Graham Sherwin Studio is a collaboration between John Graham, architect and industrial designer, and Pam Sherwin, landscape designer, strategist and project manager. Over two decades the firm has developed a reputation for designing homes that are not just uniquely appropriate for their surroundings but also for their owners. As a result, very few clients have ever sold their houses. After many years they still seem to fit. We have designed heavy timber homes on isolated islands where waves batter logs up on the beach; ultramodern city homes for clients in the high-tech industry; precise shingle-style homes, major heritage restorations and rustic tile roofed cottages in ancient French vineyards, among many others.
Some clients have come back again and again to work with us. One family had us design a vineyard, a vacation house, a house for a son and renovations of two other houses. Another had us do a city house, then the interior of a yacht and the industrial design for a new hydrogen fuel cell company. And another had us design a summer house in Canada and a second house in France.
Our clients come back because they have confidence in what we deliver. And what we deliver is as good as we can possibly make it. We take responsibility. We work to budgets. We do complete documents. We help negotiate solid, fixed-price contracts with excellent builders. We inspect construction from beginning to end. We make sure the money is being well-spent and our clients are getting what they deserve.
We will only take on a job if we can do it this well. It doesn’t matter to us whether the budget is $100,000 or $10 million. We only do one quality of work because that is the only way to adequately control the process and end up with happy clients. Good controls help our clients avoid the problems they see in projects all around them. We have also built for ourselves which has given us a very clear perspective of how our clients see our process; we exercised the same discipline and attention to detail and had the same end result, coming in on time and on budget (you can see our house on this website; it’s City House 3).