About Dave

I grew up in a 200 year-old farmhouse in Guilford Connecticut. It was amazing to grow up in a house where most things were clearly built by human hands, down to the hand forged hinges, door latches, hewn timbers and square nails holding down wide plank floors. I moved to Seattle in 1982 to attend UW, receiving Bachelor of Architecture in 1986. Went out and spent the next 6 years first working for an urban design firm, then, out of frustration for never seeing any tangible results from writing reports about revitalizing small depressed waterfront communities, jumped headfirst into residential design/build. I was thrilled to conceive a design, draw it, then actually go out and build it.  And endlessly amused by the horror stories fellow carpenters told of architects who didn't know the true dimensions of a 2 x 4...

Back to grad school where I was awarded a Master of Architecture in 1992. After an 8 month stint trying to survive as a furniture maker, I went back to designing and building the occasional project, finally opening David Root Design in 1994. What has followed is years of working on projects of all sizes, from small, modest additions to new home projects spanning 6 years from design to completion of construction. My favorite projects are for clients who love their homes and who are passionate about living with good design.  Real design for real people.