We enthusiastically build places of habitation. We began in the 1970’s with small passive solar houses and now build houses both large and small. On campuses, we create everything from traditional dormitories to suites, townhouses, and cottage colonies. No matter the size of a dwelling, we aim at uplifting inhabitants with a sense of respite, comfort, and dignity.
Whether a small dorm room or an expansive house, we think a dwelling should center us, both physically and emotionally. We use familiar elements and warm materials to evoke shelter. These may be shared cultural icons or personal markers of a person’s own private domain. We find that layers of place between the public and private realms of a house contribute to a sense of protection and privacy. Visible craftsmanship expresses well-being by reminding inhabitants of the care that’s been taken by others.
One of our greatest residential design pleasures is connecting dwellings and the people who reside in them to the outside world. Whether by fusing nature and structure in mutual embrace, or by opening views to the surrounding landscape, or just by being polite to neighbors, we engage homes with their settings. Local construction traditions can offer wonderful shortcuts to that given generations of experience settling into the land with resilience and satisfaction.
Rhythms of Life
We try to accommodate and even celebrate domestic rituals large and small to support lives lived in a dwelling. From rushed morning showers to taking out the nighttime trash, we think the daily choreography of living is important. While tall foyers or spacious great rooms may impress, we know that it’s often the kitchens, bedrooms, and home offices that have the greatest impact on daily living. We also know that people appreciate the attention we pay to very small things like just-right storage, switches in perfect locations, and well-placed cooking space. Arranged to please the individuals they serve, these are the ingredients of joyful living.