Carl Colson | Architect
Residential and Mixed-use Design
Classic residential design delivered with friendly, personal service by a Seattle architect who has been helping people like you create beautiful, enduring spaces for living for over 35 years. Known for his hands on approach to creating living environments that feel like home, Carl Colson has a knack for producing designs that delight residents, not to mention the builders and developers whose single family homes and multi-family residential developments profit from his appealing designs.
Skill in managing the design process and at discovering design opportunities have been developed in a 35 year career designing very successful projects of many different types and sizes. These skills provide you with functional and appealing designs for your building and site design projects, whether they are single family, multifamily, or mixed-use projects.
Passion. Innovation. Attention To Detail.
Carl has an inherent sense of design elements, functionality, beauty, and precision. His designs are practical, yet innovative. He knows how to maximize a site and how to work positively and creatively within physical, economic, and regulatory constraints. His designs have what I refer to as the “Ahhhh” factor. They are intuitive and pleasing to the eye; they are interesting, but feel natural and “right”.
In 20 years of developing and building projects, the architect I have enjoyed working with the most has been Carl Colson. His plans are the most complete and extremely thorough. I use Carl exclusively for all of my projects, including a multi-family townhome project of 101 homes, 40 townhomes in Sedro Wooley, and 54 single-family detached homes in a mixed-use community.
Carl has always met the project deadlines, is very creative, and open minded about suggestions. Every one of my staff, including the field crews, has spoken very highly of Carl’s work – I have recommended Carl in the past and will continue to recommend him.
I have lived in a Cascade Cottages townhouse for the past year and a half, and I just love it. The entire space is thoughtfully designed and beautifully built. It’s clear Carl Colson understood what makes a beautiful home: spacious rooms, functional design and attention to detail.
Carl’s designs are amazing and get the most for the client. He thinks about site design, exterior designs, interiors, curb appeal, and cost management. His exterior designs were very appealing, and his interiors were fantastic. I would strongly recommend Carl Colson for any of your architecture needs, from residential remodels to complex high-rise commercial developments and everything in between.
Carl added a second story to our 1925 home on Queen Anne Hill. We liked the location but the bungalow was too small and dark. We envisioned a big bathroom and bedroom trying to capture as much light as possible. Carl designed the house to still look like a 1925 house outside and a light open space inside. Carl succeeded where I don’t think many architects would have. We love our house inside and out, and are still delighted with the light and space.
We highly recommend Carl Colson! As homeowners, we truly appreciate Carl’s insight in the design process. We couldn’t be happier with the look and feel of what Carl created. The plans were incredibly detailed and accurate .and had absolutely no issues during the construction of the additions. Carl not only has an eye for the design of a project but he also has the practical building process knowledge that makes the construction practical saving time and material costs. We would strongly recommend Carl for any architectural project.
With more than 30 years experience, Carl is an expert in all aspects of architectural design and construction. He has designed a wide variety of buildings, planning, and architectural designs in the greater Seattle area – from office buildings, retail spaces, and hotels, to site planning, mixed-use, multi-family and single family homes – but designing homes of all kinds brings him the greatest satisfaction. This is where he feels his creativity really shines.
Carl is just as passionate about giving his clients what they want and need as he is about design itself. He treats his clients’ needs and goals for a project with great respect. He has a talent for synthesizing seemingly disparate needs and considerations into finished designs that work well, respect budgets, and please his clients.
When beginning the process to hire an architect for your new home or major renovation project, it may seem overwhelming at times when you begin to think about the all the numerous things you want in your new home, how you want them to work, what kinds of spaces you want, and how they might be best for your needs and lifestyle.
I’ve created a checklist to help guide you through the proper planning that is essential for working with an architect on the successful design of your new home.
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- Feasibility studies
- Site selection & analysis
- Site planning & design
- Existing conditions documentation
- Architectural design, documentation, and construction administration
- ADA & handicapped accessibility planning & design
- 3-Dimensional computer modeling
- Kitchen & bath design