From measuring existing structures to monitoring construction progress, investigating damp crawl spaces to calculating the precise distance between a utility pole and a back deck, site visits are a necessary, if not always glamorous, part of our design process. 

Architects perform most of our work at our desks, hunched over a set of plans printed on oversized sheets of paper, surrounded by the tools of our trade: straightedges and scales, pens in every color of the rainbow (but especially red), and empty cups containing the last few drops of a late afternoon coffee pick-me-up. 

Site visits are our opportunity to stretch our legs and get to know the buildings we design as not merely the conceptual drawings we so tirelessly pore over and refine, but living organisms with their own story to tell. What we learn with each visit more often than not informs our next steps. As we explore a home’s nooks and crannies, oversee the pouring of a concrete slab, inspect the welding of a custom steel roofline, or peel back layers of old drywall in preparation for construction, a living, breathing structure begins to reveal itself to us, imparting both its rich history and burgeoning future.