We are! A Design-Build studio is a mash-up of architects, designers, artists, fabricators, and builders. So in addition to all the things a typical architecture firm does, like design, specifying products, permit drawings, and working with contractors; we also physically make things for our projects within our in-house shop and actually participate in the construction directly. Some projects we'll just be the architects, most projects we'll create some wonderful custom elements for within our own shop in addition to being the architects, and some we build the entire thing. On larger projects we team up with our network of trusted fabricators and general contractors as needed to get the project done. We architects who also build!
So you guys can make just about anything?
Just about! For the few things we cannot make at our in-house shop, we pull upon our wide network of other great local professionals, artists, and fabricators.
How does Because We Can differ from a typical Architecture or Interior Design firm?
While we are architects, we contrast with typical Architecture or Interior Design firms in several ways. Firstly, we actually help build what we design. A typical design firm only handles the design of a project, and leaves all the building to others. Sadly, this limits their understanding of real costs and timelines of the things they design, and sometimes steers a typical design towards less interesting but simpler solutions that may not really meet their client's needs. Because we help build the project, it gives us more flexibility, lets us be more creative, gives us more control over risk and cost, and lets us deliver like no other architecture or interiors firm can.
How does Because We Can differ from a typical construction firm or Contractor?
A typical Contractor usually only handles the construction of the project. A contractor won't want to take on the risk of doing something more creative, as that can create unknown challenges and difficult to bid. Most Contractors also don't have access to the technology we do, making it expensive and difficult for them to build anything custom and complex. While we're not contractors, we work very well with them when they are needed for a project, enabling them to deliver much more than they typically could before.
So you're like peanut butter and chocolate together?
As a Design-Build studio we feel that we can provide the best of both the design and the construction worlds, while minimizing the downsides of each. Because we design and help build the project ourselves, it allows us to break the project into smaller 'chunks' which can happen in parallel to each other. This allows for your project to happen much faster, as well as giving more control over the budget and schedule. Having the project in small, incremental phases keeps you in the loop about where your money is going, when the project will be done, and generally gives you more control.
What sort of clients do you work with most the time?
People just like you! Our clients are a wide range from individuals to non-profits to both small and large businesses. You can check out our past client page here.
What is the source of Because We Can's super-powers?
You can read all about that here, for we post our business plan online.
Why should I hire Because We Can?
Because we're committed to turning our world into a more interesting place by making great things for great people. Our people and new way of working lets us deliver completely unique projects that fit your needs better. Projects that make you or your business more happy and productive, and that directly incorporate your ideas and dreams. All while maintaining reasonable time frames and budgets. Also, we're a lot of fun to work with!