Our approach to single-family residential architecture is tuned precisely to the clients’ goals, whether designing the ultimate home or spec-driven investment property. Budget limitations, material choices, energy efficiency, aesthetic preferences, and contextual appropriateness are all weighed in the design process. Our experience working with local contractors and sub-contractors also aids the home owner in finding a construction entity which is most appropriate for the project. Because of our close relationship to builders, we can also involve those builders early in the conceptual process to help shape the construction budget.
Perhaps the most challenging design endeavor we undertake, single-family remodel projects, often involve extremely demanding constraints. These limitations might include zoning ordinance restrictions for floor area allowances and bulk, off-street parking, and material palettes. Pre-existing structural considerations can also necessitate imaginative solutions to an otherwise more straightforward process. All of these issues must then be superimposed on the programmatic and budgetary goals of the owner. While these challenges are formidable, the heart of our practice lies in resolving this type of design task. Having designed homes in many of the San Francisco Bay Area municipalities and communities, we are adept at understanding local ordinances and design review process. Additionally, our on-going research of available construction materials and systems has led us to apply varied architectural solutions to a wide array of vernaculars, whether traditional or contemporary.