Services

Helicon Works Architects offers a full range of services from Design & Documentation through to Construction. We provide the expertise necessary to design an ecologically sensitive home with renewable energy systems, efficient lighting, storm water and regenerative landscapes, and green interiors. Whether you are looking to create a home to Passivhaus, LEED or Living Building Challenge standards, or go through the certification process, our collaborative will help you through every step of the process.

Our collaborative is made up of architects, renewable energy experts, natural builders, lighting designers, metal craftsmen, interior designers, landscape designers and other professionals who can provide solutions to your every need throughout the process.

Bill also leads workshops to help participants create ecologically sensitive homes or explore their unique vision of Home. If you would like to participate or attend a workday for some hands-on learning of natural building techniques, please get in touch with bill@heliconworks.com.

DESIGN & DOCUMENTATION

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Ecologically Sensitive Architecture

We help our clients create a home that uniquely deepens their relationships with their loved ones and the land on which they dwell.

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Building Science

We fully analyze all building components to ensure solid construction that responds to the demands of climate.

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Renewable Energy Systems

We offer an energy analysis of your existing home, design a comprehensive renewable energy system and provide guidance toward creating low or net-zero energy homes.

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Structural Engineering

Our licensed engineer will ensure your home is built to the highest standards.

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Green Specifications

We source all materials and components as locally, earth-friendly and non-toxic as are available.

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Certification

We provide both LEED and Living Building Challenge certification. Regardless of certification, all our projects go deeper than LEED.

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Lighting Design

Our lighting consultant will ensure you have an enlivening quality of light, provided by the most energy-efficient systems available.

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Green Energy Grants/ Tax Credits

We can coach you to take advantage of all available options and provide any documentation necessary.

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Storm Water Management & Regenerative Landscapes

Our landscape architect can conduct a full biological/ ecological analysis to design landscapes that are regenerative to all inhabitants. We consider water an essential resource and can design net-zero water homes and gardens that collect and use all available water on site only. Our garden plans specialize in native and edible plantings.

We work closely with clients to support your creating the right feeling/ atmosphere for your home, including exploration of various materials, finish and furnishing options, all in keeping with green criteria for a healthy home.

Interior Design

We work closely with clients to support your creating the right feeling/ atmosphere for your home, including exploration of various materials, finish and furnishing options, all in keeping with green criteria for a healthy home.

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Feng Shui

Intuitive energy flow is intrinsic to our work, and we offer full feng shui charting/ analysis.

 

 

CONSTRUCTION

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Construction Management

We offer managers who coordinate all aspects of the building of your home without the markup of a general contractor. They work independent of Helicon Works Architects (we don’t mark up their fee).

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Cabinet Shop

We build our client’s cabinets and millwork using local wood and non-toxic finishes.

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Urban Logging

We collect storm or otherwise felled trees and mill them for use in our cabinet shop and for other wood applications.

We work with Marcus Sims at www.treincarnation.com.

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Steel Fabricators

Our steel shop can create any component for your home; we advocate using less wood for exterior components (it rots) and recommend steel for railings, balconies, trellises, etc.

To see more of Pat’s work, www.salvagingcreativity.com.

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Natural Builders

We do many projects with straw bale and natural plasters, and have two master natural builders who can help you build your home.

We work with Mollie Curry and Steve Kemble at www.mudstrawlove.com.

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Gardeners/ Landscapers

We can design and install any garden components, including ponds and hardscaping.

We work with Beth Knox at www.greenerthangreen.net.