Knickerbocker Group offers architecture and interior design services for custom homes and commercial spaces. Over the past 40 years, we have built relationships with a diverse network of architects, designers, engineers, and construction professionals.
- 25 Designers, including:
- 6 Licensed Architects
- 2 Allied ASID
- 1 Certified Master Kitchen & Bath Designer
- 1 Certified Aging in Place Specialist
- 2 Professional Engineers
- 1 Real Estate Professional
- 1 Certified Passive House Consultant
- 2 LEED-Accredited Professionals
- Shingle-style compounds
- Maine camps and cottages
- Contemporary new homes and conversions
- Major and minor renovations / additions
- Community master planning & branding
- Inns and B&Bs
- Country club, spa, and health club
- Restaurants, commercial kitchens and retail fit-outs
- Stone homes, barns and event spaces
- Churches and community centers
- Pre-fabricated structures
- Passive House and LEED-Certified Design
We offer real estate and land use planning for landowners, homeowners, as well as institutions, businesses, and communities.
Working with real estate professionals, we can assist clients during the land acquisition stage. Maine’s beautiful yet fragile shoreline is protected by a myriad of Federal, State and local environmental regulations. We are experienced with navigating these laws as they relate to land use and development, and are equipped to make recommendations on each project’s specific needs.
Another important aspect of buying a piece of property is understanding the vision – can a client do what they envision on this parcel? Will it accommodate their program over the many years they plan to own the land? Our architectural and site planning team listens to our client’s ideas, needs and desires and demonstrates how their vision can be accommodated based on the site’s unique characteristics, opportunities and boundaries. Working with our in-house construction managers, we also offer guidance on expenses, so our clients fully understand the “all-in” (acquisition + improvements) costs before they commit to purchasing a parcel of land or a home in need of renovation.
As a company, Knickerbocker Group is deeply committed to Maine and its communities. We often get involved in larger-scale projects that offer significant economic or community development benefit. Our work on these projects includes high-level planning, branding, consensus building, and leadership to guide institutions, businesses, communities and related stakeholders to a successful outcome.
At Knickerbocker Group, we get excited about design. Our architectural ‘style’ is truly your vision; we create owner-driven designs based on your ideas, preferences, and the way you live your life. Our team of architects and designers is passionate about materials, spaces, light, warmth and the many tangibles and intangibles that all come together in making a structure work well and feel comfortable. Good design is recognizable: a room, space or building that has an effortless quality, feels proportioned and sized ‘just right’, and blends function with a unique expression of its occupants and how they use the space.
We design homes and buildings every day, practicing our craft to achieve a solid understanding of how components work together and relate to each other. As a design-build firm with a property management arm, we have the unique benefit of access to our homes for many years after the design and construction is complete. This allows us to observe and measure what works best, and we are constantly refining our approach to architecture based on time-tested materials, methods and practices.
Architecture though is more than building design. Our experience has taught us that the most successful projects are collaborative, involving an ongoing conversation between our clients, the design team, and the construction manager. Together we work through the many decisions your project will require, guiding you to well-considered choices along the way.
Choices, of course, have cost consequences and so we incorporate appropriate pricing updates throughout the design process so that our clients understand the overall budget implications of decisions made along the way. Knickerbocker Group brings the construction manager (in-house or external) to the owner-architect team as early as possible to guide the project through the many decisions to achieve a successful outcome: a well-designed, quality-built structure delivered within our client’s budget.
To that end, we have developed a detailed process for improving cost control during the life of a project. Each phase of design – from initial schematics, to design development, to construction documents – is an architectural milestone associated with specific pricing deliverables. Producing quality design is as important to us as managing your dream and vision, ensuring the finished product is better than ever you imagined and aligned with your expectations of cost and value.
Knickerbocker Group offers interior design to complement in-house or external architectural services, thus ensuring your home or building is not only beautiful and structurally sound but also meets the functional, aesthetic, and emotional needs of its occupants.
Beginning at the planning (or schematic design) phase, we pair one of our interior designers with the project’s lead architect. The interior designer assists the architect with space planning and room layouts based on how you will move through your home and how you would like each space to look and make you feel. From the start, our interiors team will focus on how you will live in the space, keeping in mind how furnishings and finishes will fit within each room. Our interior designers are able to assist with millwork and cabinetry design, furniture layouts, color consultations, wall treatments, product selections for all interior fixtures and finishes, and kitchen & bathroom design.
Our comprehensive interior design services offer flexibility and range in the level of project assistance. We can assist with the schematic design phase through to the finishing touches, including linens and tableware, or to any scope of the project in between.
Furnishings Design, Procurement & Installation
Knickerbocker Group offers services encompassing furnishings design, procurement, and installation. By working on furnishings and window treatments simultaneously through the design and construction process, we are able to make certain the selected furnishings will properly fit into the home and the uses desired for each space are adequately addressed. This collaborative step helps to eliminate surprises during move in day.
With our furnishings services, we work on broad-spectrum furnishing layouts during the schematics phase. From there, we put together preliminary furnishings allowances to estimate project costs. After the schematic phase, we will start the selection of specific furnishings and develop a design package for review and approval. Once the design package has been finalized, the pricing phase begins. Our designers will gather all the necessary costs associated with supplying and installing the furnishings and window treatments. Upon acceptance of the furnishings proposal, we will begin ordering, securing and storing the furnishings until the installation is scheduled, often in the weeks prior to client occupancy.