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About Tektoniks Architects

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There is no task more personal and more important than designing your own home or workplace.

Engaging with an architect who listens and who takes the time and makes the effort to understand your needs and desires is critical for a successful project.

We collaborate with our clients to create successful projects tailored to their specific needs and desires.

We offer the full range of architectural and interior design services for projects large and small. We specialize in custom residential design (new homes, additions, renovations, "makeovers," and interior design), custom commercial and mixed-use buildings, institutional + civic buildings, and master planning/urban design.

We are also professionally licensed, NCARB certified, and LEED accredited for "green" building design.

Most importantly, we specialize in understanding you, our clients, and we utilize our experience and expertise to make your dreams a reality.

We were recently named "Best of Houzz 2015 - Design."

Please visit our website to view our current work.


17 Larchmont Road
Salem, MA 01970

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  • 5/5 stars

    Ernie offered invaluable assistance with our project. He was very patient and thorough in going over schematics and making sure all aspects of the project were considered. He was particularly helpful in considering traffic flow and handicap accessibility issues which were a top priority. A few years later when we wanted to do an expansion he was there offering great suggestions and smart designs.

  • 5/5 stars

    Ernie's professionalism and creativity on my municipal construction project was matched by his willingness to work with the ideas and expertise that we brought to the enterprise. Tektonics involvement , I felt, enhanced the dynamic synergy that was so prevalent on this project.

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. We're very fortunate to have worked on a variety of project types. Our most common types of jobs, however, are custom residential projects. These consist of new custom homes on the one hand, and home additions/renovations/restorations on the other.

New home projects are wonderful because we have the opportunity to give our clients exactly what they are seeking, and build their dreams from the ground-up. But additions/renovations/restorations are also rewarding because we have the chance to take our client's beloved homes and breathe new life and energy into them. Oftentimes more difficult to design than a completely new home, renovation projects are challenging and highly rewarding - especially when we see the look in our client's eyes when they see something great happening to their house.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Your home or business is your most valuable and treasured asset - make sure that you entrust your most valuable asset to professionals who will protect your interests and provide you with exceptional service. There is a vast difference between a non-professional who draws measured drawings for your project vs. the design services offered by an experienced, qualified, licensed professional. Once the damage is done, there is no way to justify the savings that can be done to your home or business by an under-qualified individual who claims to provide the same service as a qualified, professional design firm - its just not worth the risk.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. There is an old saying: "Let the Buyer Beware." Unlicensed non-professional draftsmen and designers compete with legitimate, licensed professional firms, such as ours. Oftentimes, they offer services at a far lower rate than experienced, licensed professionals. There is a reason non-licensed amateurs are cheaper than licensed pros: the services they provide are not comparable, not professional, and more often than not they do not have neither the experience nor the skills to deliver the same product. We meet many clients who find themselves in trouble because they spent thousands of dollars for a design and drawings from a non-licensed amateur, only to find the plans did not meet applicable codes, are not acceptable to many towns in the Commonwealth, and are fraught with errors and omissions.

Your home or business environment can be the largest investment in your life - do not entrust your greatest asset to inexperienced non-pros trying to save a few dollars. You will spend tenfold trying to correct the problems this scenario creates.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. Our work stands out in several ways:

- We are experienced in a wide variety of building and project types, from custom residential to commercial buildings, from master planning to urban design, from signage to concept design;

- We approach every project - regardless of scale or budget - from the point of view of creating the best project we can, with the collaboration of our clients;

- We are LEED Accredited Professionals, and as such green design is a central and integral feature of our work;

- We bring to the table nearly 30 years of experience to the field of custom residential design and construction;

- We are licensed professionals, so the work we produce is always of the highest quality.

- We have dozens of built projects and project references we can refer you to. Our satisfied clients are our best advertisement and endorsement.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Collaborating with our clients, and exceeding their expectations. For Tektoniks Architects, there is no greater accomplishment than a satisfied client.

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. The quality of or work directly impacts the user's quality of life and well-being. Architectural designs by quality-minded professionals enhance the everyday experiences of those who use these spaces and buildings.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. Continuing education is required by the State of Massachusetts in order to maintain Professional Licensure. Continuing Ed is also required by the US Green Building Council to maintain our LEED green design status. As a firm whose Principal is a professionally-licensed Architect, continuing education is not only a requirement but an essential ingredient to ensure quality designs and performance.

Q. What are the latest developments in your field? Are there any exciting things coming in the next few years or decade that will change your line of business?

A. I think the biggest development in the field of architecture and design in recent years is the push towards "green" design - using materials and systems that help to protect the environment. From day 1 Tektoniks Architects has always striven to design buildings and spaces that are mindful of the natural world. This doesn't always mean selecting high-tech new products, or specifying materials that are unusual - sometimes this comes back to "good design": taking advantage of natural heat gain from the sun, using daylighting as much as possible for interior lighting, using local materials to minimize carbon emissions resulting from transportation to the site, etc.

Green design = good design, whether the project is a high-tech job or not. Designers must keep up with trends in green design, and help our clients understand ways that we can build to keep our environment protected and thriving. These changes will revolutionize the design industry moving forward.

Q. Describe your most recent project, what it involved, how much it cost, and how long it took.

A. We are designing a new theme park called "Thomas Land" in Carver, MA: an 18-building, 11-acre home for Thomas the Tank Engine at Edaville, USA ($25 million construction cost). See us on You Tube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XipFcFhT3Hs

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