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

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.

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.

Building Science

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

Structural Engineering

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

local, earth-friendly, non-toxic

Green Specifications

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

logos for certification

Certification

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

Lighting

Lighting Design

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

Green energy

Green Energy Grants/ Tax Credits

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

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.

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.

Feng Shui

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

 

 

CONSTRUCTION

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).

Local wood cabinetry.

Cabinet Shop

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

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.

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.

Straw bale construction

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.

Healthy Home

Gardeners/ Landscapers

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

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

 

 

Workshops

Bill Hutchins leads a variety of playful and reflective workshops throughout the year. You can discover the process of creating a home in union with a place, explore your unique internal image of home, and find ways to articulate your insights and impulses.

Workshops can be adapted to your needs and are available at individual and group level. If you would like to participate, please get in touch with bill@heliconworks.com or call 301.404.5578.

Green roofs

Ecologically Sensitive Architecture

Learn to create a nurturing and beautiful home which provides refuge as it places you in harmony with the land.

An experiential, playful and reflective workshop exploring ecological practices through a series of creative exercises. If you are looking to remodel, add onto or build new and you would like to learn more about how this can be achieved through ecological and green building practices, this is the workshop for you.

Summer bed on exterior porch with fan and natural ventilation.

Ways of Dwelling

This workshop explores the dialogue between our inner Home – our life’s journey to wholeness – and our physical home, to create Soul Nurturing Spaces. It is part of Bill’s Dwelling: A Way Home project.

By working with poetic images of Home through creative and meditative exercises, participants deepen the way they live in their home by revealing life-giving impulses they can embody in their home. We also consider ways of living in our home – as sailing – where the vessel we live in can put us in more intimate relationship with the life we want to live into.

For more information and to attend the next Dwelling workshop.

workday workshops

Workdays

We usually have a few local projects under construction featuring a variety of natural and/or ecological building. Get in touch with Bill for current opportunities to work for a day in exchange for learning about these building techniques.

You can also take a tour of his home which embodies many of the principles and services we provide at Helicon Works Architects.