William Merriman Architects LLC was founded to be singularly-focused on residential Architecture in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest in 2013.
Since our founding we have been privileged to work on various residential and commercial architecture projects, along with furniture, product and graphic designs for select clients. Our approach to the design process, background and skillset allows us to leverage our experience for any design project you may have.
Our expertise is on carefully crafted new construction, thoughtful additions and renovations to existing homes and appropriate barns, sheds, outbuildings, and site designs that extend architecture and design beyond your front door.
Our method of practice is for those seeking to create an Alaska legacy with their project; it is a bespoke, intensive and uniquely tailored client collaboration, with an uncommon level of study and detail. Let us help you tell your Alaska story.
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METHOD OF PRACTICE
We look to our clients for the inspiration for our projects, not a particular style, or movement or era of architecture. Residential Architecture is for us an honest evaluation of an individual client's design question.
When we speak of traditional architecture we refer to this method of practice and problem solving where the end result is yet to be discovered.
We will spend an extensive amount of listening to you, getting to know your family, how you have lived before and helping you prioritize and refine your goals. Our obligation to you is to achieve a design that is uniquely reflective of who you are, that is thoughtful, appropriate and serves its purpose well. We will work diligently with the best Craftsmen to see your vision realized.
We believe that architecture should be representative of place and vernacular context, with a deep respect for the topography and environment of Alaska. This includes thoughtful development, the preservation of open space and farmland, and the responsibility to protect our beautiful state. There is a rationale in residential architecture for projects that can endure for generations, given a unique setting, family, and purpose.
We see timeless architecture not as a repeat of historical precedence, but instead representative of elegant and smart design. What was true 200 years ago is no less true of residential architecture today, requiring thoughtful exploration of each project. The residential architecture of Alaska should be designed for our climate, utilize indigenous materials, and be sited appropriately, while reacting to our culture and clients’ needs. That the forms of this architecture may stray towards recognizable traditional design or towards the modern is less important than the intent to solve the design question at hand.
We are convinced and moved that a good design can and will make a difference in our clients’ lives. Tell us about your project below.
TIMELESS & TRADITIONAL ARCHITECTURE
While William Merriman Architects offers full-service custom home design, we know some clients don’t want to wait or would like to select a fixed plan for construction. Our Catalog homes are fully designed in-house by our Architects and offer a practical and affordable alternative for Timeless & Traditional Architecture. We currently offer a full range of home sizes and floor plans with a limited number of designs released each year. Each Catalog home is developed with the same context as our traditional Architect-designed homes, with appropriate detailing respecting Alaska’s unique climate and topography.
Catalog home plans are furnished with floorplans, elevations, sections, and details, along with specifications and specific siting and lot size instructions. Drawings are furnished in PDF for download and also available with full-size prints. Engineering and permitting are available as an additional service through our office.
Contact our office for additional details and about customizing these plans for your project.