Partnering with Architects
Independent Architect, Empowered Client
For Hammer & Hand, project development is a collaborative process between architect, builder, and client to design and construct the best response to the project’s program. Unlike the single-source “design-build” model that tucks design functions behind builders’ walls, our approach is to partner with independent architects in an open process that provides clients with two advocates rather than one.
This means that the project itself gets three advocates – the architect, the builder, and the client – each independently empowered to champion a unique set of advocacies critical to project success.
The Architect – Advocates for the way a project’s spaces work and interact with one another, its volumetrics, and its aesthetics.
The Builder – Advocates for durability and safety, cost containment, and building efficiency.
The Client – Advocates for their needs now and in the future, financial realities, and for all the ways they want the building to serve them.
We bring these advocacies around one table to craft a building design that is greater than the sum of its parts. The dynamic push-and-pull of these advocacies establishes the creative space to find the best solutions: ones that satisfy budget, aesthetics, and buildability all at once.
WE’LL GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS
While many clients come to us with an architect already selected, many do not. As an experienced collaborator we can guide you through the entire process of your project, from dreaming to architect selection to construction to project completion. We have relationships with a large cadre of diverse and talented architects, so we can connect you with one whose aesthetic, personality, schedule, and budget are the right fit for your project.
“I would recommend Hammer & Hand without hesitation.”
“We love our ‘new’ home and are extremely happy with the high quality workmanship.”
“From the beginning we knew we were working with great people.”
“I’m so happy with all the work you did with the Doug fir. It’s like artwork to look at.”
“You were so responsive throughout the process, and were reliable and thorough. The end result is beautiful.”
“It’s wonderful to have Hammer & Hand’s stamp on the house!”
“I am so pleased with every aspect of working with H&H.”
“The quality of the workmanship is outstanding.”
“The Hammer & Hand team was easy to communicate with and they stayed in touch with us during the construction project. We highly recommend them.”
“I can’t thank you enough for getting our project done right and so quickly!”
“We love our new bathroom and know our little one will, too.”
“My husband and I are delighted with our new table. It is beautiful, as promised and perfect in every way.”
“We are extremely pleased with the work H&H has done.”
“Oh my gosh… the house is so warm!! We keep turning the heat down, isn’t that cool!”
“We have the most beautiful basement in all of Portland (and beyond!) thanks to all of you.”
“Everyone on the job has been so professional, responsible, respectful of the house and garden and friendly.“
“The work looks GREAT. I’m so happy. Our experience was fabulous.”
“We’re really glad we went with Hammer & Hand. We really love our new kitchen.”
“We are very happy with our new storefront. Your team was remarkable – professional, timely, and great to have here in the office.”
“We continue to refer H&H with pride and confidence.”
“At every turn, your guys brought it.”
“This new space, way of living in a home, and expression of craftsmanship and design make us proud.”
“When the last finish is finished and the last nail is hammered I will know that our home was built with great talent and a lot of heart.”
“H&H employees are creative & smart, their project managers approachable & resourceful, and their work careful & precise.”
“You are rock stars! I love my new stuff. Sometimes I just sit and stare at it because it’s so gorgeous.”
“They matched the style perfectly, down to every piece of molding.”
“You helped us through our remodel with love…a testament to your professionalism and quality of work.”
“Your employees are the best, professional, courteous and willing to go beyond the call of duty.”
“H&H are true craftspeople who take pride in their work, and it shows in the finished product.”
“We would highly recommend them to any homeowner contemplating a major remodeling project.”
“You have not only built our dream home, but also made the experience a pleasure.”
“The craftsmanship exceeded my expectations and actually delivered slightly below budget, which amazed me.”