Om Design

Simple . Sustainable . Affordable

We are a design/build company.  A project to us is not only what we design but the way we will approach it, with an emphasis on synergy.  We develop projects and create design for a wide range of clients from contractors, to homeowners to growing businesses.  We are LEED accredited and tailor sustainability into our design in a way that makes sense to each client.

The ability to handle design in-house allows us to cut costs dramatically by creating dynamic design which factors in not only the owner’s vision but the availabilities and capabilities of material and people in the given place and time. The key to our philosophy is communication, understanding the human beings involved and what it is they are setting out to do. In Austin, Texas, a client approached us with an impossible budget and a love for Frank Lloyd Wright.  We built him a house for under forty dollars per square foot and left him with architecture students knocking on his door.   In Carmel, California, a client wanted to take a small bar location and maximize it.  We built AW Shuck’s, an oyster bar designed to feel like an aquarium.  Another client wanted to open a blues bar in Folsom, California. The western eclectic warehouse we created there not only houses a profitable business but has been voted the best blues bar in the greater Sacramento area every year since the doors opened.  We don’t run those businesses; we just understood what the client was talking about and what it would take to get there in a world of scarce resources. It’s the difference a professional can make.

Housing is back. Is it better?

Christmas is over, taxes are around the corner.  It’s a good time to look at how we approach the work we do.  An excerpt from Boyce Thompson's The New, New House titled "Housing Is Back. Is It Better?" outlines the way home building has been modified in the wake of the recession. He observes that innovative new homes got smaller, and they also got greener and more energy efficient. Builders went beyond the superficial “greenscaping” of the previous decade. In many cases, they reassessed all the products they were using to build houses, deleting ones that weren’t absolutely necessary and adding substitutes that performed better and lasted longer. Most important, some builders reexamined the engineering and the systems they used to build homes. They completely overhauled the inner workings of the houses they built and, in a huge break from tradition, called greater attention to the way the houses were built rather than to superficial amenities like built-in wine chillers.

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