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For over 20 years working on all types of projects with all kinds of people, Chris has been through it all. He's seen the problems. He's heard the questions. He's dealt with the difficulties. He's made his clients' dreams for home come true.
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A 1970s Ranch Home Turned Modern Farmhouse Photos

As architects, we sometimes come across beautiful old structures that simply need a little fixing to be brought back to life. It’s amazing what some people’s creativity can do when given a slate that is nothing close to clean. This process takes a structure with a rich history and makes something beautiful all while respecting […]


Building a Family Legacy

Building a Family Legacy

For many of us the holidays bring back family memories that are centered around our homes and our communities. They can also draw attention to the fact that we are living in a home that no longer functions adequately for our family. Remodeling your home is a great way to remain in the community you love while preserving your most precious family memories.

English Tudor Expansion

Design Here & Build Anywhere

Design Here & Build Anywhere!

If you are you considering building a second home, lake home, cabin, or retirement home in location other than where you currently live then this is the article for you. There are several things you will need to consider before you can determine what the right approach is for you. You will need to consider with whom you want to design your home, how you will take into account all of the factors related to

Doehrmann Architectural Design

Kemper Exterior After Shot

How to Avoid Renovation Mistakes: Part 4

How to Avoid Renovation Mistakes: Part 4

Like an architect, choosing the right contractor is the key to a successful renovation project. How many of you have heard horror stories that have kept you from pulling the trigger on your project? How many times have you heard of a homeowner that had to hire a second contractor to fix the first contractor’s mistakes? We’ve had clients whose contractors…


How to Avoid Renovation Mistakes: Part 3

How to Avoid Renovation Mistakes: Part 3

We had a homeowner that came to us after they added a two story space to their house. They had room available in their yard and added on to their house, but their problem was that they couldn’t figure out how to get to their new addition from their current home! They had never planned for how the new space would integrate into their existing home. Now, they would have to redo…

Jacobson Front Exterior

Arden Avenue Addition

How to Avoid Renovation Mistakes: Part 2

How to Avoid Renovation Mistakes: Part 2

Our second pitfall is having unrealistic expectations. Let’s say you’ve avoided the first mistake, made the right decision, and you’re working with an architect. Now you have in front of you a design that you absolutely love. So, you do the wise thing in this market and you ask several qualified contractors to bid your project. You get the bids back and they’re no where close to what you can afford to spend. Now, you’ve spent a significant amount of money designing your home, completing…