Design Farm is a collaborative architecture studio dedicated to sustainable living implemented through design. Sustainable living encompasses every space we inhabit, from homes, offices, restaurants, schools, and hospitals, to emergency shelters in war torn or natural disaster areas. We believe good design can make life better. Our mission is to create spaces that are personalized, community-inspired, fun, budget conscious, environmentally sensitive, sustainable, and humane.
Collaboration is our design methodology. We believe the coordinated efforts among architects, clients, consultants, contractors, and community are integral to the success of every project. As architects and designers it is our duty to be facilitators and translators of clients’ ideas and values into the built form. We believe architecture has the power to represent the aspirations of its time and the specific nuances of each client’s vision while embodying a reverence for place. We encourage sustainable practices on all projects and are fluent in LEED certification. Our objective is not only sustainable design, but communities’ active involvement in the genesis of their own culture. With the homogenization of culture around the globe, it is becoming imperative that communities acknowledge and embrace their unique qualities through the architecture of the built environment.
The work of the firm spans all social classes and building typologies. We currently have projects ranging from a logistics center in Elizabethtown, Kentucky to sustainable school buildings in snowy Idaho to international aid projects for the rebuilding of post-earthquake Haiti to passive solar dream homes on Kentucky horse farms. We are willing to accommodate any design budget, small or large. Our priority is the value added to our world by filling it with good design. We believe good design is a right, not a privilege.
Please contact us if you would like purchase one of our pre-designed homes. Floor plans are available upon request.
WHY HIRE AN ARCHITECT
Extensively trained architects and designers know it is their duty to be facilitators, translating their clients’ ideas and values into the built form. Architects are trained to respond to each client and each building site specifically. Good architects are collaborators and foster the relationship between architectural aesthetics and construction methodologies. Architects have a broad knowledge of construction budgets, materials, future and current market trends, and a deep understanding of the local and national building codes.
Good architects plan for every aspect of a project and perfect everything on paper long before putting that first shovel in the ground. With their deep understanding of local and national building codes, architects will draw your project to meet the current code requirements. Your architect will help you navigate the municipal interface when obtaining building permits and plan a timeline for construction that is realistic with the approval process. Proper documentation during the permitting phase can help you avoid potentially long and costly delays. Prior to construction, your architect will create working drawings and conduct bidding or obtain pricing from the builder of your choice. A detailed set of drawings and specifications will facilitate the budgeting process and help you control the cost of your project, keeping unexpected expenses to a minimum. Builders who don’t have extremely detailed and thorough drawings prior to construction tend to “just figure it out on site”, which can actually increase construction costs, create problems at the interface of multiple systems, wreak havoc on your design intentions and aesthetic goals, and can lead to many other unforeseen costs. We firmly believe that ten hours of planning and designing on paper can save 100 hours in the field.
HEre Are A few Basic Tips
When considering whether or not to hire an architect, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you want your building to be relevant in 5, 10, or 25 years? Ask yourself, how can I make the most of my hard work, time, and money being invested into my building? Ideally, a structure’s spaces should be in high demand long after construction is complete, thus increasing its monetary and cultural capital. Good architects design toward future market trends and are up to date on modern technological innovations.
- Do you need some help managing the construction of your project? Your architect should be your advocate on site to be sure your building is being built as it was designed. They also conduct quality control to make sure your builder and/or subcontractors are not cutting any corners that could be detrimental to the building’s function and performance a few years down the road.
- Do you want your building to make living better? Remember all of the buildings’ users and those impacted by all facets of the project– humans, animals, trees, etc.
- Do you want your project to be picturesque and photogenic? Nothing sells a home, retail space, or any other building type, like a sexy photo of your building. It ought to look good while functioning perfectly.
If you answered “yes” to one or all of these questions, an architect is a good match for you. Good design is critical to every project and hiring a licensed professional architect is the surest path towards a good experience and a great project. True designers and architects drive the innovation process. They look to the future, and they create buildings that will continue to resonate with meaning while maintaining consumer viability. Tremendous value can be added to our world through good design.