Ask an Architect: Building Your Dream House

So you want to build a house. We get it. It’s a daunting process, especially when you don’t have an ally. So how do you get started? You often hear stories about what can go wrong, how expensive a project can become, and how long it takes. You may wonder what it’s like to work …

A New Old House

Two philosophies prevail when it comes to historic remodels: to make it bold or to make it blend. Prague’s Dancing House exemplifies a bold, new addition to an old neighborhood. The deconstructionist-style structure stands in stark contrast to the gothic and art nouveau buildings around it. Dancing House certainly makes a statement, but some argue …

6 Tips for a Great Relationship with Your Home Design Team

Architecture is a pursuit of artistry. From initial conversation to final construction, home architectural design is a journey. When clients first approached us with the Ratio House project, they came with a desire to breathe new life into a dated water-view home. They had a vision, but they wanted a professional architect to help craft …

Designing for the Long Run

Every new home design project requires exceptional focus and care, and as custom residential architects, we recognize that every project is unique in its needs. That’s why we rely on building information modeling to keep every design organized and exceptionally documented. Building information modeling (BIM) takes CAD programming deeper into the realm of integrated design. …

The Best of Summer in Seattle

Summer in the Pacific Northwest brings out the best in us. With sunshine, mountains, forests, lakes, and the Sound, summer in Seattle is a season to explore, relax, and enjoy the beauty of our surroundings–including the beauty of home design. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite summer home design tips and inspirations for you. …

Tuscan Style Essentials

Tuscan style architecture brings rich character to a home. It possesses a timeless relevance that’s easy to love. Even on the shores of the Puget Sound, Tuscan design feels natural. “Built on rural traditions and indigenous materials, Tuscan style whispers of heart, history and homeyness.” Houzz Its emphasis on comfort and warmth makes its Old …

Navigating a Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is one of the most used—and most loved—spaces in the home. It’s also a unique opportunity to perfectly merge the best of form and function. Kitchen remodels can be simultaneously exciting and daunting, yet they’re a great way to breathe new life into your home. Here are a few points to consider before …

A Step Above: Beauty in Staircases

Great staircases exist for more than mere function. They’re a statement, an expression of style. They require space in prominent areas of your home, after all, so they should be beautiful. Here’s a collection of our favorite staircase designs to inspire you: Classic Charm Classic on the Green‘s elegant staircase wraps squarely around the entryway. …

Bask in the Light

Natural light is among the best adornments for a home. It’s timeless. It goes with any style. It benefits everyone. And as we’ve mentioned, it increases the quality of life for those who bask in it. So let’s explore architectural features that add light and life to your home. Skylights Skylights invite natural light to …

Why Daylighting Matters

Home design is much more than creating a beautiful space. It’s the art of crafting a space that works for you, and it challenges us to consider how we can merge healthy living and architecture.