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CTA Transitions to Architecture and Interiors Firm

We’d like to announce that we’ve recently closed down the construction arm of our business in order to become a full architecture and interiors firm. It’s been a difficult decision; we’ve been building our own design projects for over 25 years and have enjoyed working with many skilled, dedicated, and wonderful carpenters and craftspeople. The time has come for us to focus fully on delivering excellence in our architectural practice, which has always been our primary passion. With such long experience as builders, we bring deep and practical knowledge to inform our architectural efforts; we understand constructability issues and have a good sense of costs.  Over the years, we have forged relationships with many other excellent builders, and can advise in finding the right contractor for your project early in the design process. One of our main goals as your architect is to assemble the best team to make your project a complete success, from start

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South Seattle Shipping Container Office

  Two shipping containers are getting a new life in Georgetown - as a backyard office for our busy client! This project has been a long time coming, but it didn't originally start out as a container structure. We first studied it as a garage remodel, but seismically unstable soil conditions prevented following through on this approach. We needed something that was intrinsically sound. This project is driven by material reuse, living small, and building green. There exists a backyard garage/shed original to the 1928 house that the “remodel” scheme originally looked at building over with a timber "exo-skeleton", and a “new” scheme replaced it entirely. But we needed to find a more economical, resourceful, geotechnically-stable, and environmentally-friendly option, and shipping containers hit the mark! Without the need for siding, roofing, or structure, this project saves three large budget numbers right off the bat; it even comes with flooring if you purchase a

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Contemporary Washington Cabin

We’re very excited to see construction start on our latest vacation home! This family retreat sits high on a bluff looking over mountains, vast orchards and vineyards in every direction. Our architectural design takes advantage of unobstructed southern exposure, which also provides the best view of the austere scenery. Huge folding glass doors connect the great rooms (living areas, dining and kitchen) to the views and outdoors, flanked by a bedroom wing on one side, and garage and studio on the other. This configuration creates an outdoor patio space that is sheltered from frequent strong winds, framing the spectacular views. In such a vast landscape that sees extreme weather variance, we felt the architecture of this house should be low and close to the ground, incorporating elements that withstand high winds, beating sun, and heavy snows. Materials are simple and natural, allowing the structure to blend into its surroundings: stained wood,

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CTA Presenting at the Monthly "Ask An Architect" Seminar!

Dreaming about a home design project and not sure where to start? Wondering how to make the most of your budget? Curious about green design or how to plan for your family’s changing needs? Buzz and another colleague will be presenting the ASK AN ARCHITECT seminar on Sat morning July 14. This is a terrific information seminar geared towards home-owners who want to learn how an architect can assist and bring value to the process of designing and building a new home, addition, or remodel. The presentation walks you through the entire process - start to finish - and helps demystify what may seem like a frightening endeavor to many! If you can't make in July, there are several other seminars, happening every month through the fall. If you, or anyone you know might be interested, please pass the word around! And if you can’t make the November date, sign up for a later

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