Melissa Wastell – Digital Diva
Affectionately known at DW World Headquarters as the Digital Diva, Melissa Wastell is our resident expert in 3D modeling and rendering.
This Alamogordo, New Mexico native grew up rearranging and painting her room a different color on a nearly annual basis…leading to her interest in interior design and later, the world of architecture.
Armed with degrees in Business Management & Leadership and Interior Design, Melissa brings to the DW team technical expertise in producing construction documents and design expertise in finishes and interiors. But most importantly, she is passionate about creating the visual tools that help DW clients visualize and understand the architecture of their dream home and “see” themselves within its walls.
And now for some interesting Melissa trivia:
Favorite music when working? Depends on my mood. Either country of indie pop/alternative.
Last book you’ve read? Last book was Babylon’s Ark by Lawrence Anthony. It is a true story about the rescue of the animals of the Baghdad Zoo after the Iraq war started.
Favorite free-time activity? Hiking, biking, or pilates.
Beach or mountains? I like a mix of both.
Dream getaway? The list is long and it changes on a yearly or maybe even monthly basis. My latest desire is to go on a South African Safari.
Most important life lesson you’ve learned so far? The most important thing in life is your health. Not to stress the small things in life and things could be worse.
First pet? The first pet that I could call MINE I got for Christmas when I was about 8. It was a cat that I named Tinkerbell, of course.
Most influential/life-changing events? The most memorable, influential and life changing would be the opportunity I had early in my career to completely gut and remodel my late Grandma’s 1940’s home in Sacramento. I drew the plans for an addition of a bathroom, obtained permits, selected finishes, and managed the project from start to finish. During that time I spent every day on-site with my steel-toed boots on working alongside the laborers doing demo, asbestos abatement, digging trenches, and everything else that goes along with remodeling an old home. I even framed a few walls by myself and was on a first name basis with the employees of Home Depot. I learned a lot during the nine months I was there, and the finished product turned out beautiful. It meant a lot to me to be able to remodel a home that I grew up visiting.