“You designed that house? I love that house.”
It happens quite often. Prospective clients discover that the addresses they admire most — big or modest, classic or contemporary, Prairie style or Italianate or any style at all — are TEA2 projects.
That’s because we design homes that not only delight the eye, but feel exactly right. These aren’t set pieces; they’re marriages of authenticity, integrity and livability. They’re inspired by history and setting, by the environment, and most of all, by you. We create structures that answer your deepest longings for warmth and intimacy, sunlight and freedom; the right balance of both. Best of all, the beauty and integrity of a TEA2 home continues to reveal itself long after you move in — for decades, even generations.
We’ll work with you the way that’s best for you.
We work with many of our clients from discovery, collaboration and concept all the way through completion. Others choose a design package and essential plans. And still others, something in between. If you’ve already selected a builder, it’s not too late to involve us in the process; you’ll get a design that reflects your unique vision, and a builder that’s grateful for the skill set our firm possesses.
Whether it’s lighting, landscape design, or even cabinetry finish, having a strong architect on board can help the entire team work better, bringing the whole project together more seamlessly. And that collaboration makes us better too. No matter what your style, or your work style, we’ll help you create a home that’s more livable, more lovable, more truly you than you’ve imagined. Through a process you’ll enjoy.
You can leave the details (and the hard conversations) to us.
Life doesn’t stop just because you’re building or renovating a home. Yet, some firms leave it to you to see if the project is progressing on time, within budget, and that no corners are being cut. When you work with TEA2, we can take on that role. We’ve been through the process more times than our clients have, certainly, and more times than most of our competitors. We can be rigorous, sparing you pain and headaches, ensuring you’re happy with the results. Actually, not just happy, but delighted.
“Why not a design-and-build firm? Won’t I save money?”
Yes, but the savings can come at the cost of some of the things you may value. Like a home that’s truly unique and entirely yours. Our homes don’t look like all the others on the block. Yet, they always complement the site, the neighborhood, the landscape—and the other way around. Our designs take it all into consideration: context, environment and you.
And, if you’re not already working with a builder, we can help you find one that best fits your objectives. To that end, we’ll likely ask what’s most important to you: lowest cost, level of skill and craftsmanship, type of relationship? We may suggest that you consider multiple bids to make sure you get the most value for your investment. Because we represent you, you always have an advocate for your interests.
So, how much will it cost?
Probably less than you imagined. You will find we’re more competitive than most of our competitors, even if you choose our most comprehensive services. Here’s why:
For one thing, we have a robust staff that we employ very efficiently. There’s no need to pay senior project manager rates for roles that other support staff (i.e. an architectural technician) can fill more cost effectively. Smaller firms just can’t do that.
Plus, many architects need to bring in a builder early on to provide initial pricing. We don’t. We can use the information we’ve documented from our wide portfolio of projects, providing very realistic budget guidance. That means, if you’re not already working with a builder, you won’t be pre-committed to one firm — which can preserve the opportunity for a competitive bidding process later, helping you understand exactly what’s achievable for your budget.
Our full-service offering can include multiple builder bids and an apples-to-apples cost comparison. Many builders appreciate the clarity of this process and the level playing field it provides; we have strong working relationships with most of the best. Builders are proud to have our homes in their portfolio; as a result, they bid very competitively — and are comfortable doing so. In addition, our thorough construction documents and detailed specifications save builders substantial guesswork (time and costs which would ultimately get passed on to you). Better documents also help eliminate surprises and unanticipated costs, so builders provide more accurate, and often lower, bids.
Relax. Breathe deeply. This is the sane way to a beautiful home.
Asking the right questions is the only way to understand the differences between firms and find the right partner to help create your custom home.
We’re delighted to chat with you, or answer any questions about the TEA2 process.