Welcome to Erler Design. SEE LOBLOLLY HOUSE VIDEO!
Erler Design specializes in the design of Craftsman Style homes that are inspired by leading designers and architects during Arts & Crafts Movement of the late 19th and early 20th century. Our objective is to bring back the art of the era by drawing on the works of the Greene brothers, Gustav Stickley, Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Sullivan, Henry H. Richardson and others.

During the Arts & Crafts period, architects designed all aspects of the home, including landscape design, external and internal trim, art glass, light fixtures and furniture, making the home self consistent and harmonious. Today, these details are often left to the homeowner, interior decorator and general contractor. At Erler Design, we return to the traditional approach of designing all aspects of the home, resulting with balanced and artful dwellings.

While our designs retain the aesthetics of traditional Craftsman homes, they are adapted for modern lifestyles and utilize up-to-date construction techniques. Detailed drawings of trim, staircases, cabinetry and built-in elements enable millwork shops, woodworkers and other fabricators to accurately produce them, even if they have no experience with Arts & Crafts designs.

During construction, we provide on-site management to ensure that all elements are properly fabricated and installed. Designs are optimized for the particular space to ensure that everything fits together seamlessly.

Working with us

Whether you are building a new house, restoring an older home, adding on to an existing home, improving the landscape design, or need custom furnishings, we can help. Contact us to schedule an introductory meeting where we can better understand your needs and objectives. We can assist you in defining the Arts & Crafts styles that you prefer or that will work best with your particular building site or existing structure. The PROJECTS and RESOURCES pages of this web site are good sources for inspiration, as well as a visit to our premier project, Loblolly House, a reproduction inspired by Greene and Greene. (see EVENTS page to arrange for a tour of Loblolly House.)

Design Integration and Management

Design and construction of a home requires the specialized skills of licensed professionals, artisans and tradesmen. Each brings their own design ideas or construction habits that they apply to virtually every job they do. Mr. Erler's deep understanding of design and construction gives him the credibility and authority to redirect the way these specialists work so that they are consistent with the Arts & Crafts aesthetic. We act as the Design Authority throughout the project, a critical role that is needed to create an artful, harmonious home.

Once the scope of the project is defined, our fees may be paid on a project, retainer or hourly basis. Design and management fees typically run between 10 and 20% of construction costs. Please see the SERVICES page for more details.

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