Parkinson of Veritas Construction is just what you hope for in a contractor. He is intelligent, proactive and considers every detail and circumstance in a project. I would trust him with any job”
Katie Shell, Draper UT

a building should be beautiful without

a stick of furniture in it


the design/build process represents the optimum

use of resources – you are simply getting more



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