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ABOUT DB ARCHITECTS

Dan Bartlett AIA is the owner and sole proprietor of DB Architects LLC, providing complete services for residential, commercial, code consulting and municipal projects. While creative problem solving, innovative design principles and space planning for building construction projects are a main focus, we are ever mindful of

  • Energy efficient design and sensible use of resources,
  • Smart Growth planning principles
  • Social responsibility and community-building.

Coming from a family of architects, engineers and artists, Dan has more than thirty years of experience in design, including architecture, interior design, furniture design and theatrical lighting.

Office experience includes

  • New residential construction:
  • Residential remodel:
  • New commercial:
  • Commercial building remodel:
  • Commercial interiors/tenant fit-up
  • Code compliance: Owner’s rep; Change of Use Compliance analysis on a number of projects in Keene.

 

Civic and professional:

  • Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee on Sustainable Building Practices in Keene
  • Board of Directors – Cheshire Housing Opportunities, Inc.
  • PlanNH Fellowship Committee
  • Professional member of the American Institute of Architects

 

Past positions

  • Adjunct faculty – Keene State College
  • Board member - Boston Architectural Center Alumni Association
  • Town of Alstead Planning Board
  • Planning Board Alternate – City of Keene
  • PlanNH Community Design Charrettes – Belmont NH, Winchester NH and Jaffrey NH

 

Past work includes:

  • Lighting design for off-off Broadway; touring shows and summer stock (1970s)
  • Work at his family’s design firm, Albert Wood and Five Sons, Inc, in Port Washington NY, working on church and synagogue interior design throughout the U.S. (1980s)
  • Residential interiors on Long Island (1980s)
  • Lead designer in timber frame design, winning several design awards from the Timber Framer’s Guild. (1990s)
  • Project manager for Monadnock region architectural firms (1990s)
    Projects include the Nelson Library, Harrisville Town Hall and Stonewall Farm (Tom Weller Architect); Depot Square, Bellows Falls Waypoint Center (Dan Scully Architect)

 

THE DESIGN PROCESS

You are about to embark on a project that will add value to your house and comfort and ease for your living needs. It will be well worth the effort. A house is typically the most expensive thing (by far) that people buy. It should be, because there is a lot that it has to do for you such as protect you from the elements as well as protect the money you’ve invested in it. It is where you spend a good deal of your time. It should be a place that reflects something of you and your family, a place that nurtures your spirit and provides pleasure and convenience to your life.

The process of arriving at a suitable design is rather involved. It is a circuitous path, and no two projects follow the same route. A good way to understand it is to think of the design process as an ongoing conversation. It starts with us and is not finished until long after you are using your new space. It involves other people as well, including friends or family; bankers and accountants; other design professionals that we will engage as consultants such as engineers, landscapers, interior designers, code officials and so on, each of whom will bring something to bear on the project that could influence the end product. The design team’s role is to sort through as much of those influences as possible ahead of time. Except on the simplest of small projects, it is not realistic to think that every issue will be resolved perfectly ahead of time.

The drawings we produce will be a repository for information as it comes in. Not all information will make it onto the drawings, and that which does may not stay there. The drawings are part of this ongoing conversation, as such, they are never ‘finished’. There will come a point where they are developed enough for certain milestones along the way, most of which are for the purpose of review. Only towards the very end do they become useful for a builder to actually construct the project, and even then, they only show the finished building. Architecture is a ‘what to’ business, not a ‘how to’.

Having an architect is having an additional voice - that second opinion. The architect brings education, professional training and real-world experience to bear on your project. An architect rounds out the building team triad that includes the owner and builder, both of whom add their own expertise and experience to the project.

A Building Owner contemplating a construction project should:

 

  • Choose to use an architect because the owner understands the value architects add to the building. 
  • Have the financial resources and the willingness to use them to create the best design solution possible. 
  • Be willing to set aside pre-conceived notions about the final outcome and to engage in the process of discovering solutions that are original, appropriate and suitable.