studio zerbey / under construction

We currently have a number of projects finishing up or in the middle of construction so we thought it would be fun to do a few posts during the next several months that highlight that work.

+ Alaska Surf Shack

The Surf Shack just wrapped up construction and the owner moved in last week. We’re hoping to make it out this summer to see it in person and take photos (I’ve never been to Alaska!)



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Due to the remote location, we had more limited involvement during construction. Kyle only made it the site once (before design started) and therefore any coordination was handled via email and phone. The contractor, Harmon Construction, did a fantastic job and we’re so pleased how it turned out. More importantly, the homeowner loves it and that’s really the best compliment you can get.

+ Missoula Mixed-Use Remodel

The remodel of this existing brick building in Missoula, Montana is nearing completion, with work on the tenant improvements to begin soon. The building, located on the “hip strip” of Missoula will include a popcorn store, sandwich shop and a third tenant that has yet to be finalized.





The roof was replaced, a new lower roof was added, the brick was sandblasted, primed and painted, steel panel siding was added and all the windows and doors are new. We can’t wait to get out and take final “after” photos and compare with where things started! Another remote project for us, it makes a huge difference working with a skilled team (McMahon Construction) to get the job done.

+ Issaquah Highlands House

Framing for the Issaquah Highlands house (a new single-family residence east of Seattle) is almost complete and it’s so exciting to see the form take shape. The neighborhood is actually an eclectic mix of architectural styles and even though it’s in a development, we think this design does a good job of integrating with the site and respecting its neighbors.






It’s a little hard to tell in this photo but the view is spectacular, even from the lower levels.


10 Responses to “studio zerbey / under construction”

  1. Marlena says:

    They all look great!

  2. anna says:

    wow! they look fabulous! I especially love the AK one. Our family vacation is to Alaska in June and I couldn’t be more excited to go back. Those views just look spectacular!

  3. hjc says:

    You guys have awesome clients who have great vision and taste. How cool to be a part of such neat projects!

  4. Jill says:

    I love the cathedral quality in of the windows and the pointed ceiling in the surf shack.

    Also, I can’t believe how much it looks exactly like the renderings. I suppose that is your job, but with construction, usually the result is always a bit different from the plan.

    • Kyle Zerbey says:

      Hi Jill, Thanks, Yes, part of the end project looking like the renderings is achieved by realistic design process. I think projects that don’t turn out as well can be a result of overly optimistic design regarding building technology that can’t be built on budget. The client did make a few minor changes here and there but our design process results in real buildings! Glad you like the project, thanks for the compliments:)

  5. Phoebe says:

    i love the dark brick. 🙂 so awesome to see your guys’ vision become reality. thanks for sharing!

  6. Marta says:

    Congrats on the projects in this post! Plus today I saw Kyle featured on archdaily: Awesome!
    Interesting projects, thanks for sharing your office work. How much time does it take from sketches through project and permits till to building is completed? In Croatia burocracy is so slow that you’re almost quicker in building then in getting your permit. All in all , in best cases, you need 2-3years from sketch to built if everything goes smoothly…

    • Lauren says:

      Thanks Marta! Haha, sounds like things are not too different in the U.S. 🙂 It really depends on where you’re building and if there are any complications with the site, a design review process to go through, etc. That said, 2-3 years is not unrealistic. We usually say one year minimum start to finish for residential work (sometimes less if it’s a smaller remodel).

  7. kurt says:

    Missoula! This appears to be on 4th street. I recognize the turreted building behind. I believe it used to be a n automotive repair shop in a previous life. Congrats. I’ll have to check it out when I visit. I grew up in Missoula but now live in Palm Springs. I’m a fan and follow your life and work.

    All the best.


  8. Tim says:

    Love the highland house. It seems amazing. Wish I can live somewhere like that in the future.


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