Quality, authenticity, and high performance
A number of very good architectural firms in the DC area create beautiful houses in various styles. Another, smaller, number of firms create truly high performance buildings. What we believe makes our firm unique is that we are a design-oriented firm that does both these things well.
Some of our new houses are large and some are small; some are modern and some are traditional. All are high performance houses meeting at a minimum the DOE Zero Energy Ready level of efficiency. Health, comfort, durability and efficiency are locked into their DNA. Why would our clients want to build in any other way when the incremental increased first cost (5-7%) to achieve this kind of performance is so minimal? In fact, because we use an integrated systems approach to the design, the cost of ownership of these homes (mortgage + monthly energy bill), is effectively the same as that of a standard code-built home.