DARRIN PETERSEN principal
As a child, I watched my father draft plans for a family friend’s shop. As the drawings took shape and developed into a finished building, I was hooked! Instantly fascinated, I took a job with an architect as a part-time draftsman at the age of 15 and continued drawing through high school. At Montana State University, I realized there was no enjoyment for me designing the utilitarian commercial buildings common in the architecture field. Instead, I moved towards interior design and specifically high-end residential design. It was the best decision of my life. After interior design college in Denver, I stayed in Colorado for a few years and worked in Breckenridge, Vail and Aspen designing resort homes as well as hotel, restaurant and retail interiors…but the East was calling.
After moving to Pittsburgh and opening an office, a project in Morgantown brought me to West Virginia. I fell in love with the state immediately and opened an office in Morgantown in 1991. The city continued to grow and I started to look towards the mountains for a small town with pristine beauty to provide the ideal ‘creative’ setting. Luckily, I found Franklin…where my office was based for the next 15 years. After my time in Franklin had come to an end, I realized a secret dream and moved to Seattle. While living and working in Seattle, I discovered beautiful Bainbridge Island. It is here I chose to establish my permanent home and office in 2013.
WHY I LOVE RESIDENTIAL DESIGN AND RENOVATIONS
I love the emotion involved in residential design. For most, building a home is a big deal. A new home is unique, personal, and magical. Watching dreams become a reality intrinsically changes people, and I am grateful to be a part of that transformation.