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Focus Areas

Sustainable Design
We’ve dedicated pages on this website to sustainable building and we speak on the topic frequently because it’s important – as a society, we’re recognizing the physical and economic benefits of sustainable building. Please take a moment to read our “Green”, “Water” and other web pages to learn more!

Vernacular Architecture
Vernacular architecture is local – it’s evolved with local materials and methods in response to local conditions. In that sense, it’s the original sustainable building. We can learn critical lessons by studying vernacular architecture. Style is also an important part of vernacular architecture because subtle details contribute to the regional character that makes the construction identifiable.

Passive Design
Passive design makes the best use of architecture and passive systems rather than relying on building systems and energy consumption for comfort. For example, insulation is a passive system: it doesn’t consume any energy and doesn’t have any operating costs once installed. HVAC (air conditioning systems) are active systems that consume energy and have operating, maintenance and replacement costs. It makes more sense to invest in passive systems when possible. Changing the orientation of the building to make the best use of sun light, wind and geography can have a more significant impact than expensive building systems like PV (solar) panels.

Net Zero Homes & Zero Energy Homes
Some buildings generate as much or more energy than they consume. This net zero consumption, the goal of zero energy homes, is quickly emerging as the new goal for home construction.

Universal Design & Design for Disabled Persons
Universal design refers to a range of planning services that result in spaces and environments that are accessible to both able-bodied and physically disabled people. Disabled people are not just people in wheelchairs. You might find it helpful to think of differently-abled people because some appear to be physically able despite the loss of vision, hearing, dexterity or other abilities. Universal design can be subtle and comfortable for everyone when carefully considered. Our favorite examples are zero-step entrances and door levers – both are easier for everyone regardless of ability!

Design for Aging in Place
We work to address the often overlooked details that really make the difference in an interiors package. Careful integration of the building systems and good documentation for the trim package, lighting package and other considerations are key issues in protecting the Owner’s investment. Please contact us for specific examples of “the little things” that make the difference in an interiors package.

“Not So Big” House Design
We work to address the often overlooked details that really make the difference in an interiors package. Careful integration of the building systems and good documentation for the trim package, lighting package and other considerations are key issues in protecting the Owner’s investment. Please contact us for specific examples of “the little things” that make the difference in an interiors package.

Gardening & Farming Opportunities
We work to address the often overlooked details that really make the difference in an interiors package. Careful integration of the building systems and good documentation for the trim package, lighting package and other considerations are key issues in protecting the Owner’s investment. Please contact us for specific examples of “the little things” that make the difference in an interiors package.

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