Design

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Intention

We are resolved to improving the client’s quality of life and health through an inclusive design process. This process is attuned to the client’s inspiration and vision, integrating sustainable practices within the crafted environment.

Integrated Design Process

We are dedicated to the philosophy of positive and respectful integrated design process. We place special emphasis on low environmental impact, energy balance, and resource efficiency -- all of which support the synergistic whole-building lifecycle. Our unique projects reflect and support the client’s vision, while simultaneously enhancing the attributes of quality, durability, and positive environmental contributions

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Environment

Conventional construction industry practices and materials are a major contributor to a current ecological and social crisis. This environmental situation poses wide-ranging threats to our climate and collective health.  Mental and physical toxicity has leached into the built environment through various means; unsustainable design, products, and practices are encouraged by exploitive economics -- at the expense of and disregard for social and environmental wellbeing.  This scenario is further exacerbated through adherence to a national residential building code predicated upon 30-year service standards, and these standards are indifferent to the values of true sustainability.

This untenable condition fosters the imbalanced, poor-quality, and substandard practices and products that have dominated our shelter systems for far too long. We heed an immediate ethical call to corrective action. In order to do so, we must move towards a paradigm reconfiguration rooted in sound practices of sustainable agriculture, building practices, local working landscapes, and intelligent designs.

It is simply not enough to focus on energy efficiency alone; we must reject the use materials and processes with low embodied energy counts, environmental persistence; we must achieve high performance, energy balanced structures that sequester carbon yielding net atmospheric reductions; and in doing so, we must integrate new methodologies with plant-based building systems in such a manner that we greatly exceed conventional expectations for comfort whilst simultaneously.

Education

In our quest to achieve equitable thresholds for healthy people and planet, we must be conscious of balancing ethically and sustainably informed decisions with the project budget. We assign a high priority to educating both client and subcontractor in an effort to attain the best possible balance and outcome for any given project.

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Cooperative Collaboration

We believe patience, understanding, and compassion encourage healthy relationships and positive outcomes. We listen carefully to our clients and project teams, and at the same time we adhere to professional standards of conduct and ethics in an effort to yield success.

At Bellwether Craftsmen, we believe in making connections—connecting designing with building, people with place. We practice a craft that harkens to the centuries-long tradition of master craftsmen—traditional architects that emerged from the experience of building. The ancient greek word arkhitekton breaks down as arkhi ,“chief” and tekton, “builder, carpenter”. Further, the root of tek means “to weave”, or “to fabricate.” Our work, in a broad sense, strives towards this notion: to weave, to bring things together.

Innovation

A deep dedication to sustainable practices instills us with the drive to change the building industry’s standard practices. We seek to initiate change through example and proven methodologies integrating plant-based building systems. This challenge has given us the opportunity for intelligent design solutions with regard to all project aspects. Beginning with schematic concept, through to finished product, we discover creative means -- all in an effort to enhance build quality while maintaining exceptional value-to-cost ratios.

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Building Systems Innovation

Our goal is to be a positive force in anything we do. As a solution-based company, we possess established credentials and experience in both craft and building science, and we foster a culture of positive cooperation. This skill set enhances efficiency, affordability, and quality for all of our projects.

Permaculture and Natural Landscape

Buildings should not be isolated entities assembled in convenient locations. Instead, buildings should be created in harmony with the local surroundings. Considerations such as aspect, exposure, and views are all important priorities that should be balanced with the natural environment.  In our quest for quality results, we hold a deep reverence for, and design integration of, the local environment through low-impact construction processes.

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