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On choosing architecture: Steve Fenn



On ideal projects: Elijah Kehn

What I enjoy most about designing is that it is basically a clean slate every time. There is always an opportunity to come up with something original. [...]

On designing: Elijah Kehn

What I enjoy most about designing is that it is basically a clean slate every time. There is always an opportunity to come up with something original. [...]

On lessons and mentors: Steve Fenn

I really love taking a great design concept and working out the construction details. Working for a small firm in Vermont provides more opportunities to be involved in every aspect of a project: meeting with clients, concept design, construction documents and working with builders during construction. A successful project requires coordination and solving problems from start to finish. [...]

On lessons and mentors: Steve Fenn

I really love taking a great design concept and working out the construction details. Working for a small firm in Vermont provides more opportunities to be involved in every aspect of a project: meeting with clients, concept design, construction documents and working with builders during construction. A successful project requires coordination and solving problems from start to finish. [...]

On the Joy of Architecture: Daniel J. Pratt

Architecture is like a puzzle with many parts and pieces that need to come together for the big vision. Daniel Pratt shares why he loves solving these puzzles and some of his favorite pieces of the puzzle. [...]

On the Ideal Client: Daniel J. Pratt

Architecture is like a puzzle with many parts and pieces that need to come together for the big vision. Daniel Pratt shares why he loves solving these puzzles and some of his favorite pieces of the puzzle. [...]

On choosing architecture: Steve Fenn

I really love taking a great design concept and working out the construction details. Working for a small firm in Vermont provides more opportunities to be involved in every aspect of a project: meeting with clients, concept design, construction documents and working with builders during construction. A successful project requires coordination and solving problems from start to finish. [...]

RCWA Featured in Builder/Architect Magazine

The roots of Robert Carl Williams Associates trace back to the 1960s and the founding and development of Hawk Mountain in the hills of central Vermont. They have designed upwards of 500 mountainside homes throughout the resort and for many years, and through 1990 they were the exclusive designer for Hawk Mountain. [...]

How to Find the Right Architect for You

Your building or renovating decision is an important one. Make sure that your choice of architect fits you as well as your style of home. Here are some tips to help you find just the right architect. [...]

How to Keep Your Project on Track

The secret to successful projects is good communication between owner and architect. Here’s how you, the owner, can help. Understand what a realistic budget is. The most common failure of a project stems from misconceptions about the budget. What you want, you may not have budgeted for. Make the hard decisions up front in the planning process. [...]

Let Your Architect Complete the Project

The question of performance and follow-through in architecture is the same as any other aspect of life. Without good follow-through a brilliant idea can fail. Not contracting with the architect for follow-up and project inspections can actually cost more in the long run. [...]

Building Your New Home

Congratulations. You’re ready to build a new home. You’ve purchased the land and you’ve got a folder full of ideas you want to incorporate into your home. If you make the right decisions at the start of your project, you can save time and money and get the home you’ll enjoy for years to come. If you don’t, you may be very disappointed with the results. [...]

How You Site Your Home is Important

How you site your home is important. Construction of any type necessarily disrupts the natural environment to varying degrees. Our approach is placement of the home with sensitivity to the surrounding natural world – the boulders, trees and modulations of the earth itself. One of the guiding principles of home siting should be the preservation of trees, not only as beautification of the site itsel [...]

Competitive or Negotiated Bid?

Once you’ve approved a set of plans you’re ready to go to the next step. It’s time to hire the contractor. When entering the bidding process for a contractor, you can do it through competitive or negotiated bidding. This decision often depends on how familiar you are with the local building community. [...]