Our firm specializes in the Design and Building of amazing urban retreats and Vacation Homes throughout the US, and limited work overseas. Commissions have included a tree house that much like Swiss Family Robinson was designed to look as if it was salvaged from a sailboat.
One current development is Cedar Point on Lake Livingston. This large gated community offers amazing waterfront homes with great open water views and is where we are creating a old coastal feeling community using modern techniques.
Our design staff is equally comfortable working with our own construction crews or remote with yours. We have been very successful in capturing the essence of a lot maximizing the views while working around the challenges.
In Laguna Beach we created a four story home where due to local building codes the home could not extend but one story above the roadway. Since the client wanted a much larger home we were able to create the space by going down giving the appearance of the home "hanging" from the canyon wall offering amazing views and some real mystery for guests.
Our belief is that when properly designed a home looks indigenous to the property as if its always been there or at least should have been.
We adopted the thought of energy efficient sustainable homes long before the modern green movement became so popular and build homes as if we were going to live in them ourselves.
While we have received many awards and been written up in numerous magazines the greatest honor we have is our current clients, recommending us to their friends. President Charles Von Schmidt has also published several articles and books on design if you would like to obtain copies for yourself please see our website or a local book store. The most recent book is "Your Home- Elements of Design. We would be honored to take the journey together with you to design your new home.
The firm is headquartered on Lake Livingston and hour north of Houston, Texas.
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Livingston, Houston Texas
Graduate Master Builder
Certified Aging in Place Specialist
Certified Green Professional
Numerous Design Awards including Best of Houzz 2013 for design.
Several Magazine feature articles and Covers