Steven Zahavi Schwartz

[design & consulting]







Available for consulting, design, and building projects:

— Residential remodeling and repair
— Plan sets, permit application assistance

— framing and finish carpentry
— custom woodcraft
— cabinetry and furniture
— artistic tile design and setting
— sound structures/integral instruments
— living roofs
— landscape integration

• ecological design:

— siting and orientation
— appropriate materials
— sensible energy strategies
— water conservation
— habitat enhancement
— design for human comfort and livability

Ecological Design and Building

Crucial ecological design considerations:

• solar orientation

• thermal comfort

• natural light

• airflow

• access to views

• nontoxic, natural materials and building process

Where possible I use materials that are close to their source, salvaged, and hand-fabricated. In addition to conventional light-wood construction, I am experienced with post-and-beam framing, cob, adobe, fiber-adobe, slipstraw, strawbale, natural plaster, and other ecologically based materials and processes.

Creating Sacred Space

I look for ways to integrate the human and non-human worlds through design and building craft—projects that help bring quiet, calmness, activated awareness, focus, beauty, resonance, a momentary glimpse of the ineffable into a person's life:

• spaces for meditation and music

• garden rooms

• stringed instruments and other auditory features

• details that catch light in a way that enlivens space

• attention to acoustics

Ecological perspective is inseparable from design that activates perception and allows for the possibility of sacred experience.

Please email or contact via this website. Thank you.