“Build once, well” is a tenet that underpins all of our work. We are passionate about creating healthy, energy-efficient building solutions that can reduce long term operational costs, while maximizing your comfort and enjoyment for many years into the future. Our team is trained in the practices of LEED and Passive House. We apply this knowledge base, and its relevant ideas, to every project via our proprietary “S.E.T.” (Stewardship, Energy, and Technology) checklist.
Your peace of mind begins with durability – knowing we’ll specify quality construction methods and products from trusted contractors and vendors. From there, we’ll guide you in selecting everything from material palette and lighting plans to fixtures and soft furnishings with air quality, noise reduction, and tangible comfort in mind. We’ll prioritize the mental and physical benefits of access to inspiring views, and opportunities to step out into nature, along with the importance of spaces for activities that restore and renew.
A tight building envelope and well-engineered mechanical systems will minimize energy use while maintaining effective ventilation and desired fenestration programs. Flexible floorplans, considered adjacencies, and specialized “spaces within spaces” will help to achieve agile, hybrid spaces that can serve both large groups and intimate gatherings. We focus on right-sizing so that no room feels too small, but no room goes unused in daily life.
We’ll look to nature and vernacular precedent when designing a custom home that integrates with its environment, incorporating native plants and low water landscapes where possible to reduce maintenance. With site orientation, as well as elective applications such as photovoltaics, we will help leverage and manage solar gains, create strategic protection from prevailing wind, and consider indoor and outdoor living across all four seasons. We gravitate toward organic materials, and look to re-use and recycle in our design strategy.
There is no substitute for outstanding design… what you delivered over 20 years ago still works beautifully and we are grateful to you for helping to make our entire family very happy.