The Art of Architecture: Invest in Beauty

“A design isn’t finished until someone is using it.” Brenda Laurel

Texture in Architecture

The art of architecture lies in the details. In how carefully selected materials can mimic forests and water within a home. In how a spiral staircase adds motion to an entryway. In how a living room’s soft wood floors can perfectly contrast with the stark limestone walls. Details matter. Texture matters. Texture—the result of carefully …

4 Nature-Inspired Homes

“When we build, let us think that we build forever.” John Ruskin The Pacific Northwest inspires. Beauty exists at every turn. Dramatic peaks, alpine meadows, expansive forests, and teaming waters create a scene of endless intrigue. And for the Pacific Northwest native, “home” should embrace all of it. Taking cues from natural surroundings is a …

The Art of Architecture: Imagination

“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you anywhere.” Albert Einstein

Why Building Costs More Than Buying a House

When choosing to build a custom home, there’s a general assumption that the cost will be similar to that of the current “comparable” market listings. People often expect a slightly higher cost due to the project’s custom nature, but few realize just how pronounced that difference can be. As a result, many people are surprised …

The Art of Remodeling

One of the privileges of architecture is to breathe new life into existing homes. It’s an opportunity to identify and draw out beauty in old spaces. As we went about remodeling this 1980s spec home, we drew inspiration from the homeowners’ love artistry and shingle style homes on the Nantucket seaside. A Space for Art …

Exercising the Art of Architecture

Architecture is an art form. It’s an opportunity to take everyday necessities–shelter, warmth, safety–and imbue them with beauty. So, as we pursue residential architectural design for our clients, we constantly push ourselves to dive deeper into the practice that inspires us: the art of architecture. Here’s a glimpse into how we exercise the art of …

Art in the Details

A great home lies in fine details. Beauty begins in textures, colors, and angles working in perfect harmony. No point is overlooked. Fixture Every custom designed home should bear the unique fingerprints of its owners. The English Craftsman project does so more than most. After taking a metalworking class, the homeowner contributed handmade light fixtures …

How to Prepare for Your First Meeting with Your Architect

When it comes to that first meeting with an architect, there are a number of crucial steps you should be taking in preparation for it. By following these five, you’ll find yourself much better equipped to create your dream custom home. 1 | Find a Local Architect As members of a digital age, it is …

The Art of Landscape Architecture

“All gardening is landscape painting.” William Kent Every detail of a home speaks to the artistry of the whole. Each fixture, window casing, and trim piece contributes to the story. It’s why we take care to consider every angle of a project. We want every space to mingle naturally with every other—including the outdoors. The …