About

Andrew Lyons Design and Drafting LLC is an affordable design and drafting service for homeowners, contractors and architects throughout Northern New Mexico and places beyond.  As a native Santa Fean, Andrew has a deep appreciation of the indigenous architectural styles, Pueblo Revival, Territorial, and Northern New Mexico Pitched Roof, as well as their contemporary interpretations.  He understands that these unique styles, plus the local culture, landscapes and climate, draw people to the Southwest, and inspires them to build or improve on a place of their own.  Recent projects have been completed in Santa Fe, Taos, Galisteo, Chimayo, Lyden, and also in Colorado.

History

After working in the construction trade for several years and then obtaining a degree in Architectural Engineering, Andrew began designing and drawing buildings in Santa Fe in 1989.  He worked on residential and commercial projects for one of the largest and most respected architectural firms in Santa Fe for nearly a decade, and then started his own firm in 1998.  Although he specializes in residential projects, he does work on commercial projects in collaboration with a select list of Santa Fe architects.  He has extensive experience with the local, state and national codes, and the regulations in Santa Fe’s Historic Districts.  Andrew was awarded a 2004 Heritage Preservation Award by the City of Santa Fe for an extensive remodel of an Early 20th Century adobe residence in Santa Fe’s Downtown and Eastside Historic District.  He maintains excellent working relationships with both City and Santa Fe County staff.

Process

Starting with listening carefully to clients, Andrew strives to create design solutions that meet or exceed their programming needs and desires.  His designs optimize space usage and circulation, orient to the prevalent views, enhance the surroundings, and reflect the client’s character.   To be successful, these goals must dovetail with a realistic budget, current codes, and should also utilize passive solar design features as well as the latest in energy efficiency and green technologies.  Paying attention to an often overlooked aspect of design, Andrew generates accurate, concise construction drawings that are easy to read and give real-world information to the builder.

Services

For Homeowners and Developers, Andrew provides creative and problem-solving plans for projects ranging from remodels and additions to complete new houses and residential compounds.  Drawing options range from a bare-bones permit set for a home-owner/builder to an all-inclusive construction set containing numerous details, sections and interior elevations for custom residences.  Service options include provision of drawings only, assistance choosing finishes and fixtures, on-site construction administration and field reports, and verification of contractor pay-applications.

For Contractors, Andrew provides vital assistance with translating onto paper the client’s ideas in conjunction with the builder’s practical experience, and he will help all involved navigate the design process, including plan permitting and any other services needed to build the client’s vision.

For Architects, Andrew provides drafting support, design experience, field documentation, and construction administration assistance for residential and commercial projects.