Every project is unique, and the service we deliver varies with each client's needs. Most often, our work includes project design, assistance with planning reviews (when required), coordination of consultants, preparation of permit documents, bid documents, assistance in negotiating a fair construction contract, and guidance during the construction phase. In other cases, we provide only design services and perhaps a simplified set of permit documents. We work closely with each of our clients to review their specific needs in order to develop a custom design that reflects the client's personal tastes. The process includes several alternative designs that result in a solution that encompasses the client's preference and budget. By keeping our office small, we are able to work closely with each of our clients. A team of talented specialists is assembled for each project from our network of interior experts, structural and civil engineers, landscape architects, and other consultants as appropriate. By providing interior design as well as architectural design, each project has continuity throughout.


The residential design and building or remodeling process should be fun and as successful as possible for all concerned. After all, your home is extremely important and represents a substantial investment. Our goal is to guide you through the design and construction process and help you create a home that you and your family will cherish for years to come.


Rick Kattenburg is a “Certified Green Building Professional.” As licensed architects trained with an emphasis in environmental design and knowledge of passive solar design principles, we bring over 35 years of practical experience to creating sustainable architecture. As much of our work is “renovation,” we are the epitome of “recycling” experts, bringing longer life to older structures while reducing their carbon footprint. We regularly partner with non-profit recycling companies to bring tax credits to our clients while finding new homes for discarded materials that might have otherwise ended up in a landfill. For us, Green is just one of many elements we incorporate into our designs.


Our firm's approach of blending the "Project Team" concept with the direct involvement of the principal, Mr. Kattenburg, as the project architect, has yielded an architectural service producing handsomely designed projects, on budget, on time, and to the total satisfaction of our clients. Economic sustainability must underpin any commercial venture. Kattenburg Architects' approach ensures a complete consultancy package from initial inception to planned maintenance and accounting of the buildings performance. From its beginning, the firm has delivered personal attention to clients regardless of the scale of the project or scope of work. Kattenburg Architects works with its clients to identify design alternatives and to establish criteria for value engineering. On commercial projects, the firm works with local decision makers and community groups during planning to define user needs and establish comprehensive program requirements. Early in the design phase, several conceptual schemes are presented to clearly illustrate alternative solutions and to direct the team towards its ultimate objective. Attention to detail and the importance of specific environmental constraints are paramount in Kattenburg Architects design philosophy. We strive to create architectural design that will be pleasing and functional to its users now and well into the future. Whether new construction or renovation of an existing building, our philosophy is based on the principle that each client's need whether grand or modest, is unique and deserving of our prompt undivided attention.