PEOPLE, PRINCIPLES, PRODUCTS. IDEAS, INSPIRATION, INGENUITY. COMMUNICATION, CONTRACTS, CONFIDENCE.

We depend on an alphabet soup of resources to assure that we are providing reliable guidance. Get to know our people and see what we’ve achieved and been recognized for. Understand us by understanding the principles that guide us. Discover sources of inspiration for your project. 

TEAM

DESIGN AND BUILDING IS NOT COMPLICATED. COMMUNICATION IS.  

THAT’S WHY WE’VE DESIGNED OUR DESIGN/BUILD PROCESS AROUND COMMUNICATION.

Wolfworks Design/Build system is delivered by a staff of professionals from our Avon office to your job site. Each member of our staff handles and coordinates distinct phases of this process. Together, our efforts assure that every aspect of a project receives the attention required to achieve success.

RECOGNITION & COMMUNITY

GUIDING PRINCIPLES

In our desire to create a home that fits you, your taste, and your budget, understanding the resources the journey requires is as important as knowing the route to follow. To reach our goal of creating a great home for you, we rely on five essential resources. With each of these resources we develop a guiding relationship.

 

We Manage the Team

At the core are members of Wolfworks project and management teams, all dedicated and experienced. This includes the designers and builders who work together at Wolfworks to plan and build your project, as well as those who support those efforts in management and administration. An essential extension of this team are our project partners, the product vendors and trade subcontractors whe we work with again and again. These are the people with whom we communicate easily and can depend upon with confidence. Our job is to manage this team.

We Guide the Client

Every great project is the result of the committed participation of a good client. We want every client to fulfill that role. A project will demand your time and attention, your financial resources, and ultimately some disruption to your life, all in the interest of making your good home great. These commitments require your dedication. Out intention is to cultivate and guide these essential contributions to the project.

We Respect the Environment

We rely on building materials and energy to create a project. Our choices should be guided in part by the opportunity to use materials and energy wisely. This means seeking solutions that make the best use of available space before constructing additional space. It means striving to use energy efficient equipment and construction strategies. It means seeking materials that are durable, safe, and resource efficient . We expect to respect what we use.

We Discover Ideas

Imagination is perhaps our most important resource. In every project we are hoping to discover a set of ideas that will provide the opportunity to make a good home great. We seek ideas about how to use and shape space. We seek ideas that make the best use of our resources, both financial and material. The ideas are ours and the ideas are yours: we seek to make the best use of our combined talents. Along every step of our journey we are joining our imaginations to fulfill the project’s potential.

We Listen to the House

The solutions to nearly all our problems are revealed by paying careful attention to what exists. The light and the views are there waiting. The functional needs and traffic flows dictate what each space must provide. The existing architectural detail, or its lack, suggest stylistic directions and opportunities. In places the house gives; in others it resists. We choose what to fight for. By studying all this carefully, patterns and a plan emerge. If we listen very carefully, the house will tell us what it want to be when it grows up!

INSPIRATION

When planning a project, we seek ideas and inspiration from many sources. In addition, we need good practical information about the products and techniques we end up choosing to include in each project. Where do we look and what can we learn?

The web offers hundreds of useful (and not so useful!) sites. The hardest part may be making sense of all you may discover and learn there. This is where our experience helps put that knowledge in perspective. The many “shelter” magazines, both for the public and the trade, still provide a steady feast of images and ideas. Use these to get a feel for the look you’re attracted to, see new products, and get a feel for current design trends. A trip to a bookstore or library can provide hours of browsing on both general and specialized topics, some you may even choose to own (and many are in our library). Of course you can find these online as well.

We often begin by looking together at images and products that you’re attracted to from these sources to guide the look and feel of your project. Here are a few places to start.


 

Websites

The web is an aggravating, but ultimately incredible information resource. Less satisfying as a source for images, it excels at locating specific resources and gathering information. As with many web searches, the trick is often to filter out all the excess to find truly worthwhile information. We have had both good and bad experiences with information and products located on the web. We value whats available but are cautious about relying on unknown vendors, preferring reliable local resources.

The best place to lose hours looking at great projects for ideas and inspiration. Create and share your “Ideabook.”
This is the clearinghouse for the best practices and emergent thinking taking place in this robust field. It’s what opens in my browser every morning. Probably the most reliable source online.
OK. There are dozens of these sites. This is a good and reliable all purpose place to browse for building products. At least start here.
Joe DeRisi is a hero. He will carefully deconstruct projects and has a host of salvaged materials available.
We work with their programs to do initial audits and to align with their variety of rebate programs. They also sponsor the CT Zero Energy Challenge, which we have won twice!

 

Books

A trip to any bookstore with a large Architecture or Home Design section offers the opportunity to browse your way toward an understanding of what appeals to you, and perhaps why. There are books on every style, project type, technique, and design philosophy. The volume can be overwhelming, and may likely be as confusing as it is informative. We will be your guide in sorting out all you’ve seen, and perhaps brought home or ordered online. We’ll work with you to make sense and order of the many directions these books offer.

inside_notsoInside the Not So Big House is one in the series of popular books by Sarah Susanka and features a Wolfworks project celebrating attention to detail and craft.

barefoot-homeThe Barefoot Home celebrates a favored style of living. Author Marc Vassalo does a great job revealing that we are often happiest and most at ease in relaxed living spaces.

NSBRNot So Big Remodeling is another of Sarah Susanka’s invaluable guides. This one features five of our projects!

Screen Shot 2015-09-01 at 11.01.17 AMNet Zero Buildings, Passive House & Renewables This e-Book is a great survey of the many inspiring passive house projects around the country achieving net zero performance

Magazines

There was a time when print was the prime source for design ideas; shelter magazines built around just about every design style, reader interest, and budget range. We still encourage you to use magazines to discover project features you’d like to include in your project. Mark images with even a single feature that you like. We’ll use these images to understand your taste and expectations as we seek to include these features in your project. Here are a couple we like.

FineHomebuildFine Homebuilding looks at the craft of building with features on both projects, techniques, tools and materials. The technical focus is oriented to the trade and homeowner with a deeper interest in building and residential architecture. Their annual home issue and periodic feature issues are always inspiring.

dwellDwell seeks to capture contemporary attitudes toward living and creating spaces. Its a great place to get a fresh feel for what’s being done today, along with the people and ideas that are influencing these trends.

AmBungalowAmerican Bungalow is about a style that is warm and inviting and for many, evokes the feeling we want from a home. While the style might not suit every house, there’s a lot to learn from this classic American approach to home.


LEARN MORE FROM THESE BLOG POSTS


Discovery. Design. Craft. Performance. We have a host of blog posts about topics in each of these domains. And we are regularly adding new ones. Here is a random sampling of the ideas and thinking that goes into the creating homes that fulfill our mission. Better Home. Better Life.


 

They have a great deal of pride in their work and it shows.  The way Jamie talked about the project with us made us feel that he understood our goals.

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