We provide building design services for residential and commercial projects.
Home is where the heart is, and we respect that. We promote liveable, unique buildings that endure, and that's responsive to both the inhabitants and the environment. Our residential design process is best described as artisanal, approaching home design as craft. We balance the functional, technical, and aesthetic to design solutions for you.
Commercial design often involves cutting through red tape, but you can't forget who you're designing for: people. This requires a subtle understanding of human relationships, both private and public. So, whether it's an retail space or a community/public space, we handle the complex project management and creative building design.
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Beyond design services, we provide site research and planning, feasibility studies, and permitting assistance. If you have a special request, let us know. We happily partner with other skilled designers and consultants to extend our services or complete a team. We can manage the team, so you don't have to worry about coordinating more people.
Who we are
Twig and Beam is a building design practice focused on residential and small scale commercial projects. It's "we" because Micheal Lentz, the principal designer, brings together a team of specialized consultants for each project, and then leads that team to deliver a unified design solution for you. This creative, tenacious project management comes from over a decade of residential and commercial design experience, as well as significant actual building experience. We are determined to help get good buildings on the ground, and we do this by blending intuitive design sense with construction know-how. Micheal is a 2001 graduate of the University of Washington's School of Architecture, studying both in Seattle and abroad at Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule in Aachen, Germany.
About our name
The name Twig and Beam was chosen carefully. The pairing of Twig and Beam represents the delicate juxtaposition of fragility and strength. While a twig and a beam are opposites in strength, size, and scale, it's this juxapostion that heightens our awareness and awe of the world. We consider this when we design buildings...from understanding the position of a building in the landscape or neighborhood, down to the smallest detail — aesthetic or structural.
- LEED accredited
- A Nature Conservancy member
- Follower of the Congress of Residential Architects
- An active supportor of the Duwamish River Cleanup Coalition