A great home isn't just about where you live, it's about how you live. Good Design is the crucial first step towards a beautiful and functional home or a successful commercial project. Getting it right at the design stage will save time and money, provide for a smoother building experience, and make the process more enjoyable. Innovation comes from thinking about how we live and interact with our surroundings.

A creative partnership pairs your vision with my expertise, translating desires and imagination into a workable plan that will bring satisfaction for years to come.

  • My designs are practical, functional AND beautiful. I understand the buidling process, and I'm realistic about what it will cost.
  • Unlike other builders and designers, I listen. We can start with a sketch on a napkin, a floorplan from a magazine or a blank sheet of paper - your project will be tailored to you.
  • With a respect for the past and talent for interpreting classic designs, my designs meet and exceed the needs of today. Whether you are looking for cozy and intimate, grand and expansive, we will work together to create a home or office that is beatuiful, functional, durable and timeless.

Design Principles:

  • A building should fit its site; aestheicis, solar orientation, view, slop access, etc. are all integral in good design.
  • Energy efficiency is invaluable as a design criteria
  • "Green" building materials and practices (renewable resources) are always the preferred solution
  • Cost effectiveness means balancing priorities to meet your expectations.
  • Natural and locally available materials not only add character but help define the sense of place, making the building harmoneous with its surroundings.
  • Abundant natural light makes a house a home; windows are a priority design element.

"Form follows function - that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in spiritual union."

-Frank Lloyd Wright

Modern project-design and planning involves much more than the structure itself. Both consulting and design provide for other aspects of every building project; visit the Consulting and the Project Management pages of this site for more information.

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