The process of designing and building a home is a journey very few people get to take. We understand how special—and personal—the experience is, and work diligently to listen to each client, accurately capture goals and aspirations, and then align those goals with the attributes of the building site and environment. Our process aims to drive a fulfilling journey of discovery that brings dreams to life in innovative, elegant and sustainable ways.
We’ll work with you to develop a design response that creatively meets your needs, while taking into account site characteristics and relevant plat and zoning data. Final design schemes will be conveyed to you via hand drawn sketches and/or computer generated design images. Site plans, floor plan(s), elevations and study sections will also be reviewed and discussed.
Framing options, lumber grades, finish materials, window and door styles, lighting designs, appliance and plumbing selection occurs during this exciting phase. Time is allotted for in-depth office or virtual meetings to review drawings and specs.
Once the Design Development Scope of Work is approved (taking into account budget goals and parameters) we will prepare construction documents sufficient to garner firm prices, obtain building permits and initiate work. Engineering specialists will be consulted, as required by building code and/or design considerations.
Project Administration involves a wide variety of tasks undertaken on the client’s behalf to ensure (among other things) that required building and site specialty permits are obtained and that drawings and specifications are followed. Activities during this phase can include job site visits to monitor building process, development of field details, review of contractor’s requests for payment, coordination with consultants and interaction with relevant municipal officials such as planners and building inspectors.
Working together, collaboratively, we will realize our shared goal of an innovative, sustainable, site appropriate design solution. We want your new home or commercial project to meet and exceed your dreams and expectations, and serve your needs for decades to come.Portland Floating Home
“Thanks to Stella and Peter, we have achieved our vision for transforming a 50-year-old family home into a modern dream. They refined and embellished our rather raw vision, adding thoughtful ideas, details, and gorgeous finishes while helping us to retain original charm. And, they have held our hands gently through a sometimes challenging renovation process.”
“We converted one of the Perfect Little House plans to a difficult site plan with challenging permitting issues. We rent our loft apartment on VBRO and have received nothing but 5 star reviews. Stella was very efficient on finishes. If I had another project, I would use them again.”
"We purchased a 1930’s era beach home that had been enlarged and remodeled several times over the years. It was chopped up into awkward rooms and wasted space and was a bit neglected. Stella, Peter and their staff were attentive to our goals and budget and developed an extremely comfortable design that made the best use of every square foot of space. We love our new home and highly recommend BC&J."
"We are incredibly pleased with Peter and Stella's innovative vision and design skills. Our project entailed a complete remodel of our 1954 Everett home. Despite our distance of more than 2,000 miles during the remodel project, Peter and Stella kept in touch, involving us with their plans and adapting them as needed to suit our preferences and budget. And on top of that, they were wonderful to work with."