Our approach to building is based on our commitment to the preservation of historic buildings and traditional architecture. But we are equally committed to making these structures conform to modern needs and lifestyles. We recognize that space is both essential but also taxing on the environment. That is why we strive to incorporate adequate storage, communal kitchens, common spaces, and private spaces into efficient living environments which can evolve with changing family needs.
We design our material, systems, and construction methods to promote minimal maintenance and maximum comfort. For example, wherever possible we utilize in-floor radiant heat which provides the ultimate in physical comfort – with lower energy costs. Conversely, we avoid oversized 2 story entry foyers. “Building green” is more than a catch phrase for Origin Building – and we devote a entire separate sections to this critical subject.
We seek unique, historic properties and/or building sites for our projects. We expect that existing buildings will require extensive stabilization and rehabilitation. We also expect that new spaces will be necessary to include the amenities that modern families expect and deserve. Without modern kitchens and bathrooms, high performance systems, multi-car garages, and low maintenance materials – people will choose to let these buildings fade from use. Our new structures borrow directly from traditional architecture, but also incorporate state of the art building materials and techniques to capture the best of both worlds. For example, our post & beam barn’s structurally insulated panels (SIPS) ensure that this dramatic 3900 sf home consumes the energy equivalent of a home barely half of its size.