Craftsmanship is critical to all stages of construction, from sitework through roofing and even landscape. Executed thoughtfully, the simplest of materials take on a noble form.
Craftsmanship is not a budget option, but a way of working that many tradespeople have adopted as an M.O.--and these are the people we seek to collaborate with.
This 30' bridge was a key design element from early in the Oak Hill Drama Center's conception, and it was recognized that sloping the bulkheads to receive the bridge ends would help nestle the footing into the landscape, so as to feel both supported and connected. However, the additional taper of the bulkhead away from the bridge's edges was essential to its outcome, and that modification was noticed and promoted during the construction phase thanks to extensive collaboration across the AEC spectrum.
This Japanese soaking tub (ofuro) required infill at the ends, which we chose to do with bamboo and Port Orford Cedar to match the tub. The cedar step over the rock bed is what conceals the central drain.
Craftsmanship requires vision, effort, and a caring approach, but the rewards consistently exceed the expenditure. It is important to all mediums--whether it's an Arts and Crafts metal detail or electrical panel wiring--as one of the best ways to create lasting work that can be both appreciated and serviceable. The following metals were crafted especially for the owner's of the Summer Lake Residence to enjoy.
In concrete, I have pushed the elimination of control joints in slabs on many projects by using a variety of curing techniques and mix designs, but it was not until hand mixing very dry concrete that I could take that to the next level for smaller finish elements--even 2-1/4" thin countertops featuring cantilevers.