Our new fave BREW place - Peaks and Pints...

Drager Architecture renovated this building next to our office. Originally built as a theater in the early 1900's, it is now Peaks and Pints, a wonderful place for assorted local micro-brews.  Julie's Hair Care salon has been a tenant for over 25 years.  Now Julie has a wonderful new space to br creative.  Stop in and visit.

Loeb Cabin in White Salmon is coming along nicely...

Our client has a done a great job interpreting our design.  As you can see it's in the mountains (and fog). Wonderful detail in the stone columns with concrete cap stones.  The tower has taken shape.  Winter is rolling in likely slowing some progress, but we are getting excited!  Timber posts, beams and trusses, awesome!


Loeb Cabin in White Salmon, WA nears construction...

Its been a few years of preparation, but Doug Loeb of Seattle is ready to begin his wonderful timber frame home high on a hill in White Salmon.  The hidden property has wonderful views south to the Columbia River, and bookend views of Mt. Hood in Oregon and Mt. St. Helens in Washington.   We can't wait to see his craftsmanship.

Dogeagle home the "Starr" of Old Town Tacoma...

The Dogeagle's home is rising from the ground on Starr Street in Tacoma's Old Town. We are so very excited that all of the thought and care that went into understanding the owner's lifestyle and the neighborhood they selected, has really yielded fantastic results.

This "right sized" home will take advantage of the view down Starr Street to Commencement Bay and will fit wonderfully within a neighborhood of bungalows, infills and cottages while being uniquely of today.


Renton "right sized" home finally comes to life!

Our client came to Drager Architecture a few years ago with a dream of building a "right sized" home based on the ideals set forth in the "Not So Big House". We were excited to do just that. A less than 2000 sf home includes a master suite, 2 bedrooms, a piano room, an apartment, great room, courtyard and kitchen. Who knew? Well, we did , actually;-)

Can't wait to see the final product!

Voting for the Best Architect is over...

Although the South Sound Magazine posted the voting went until March 22nd, Apparently that meant voting ends on the 21st. Thanks to all who got a chance to vote. I really appreciate your support!

Vote for Best Architect Best of the South Sound 2012

It's time again for the South Sound Magazine Best of!  Because of your votes, 2010 was a great year being named Best Architect.  We feel that we should be considered again and we need your help!

We would appreciate your votes again.  In 2011 we fell a bit short of votes, but got mentioned (The large 100 person firm got it again).



Here's how it works:

• Click


 to go to the best of South Sound page.

• You must vote in at least 10 different categories for your entry to be valid.

• Voting ends March 22, 2012. Winners will be announced in the June/July issue of South Sound Magazine.

Here are our favorites - if you are from out of the area:

Best Architect:  That's us ;-) DRAGER ARCHITECTURE

Best Restaurant:  Harbor Lights

Best Happy Hour:  C I Shenanigans

Best Lunch:  The Rosewood

Best Burger:  Frisco Freeze

Best Pizza:  Katy Downs

Best Sushi:  Fujiya

Best Interior Designer:  Cheryl Marshall Design

Best Remodeler:  (Pick one) Gary Howe Construction, York Enterprises.

Best Builder:  (Pick one) Gary Howe Construction, Daniel Martin Construction, Al Fujita Construction.

Thanks so much for your support - this is an important marketing effort for us!

MBA - 14th Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes

The Master Builders Assoc Tour of Remodeled Homes is this weekend. We have a project in the tour that was built by York Enterprises. Duke and his crew did a great job!

Please come out and say hello and view our design work. We are very proud of the results! The location is 1116 N 26th Street in Old Town.

Here is the website for further information about the tour. There is an entry fee that benefits Mary Bridge Children's Hospital. http://mba-tour.com/


Come see how it looks now!

New Insulated Wood Studs - rSTUD

I found this new product at, ecohomemagazine.com, called rSTUD. It may be an interesting energy saving development. These are engineered wood studs that have an inner core of high density foam.

EC Mfg.

Thermal bridging through wood framing accounts for significant heat loss in every home. The rSTUD is an engineered stud with a foam th...ermal break sandwiched between two pieces of LVL to create typical nominal-dimensioned studs. The high-density foam delivers stud R-values of 7 for a 2x4 and R-21 for a 2x6. According to the company, using the studs can boost a homes efficiency by up to 20% versus traditional lumber. 800.768.7054. www.ecproducts.us.See More

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)...

Our Blank-Menzel project uses a product called Structural Insulated Panels (or SIPs) for the exterior walls and roofs.  Essentially, the conventional exterior framing of the structure is replaced by these panels.  The value that these panels gave us was a super insulation, less labor and less waste.  At this time it can be a bit more expensive than conventional framing and few builders are familiar with the process of construction with them.  I found this company called Winter Panel that manufactures three SIPs panels that you may want to consider for your next project.

The company offers SIPs in three panel types: StructureWall, CurtainWall, and PineClad. StructureWall panels, which replace studs and rafters, are twice as strong as a 2x4 wall, according to the firm. CurtainWall panels, ideal for timber-frame or metal-frame buildings, include an interior skin of gypsum for finishing. PineClad panels offer the benefits of StructureWall but with an interior finish of tongue-and-groove pine. Foam cores are available in expanded polystyrene or polyisocyanurate. 802.254.3435. http://www.winterpanel.com/.