Happy Seattle Area Architect Clients
“Carl has an inherent sense of design elements, functionality, beauty, and precision. His designs are practical, yet innovative. He knows how to maximize a site and how to work positively and creatively within physical, economic, and regulatory constraints. His designs have what I refer to as the “Ahhhh” factor. They are intuitive and pleasing to the eye; they are interesting, but feel natural and “right”.
“In 20 years of developing and building projects, the architect I have enjoyed working with the most has been Carl Colson. His plans are the most complete and extremely thorough. I use Carl exclusively for all of my projects, including a multi-family townhome project of 101 homes, 40 townhomes in Sedro Wooley, and 54 single-family detached homes in a mixed-use community.
Carl has always met the project deadlines, is very creative, and open minded about suggestions. Every one of my staff, including the field crews, has spoken very highly of Carl’s work – I have recommended Carl in the past and will continue to recommend him.”
"I have lived in a Cascade Cottages townhouse for the past year and a half, and I just love it. The entire space is thoughtfully designed and beautifully built. It's clear Carl Colson understood what makes a beautiful home: spacious rooms, functional design and attention to detail."
“Carl’s designs are amazing and get the most for the client. He thinks about site design, exterior designs, interiors, curb appeal, and cost management. His exterior designs were very appealing, and his interiors were fantastic. I would strongly recommend Carl Colson for any of your architecture needs, from residential remodels to complex high-rise commercial developments and everything in between.”
“Carl added a second story to our 1925 home on Queen Anne Hill. We liked the location but the bungalow was too small and dark. We envisioned a big bathroom and bedroom trying to capture as much light as possible. Carl designed the house to still look like a 1925 house outside and a light open space inside. Carl succeeded where I don't think many architects would have. We love our house inside and out, and are still delighted with the light and space.”
Eileen Enstrom – Edward Hart
“When we hired Carl Colson to design our mixed-use project of 123 units and retail space, we found an Architect that was open minded, efficient, and able to listen to the our needs. We submitted the design plans to the city for review and because of Carl's extensive experience and knowledge, there was no re-submittal required for permit approval. Carl knew the City code and made sure that it was incorporated into the building design. His knowledge of the local codes and extensive research on his part saved us a lot of time and money. “
AFCO & Sons LLC
Mountlake Terrace, WA
“We highly recommend Carl Colson! As homeowners, we truly appreciate Carl’s insight in the design process. We couldn’t be happier with the look and feel of what Carl created. The plans were incredibly detailed and accurate .and had absolutely no issues during the construction of the additions. Carl not only has an eye for the design of a project but he also has the practical building process knowledge that makes the construction practical saving time and material costs. We would strongly recommend Carl for any architectural project.”
Mike and Vikki Byland
“Carl designed excellent home plans and site plan, which far exceeded our expectations in both aesthetic appeal and efficiency for our 18 unit residential development. His construction drawings were clean, accurate, concise and complete in necessary construction detail. His plans sailed through the permitting process with no significant markups or delays.
He is a skilled professional who is creative, but also practical. His work is produced on time, and meets the needs of the permitting authorities and the construction crews. He is a pleasure to work with."
John W. Garbe (Garbe Weller Construction)
“We found him to be creative, professional, reliable, & courteous. He was open to our vision – but he had the integrity to be honest with us when he believed a few of our ideas would compromise the era and style of our home. He had a confident/relaxed manner when discussing plans/ideas with our general contractor as well.”
Jan & Linda Olson
“My husband and I were very pleased with Carl Colson's architectural plans for our house. He tuned in to our design goals and suggested ideas that enhanced our original layout. His drawings were carefully prepared and well detailed. He was always clear, professional, and a pleasure to work with. We highly recommend Carl and would not hesitate to collaborate with him again.”
Retired Civil Engineer and Happy Homeowner
“I hired Carl to provide design services for a garage/mother-in-law apartment addition I wanted to complete at my home. His design solution took into consideration our desire that the addition look like it had always been there, tricky codes the City had for MIL apartments and our limited budget both for design and construction. The final result is fabulous and we get complements frequently. Carl was instrumental in making our dream happen through his approach in understanding what was important to us and then putting those thoughts and ideas to paper.”