Every South Mountain Company (SMCo) project rests on a foundation of integrated Architecture, Engineering, and Construction. This integration brings clarity and integrity to a complex process. Our goal is to honor the beautiful island we call home with celebrations of place that balance harmonized art, science, and craft. We engage you, the client, in a collaborative and transparent process driven by your goals and aspirations and guided by our expertise and experience.
You get a beautiful, high-performance building made with you, for you
The SMCo design/build process works uniquely well because it keeps the responsibility and accountability in just one place. It’s very direct – just SMCo and you, working in collaboration, fully aligned with each other. This central relationship makes it possible for us to offer you security, service, performance, beauty, and quality – all at once.
By practicing for decades in one small region, we stay connected to our buildings and clients and learn from both. Our experience has inspired principles which guide our work and allow us to explore a variety of often surprising and always respectful design paths.
Our staff of 35 includes five architects (more than any other firm on Martha’s Vineyard), two engineers, one interior designer, five construction foremen, one shop foreman, a large team of carpenters, woodworkers, and solar installers, and skilled administrative/management personnel. This multi-disciplinary mix gives us a tremendous range of capacities under one roof.
A better process. A better outcome.
The architect’s role is to listen. The client’s job is to articulate needs
The designer’s role is to ask, to listen, to ask again, and to suggest solutions. The client’s job is to articulate needs, desires, and constraints. You guide us so that we may successfully guide you. Together we can fashion places that, first and foremost, serve your needs by supporting and nurturing your health, satisfaction, productivity, and spirit.
When we began, more than 40 years ago, we were influenced by the work of the Shakers, the California Arts and Crafts practitioners, the timber framed New England colonial buildings, the Shingle Style, and the passive solar pioneers (of whom Frank Lloyd Wright himself may have been the most important).
We blended these with our handmade sensibility and environmental ethic to produce, over time, our own particular design language. These days, the mid-century modernists exert more and more influence, and South Mountain’s architecture department is staffed with a new group of younger architects with a broader range of design inclinations.
Timelessness knows no style
Every building is fundamentally different, of course, and the power of design goes far beyond style. But we hope all our buildings will:
- Feel timeless
- Evoke a sense of shelter and comfort
- Balance wonder and discovery with rigor and clarity
- Be durable, flexible, and easy to change
- Perform well and be healthy to live in
- Be artfully-crafted
- Connect the natural environment to the built environment
- Adapt seamlessly to site and community
- Fulfill the needs and desires of our clients
- Be loved
We are only successful if you are convinced your project is the best we’ve ever done.