BC&J Architecture provides innovative, sustainable and site responsive solutions to architectural challenges large and small. Leading a staff of talented architects, project manners and building code experts, husband and wife founders Stella Carosso and Peter Brachvogel, AIA, guide each BC&J project from start to finish—a model perfected over thirty years in the business.
The BC&J team is expert at creating design solutions that reflect a client’s needs and desires, work within pre-determined budget parameters, and take into account environmental and neighborhood conditions and concerns. Since our founding in 1988 we’ve created hundreds of successful designs for projects of all sizes.
BC&J offers cost-effective design consulting to buyers and sellers interested in determining how a property might be modified or upgraded and the potential cost of such changes. Land use and sales enhancement consulting often involves a detailed site review which examines a property’s attributes and limitations.
We frequently work with clients seeking to understand the sustainability of a building or property. With decades of experience using enduring, environmentally-friendly materials, and a broad knowledge of sound building practices, BC&J is well positioned to guide clients in this area.
With an extensive background in neighborhood planning and urban design, the BC&J team has the skills necessary to help potential buyers assess land and existing buildings prior to purchase. We’re also adept at guiding clients through each phase of planning, design and construction.
BC&J Principals Peter Brachvogel, AIA and partner Stella Carosso founded the Perfect Little House Company with the belief that building the perfect home is not only possible, but affordable, too. Whether you’re a young family, a first-time homebuyer, a couple ready to downsize or a builder seeking to design a welcoming community, the Perfect Little House Company has dozens of thoughtfully-conceived plans to choose from.Visit PLHC Website
Our building site is a demanding waterfront lot that presented BC&J with a list of challenges that required unique structural and design solutions. They rose to the occasion and designed a structure that is situated on complex slopes, conforms to specific view covenants, and makes the most out of water and mountain views. Unique architectural features include expansive decks supported by steel fins instead of posts or columns, extra-long roof soffits over the decks and a unique glass-top pergola at the entry. The pleasing roof lines are part of a design that is “topped off” with a clerestory above the main living area. The interior design is warm and friendly, oriented to the view and includes finishing touches like Hemlock ceilings and stucco fireplaces. We totally love it!
“BC&J is comprised of an extremely innovative team excelling in both contemporary and traditional design. We have had the pleasure of working with them for years and are constantly impressed how they work with light and space. Homeowners looking to place their trust in a highly talented and EASY to work with firm, will do well to turn to Peter and his firm.”
“We engaged BC&J to create Conceptual Real Estate Office design and presentation to design review board. This project did not go forward as we determined it was not feasible due to City Hall restrictions.
BC&J were well informed very precise and creative in their design and demonstrated a good rapport with City Officials.
We would not hesitate to recommend BC&J for community planning and design and Architectural services.”
“We hired BC&J to design a 2200 sqft workshop which would sit comfortably on a narrow lot and blend in with the other buildings on the site. Peter listened carefully to the design objectives for the outside of the building and since the interior was a bit out of their wheelhouse, a woodworking shop, the team took careful notes for my exact specifications. The project turned out beautifully and we were able to speed through a rather demanding permitting process. We would hire them again and recommend.”
“Extension of new wing on existing home with complete renovation of existing home. A project of approximately two years. The firm performed all architectural work, on site review, invoice review of contractor invoices. All work was turned around in a timely manner. The lead architect was always available for consultations, advice and general problem solving. I always appreciated the honest opinion presented in meetings and discussions. Recommend the firm.”
“I have enjoyed watching BCandJ over the last couple of decades come up with architectural designs which are always relevant to the time, place and client yet always done in a fresh and inspired way. Peter and Stella and their team understand the big picture in terms of the context of a particular project and then infuse it with wonderful details that come from’out side the box’. Love them!”
“We hired BC&J Architecture to remodel a home on Bainbridge, WA. Peter and Stella did an amazing job creating a home that is just perfect for us. Peter had an overall view with ideas I hadn’t even thought of and Stella was exceptional at fine tuning details. Stella is also very talented with colors and floor plans. They are very easy and a pleasure to work with. They did a great job working within our budget. They worked well with the builders and provided necessary plans on a timely manner. I would highly recommend this team of talented architects.”