From Residential Remodel Specialists to Nationally Recognized Sustainable Architecture Design+Build Firm.
The Artisans Group opened shop a little over 20 years ago as an Olympia residential remodel design build firm. With co-Principal Randy Foster at the helm, AG built a strong word-of-mouth reputation for beautiful, high quality work. From kitchen and bath remodels, historical home remodels, and home additions, we built our reputation and understanding of Pacific Northwest architecture from the inside out - and we discovered our secret recipe.
The more we listened to our clients about how their homes could work best for them, and the more we learned about our clients’ passions - the more our phone rang, and the more high quality craftspeople wanted to work with us. Awards followed, and we grew.
Then, about 12 years ago, a local early-in-her-career designer applied to be an architectural drafter at Artisans Group. Tessa Smith quickly proved her mettle. Our clients loved her remodel and addition designs so much that word got out; people sought Tessa for new home design. So, by day, Tessa worked with our clients on their remodels and additions, and by night, she studied sustainable design, she studied for her Architecture exams, and she designed custom Pacific Northwest homes for her clients.
The “great” recession hit.
Randy and Tessa, seeing the difficult landscape ahead, decided to take a leap. They became co-Principals of a new Artisans Group, an Architecture Design+Build firm specializing in sustainable design and green building; a firm that designs and builds large remodels, additions, and new custom homes. By expanding operations during the recession and listening to our clients, we found a demand for high quality ecological architecture that invigorated the Puget Sound community by actively building for a better future.