architecture
BYGEORGE

more than design

We believe in the power of architecture

We are a boutique residential professional services firm based in Austin, Texas. We are passionate about what we do, because we know that the house you live in shapes your life - your lifestyle, your mood, your pride, and your relationships with the people who share your space. How it is built affects your comfort and health, and therefore, your quality of life. It most likely is your biggest investment. Certainly, if you invest in it and love what you build, it will serve you a lifetime, and become your legacy. We want to be a part of that story of your life.

Services We Offer

Design

We provide comprehensive design services that includes site planning, architectural design of the house and accessory buildings, interiors, pool/spa, hardscape, landscape, pier/boat-dock, and all other elements, so that your project comes together through a unified vision under our leadership.

Project Management

To ensure that your project is a success. Project management is the oil that keeps your project/ machine running on track. Delivered through a process that we developed to help us manage the project, coordinate the project team, and maintain project schedule - from initiation through all phases of design and construction to move-in.

Consulting

Apply our knowledge and skills to your project. For those times when you need an expert's opinion or just a little extra help. Let us do the heavy lifting on specific tasks while you take care of the rest.

On The Boards

Work In Progress

What we do best

Custom Design

We design customized solutions that are site-specific, responsive to climate, and tailored to the client’s unique needs, desires, and aesthetic style. We integrate multiple design disciplines so that they inform each other to result in a cohesive whole. We value creativity, functionality, constructability, and beauty.

High-Performance Homes

We harness our deep knowledge of green building to offer passive and active strategies to meet performance goals. We use our specialized expertise in modern building technologies and latest building science to design homes that are energy-efficient, livable, healthy, durable, and low-maintenance.

Project Management

We guide our clients through the complicated process of designing and building a custom home. We ask pertinent questions, anticipate issues, manage expectations, coordinate the team, and provide counsel. We take the stress and anxiety out of the process. We have experience managing luxury homes with sophisticated amenities, infrastructure, and complex systems. We have worked on projects in Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, Houston, and surrounding areas. Therefore, we are intricately familiar with the challenges, restrictions, and opportunities that each present.

Collaboration

We recognize that building a custom house is a collaborative process and that putting together the right team of professionals is important to the success of the project. We believe that the contributions of the interior designer, landscape architect, structural engineer, and other consultants help consolidate the vision for the project. We take pride in well-constructed homes. We know that the contractors, artisans, and craftsmen who bring the design to life leave an indelible imprint on the project – which is why we think of the builder as a core team member. We like to have the builder on board early in the process (during schematic design) to establish an estimate and validate the scope of work.

Testimonials

Sharon George was the Project Manager and Project Architect for the design of our Hill Country Home.  Her attention to design detail was superb and Sharon’s field reports were as good as I have seen on multi-billion dollar projects.  However, the attribute my wife and I appreciated most were her listening skills.  She listened intently and asked probing questions to ensure she understood our wishes.  It was a pleasure working with Sharon on the design and construction of our home.

Mike Rieken

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