Archer Building Group, Inc.

Describe the project.

This brand-new Spanish stunner is a very special project—we had trouble picking just four photos to share! Check out our Instagram for more. We worked closely with Joseph Spierer Architects and DISC Interiors to marry this modern California Spanish home with traditional charm. We were involved in this project from day one of design. Because the client brought us into the design process off the bat, we were able to value-engineer this home—bringing costs in line with budget and allowing us to brainstorm creative modes of construction and make the project collaborative from the start. 

This home has some unique qualities that made it extra fun to build. We used reclaimed beams and tongue-and-groove ceilings throughout the living spaces and tons of archways to add traditional style and warmth. The stackable Kolbe doors that lead to the logia, casita and pool area take advantage of south-facing natural light. Our craftsmanship is in the details: seamless transitions between floor styles, different design materials melded together, and custom finish work and cabinetry throughout. To top it off, our clients were a joy to work with!

How do you help clients stay updated?

I’ve always wanted to say this: We have an app for that! We invested early on in a personalized cloud-based app that provides real-time updates to clients for all aspects of their projects: budgets, photos, billing, schedules, changes, specifications and plans. We often hear “you’re so organized!” from clients, and a lot of that has to do with the way we can present information. It never takes the place of face-to-face contact, but it does streamline the process and make everything easy to find at the touch of a button.

What are clients looking for with home automation?

The main components people are looking to automate are lights, window treatments, thermostat and TV/media. The most important feature is that it is user-friendly. There are a lot of comprehensive systems out there that are becoming standard installations for most of our new homes.

Tell us about the value of collaboration.  

It’s absolutely invaluable! The components of your building team are like parts of a body, and we each do our part to make the whole project work. Creating a solid team that works well together is the most important part of a successful project. Our favorite projects are those where we are involved for months prior to the first hammer being swung. We offer input to the owner and design team on the cost and constructability of a project during the design phase in order to ensure that expectations are set properly and then met. In turn, we also invite the design team out to the project site regularly during construction to ensure the vision is being met. 

Photographed by Siri Berting (headshot) & Lauren Taylor (project)