FAQs

  • OUR  D E S I G N   PROCESS
    Good planning:

    We start every project listening to our clients learning about their needs and aspirations.  We thoroughly examine and understand the existing conditions of the  project including: the particular landscape and environment;  existing buildings and building systems; and any regulatory constraints.
    Creative Design:
    We approach every design with a fresh perspective.  We leverage existing conditions and constraints to maximum advantage.  We  explore multiple design solutions.  Examining the relative merits of each generates a dialogue of ideas from which the best solution is created.
    Careful Execution:
    We believe that every component of a project contributes to the quality, richness, beauty, and functionality of the end result.  We manage the design and building process to ensure that the project is completed on schedule and within budget.
  • G R E E N  D E S I G N
    JHW has been committed to green design since designing a passive solar house while in Architecture school.  Since 2001 JHW has been certified as a  LEED accredited professional by the U.S. Green Building Council. The very first choices that your Architect presents to you in terms of how a particular site is developed or how an existing building is utilized yield the most significant green design dividends without adding any cost. Thereafter, green design requires a commitment to making informed choices of: materials; products; building systems; lighting; and heating and cooling systems that entail the least negative impact on our environment and that yield the most long term savings to our clients.
  • C O L L A B O R A T I O N
    Working with an Architect is a collaborative process where you, the client, participate in the act of creating something that is unique for you. We spend a great deal of time in buildings whether our own homes or our workplace. Good design fulfills and enriches our everyday experiences in these spaces. You are rewarded with the pleasure and enjoyment derived from inhabiting a functional and beautiful building.