As new house owners, we left a condo living and decided to move into a house. We ultimately decided to purchase an older house and customize it to our tastes and needs. I had used Houzz.com to source some architects to help us out. We found Robert and a few others but it was Robert that accompanied me to house inspection for one and then also accompanied me to view the house we ended up purchasing. From start to finish, he was there. We utilized Houzz.com albums to collect photos and ideas to share so he could get a better sense of our needs and wants. He managed pretty much everything from the contractors to the purchasing of items. He also has a great eye for detail so when he conducted the final walk (we were traveling) and approved it, I didn't worry about him missing anything. As new home owners new to renovation, we did go over budget and in the end, we did have to omit some of the items/detailing that we wanted which was frustrating but Robert provided us alternatives so that we could discuss and decide. In the end, with the budget issue and not having the home 100% to what we wanted, we are still very happy with the project. People who have seen the home before are amazed at the results. We are very happy to have found Robert. As non-creative home owners who have never renovated a home, we would have never come up with some of the concepts he produced. He enabled us to customize this house enough that it meets our aesthetic and functional needs. Robert is very diligent and detailed. I think he may have been too detailed for us (ha) but as a result of me giving in to him, we have a stand out master bathroom. I view our home a great learning experience into the area of renovation. I now have Robert to use as a standard.
I first saw Robert's work in Philadelphia Magazine, which featured photos of his home renovation. As soon as I saw these photos I contacted Robert for a consultation with our lower level renovation. Our houses were designed by the same architect, Robert McElroy, and from the moment he walked in I knew he was the right person for the job. Before he came over for the consult we were only thinking of replacing the 1980's teal carpet and painting the walls. Robert envisioned making a larger bedroom for our son in what was then a storage room. He also suggested knocking out a wall in the family room to create a bigger open space. These two ideas completely transformed the downstairs layout and we're so grateful that he thought outside the box and made these suggestions. My husband and I would never have thought of these ideas on our own. I am in awe of his vision and creativity because now that the project is complete we have much more living space and natural light coming into the den. Robert also chose the hardwood flooring which looks stunning and is in keeping with the spirit of the house. Although we were short on the amount of flooring that was ordered we were able to obtain more within a few days so it really wasn't a big issue. Robert also suggested a contractor to perform the work and that company complied with all of Robert's specifications. Their quality of work was excellent. We plan on renovating our kitchen within the next couple of years and Robert will be the only one we trust because of his vision, creativity, and aesthetic sensibility.
My husband and I discovered and purchased a beautiful, 2.5 acre wooded lot on a bluff overlooking West Grand Traverse Bay in northern Michigan. The view from the site, as well as the beautiful surrounding woods was incedible, and we wanted to have a home design that would take advantage of the natural beauty. Also, we wanted a home that met our lifestyle - that of two working professionals with demanding schedules who desire a home that is a comfortable nest. Also, a home that would lend itself well to informal entertaining, and provide comfortable and private spaces for overnight family and guests. Robert worked very closely with us during all facets of the design of our home. He created a space that reveals the beauty of our site as we move through our home. He also was responsible for seletion of materials throughout the home, including furniture. In northern Michigan, we enjoy four beauiful seasons. Robert's design has truly captured the beauty of the site, actually blends the outdoors with the indoors spaces, while also maintaining good flow throughout the house.
I have worked with Robert of Studio Robert Jamieson on multiple projects, including several of his residential clients as well as his private residence. Robert's design intent is kept paramount throughout the entire project. He is collaborative and innovative when facing challenges during design and construction, consistently working with the team to keep the main aesthetic true. Roberts emphasis on detailing and materials show in every project. The results are jewel boxes.
STUDIOrobert jamieson is a design studio focused on custom residential and commercial projects.
Design is an iterative process that begins with the client, project program and site, whether it be an existing building or virgin landscape. Style, experience, space and views are developed as a result of the client and site, not imposed upon them. I provide innovative solutions that are clear, honest, and thoughtful through collaborative relationships with artisans, fabricators, materials suppliers and contractors to shape space and surface in unique ways. Modern and reclaimed materials are used in ways that go beyond their traditional or expected use. Sustainable building and site development is fundamental and integral to all of my work.
I began my career working as a designer for the global architecture firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox in New York, and 4 years supporting Michael Arad and his award winning design for the World Trade Center Memorial. I then spent 7 years creating and leading the internal Store Design team for lifestyle retailer, Anthropologie, overseeing all domestic projects, their bricks and mortar launch into the UK/EU marketplace, and sister wedding brand, BHLDN. STUDIOrobert jamieson was formed in 2001 as an outlet for exploration of ideas outside of these professional contexts, and continued as a full time endeavor beginning in 2014.
Generally, my services are based on a % of total construction costs.
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