In 2014 the time had come. Bob was retired from the federal government and Pat was nearing retirement from T. Rowe Price. The narrow steps in their current home were becoming unappealing. In the renovated house they could get everything they wanted, including an elevator, bathrooms without bathtubs and romantic French balconies (which Pat, 64, fell in love with on a trip to Paris). Through a friend, the Lipperts connected with Alick Dearie and Brian Grieb of Grid Architects. They held their meetings, of course, in the garage.