PHILOSOPHY

Acting as a guide to our clients’ interests and satisfaction is our top priority. As the owner’s representative, we build a trusting relationship with our clients and achieve excellence in all our designs.

We want our clients to love their homes and work spaces. To achieve this, everything that touches and relates to the project is considered. This begins with the client’s desires and expectations and progresses to embrace the larger environment of views, sunsets and light, shadow play, window size and placement, the cars, the kids, the driveway and, even, the neighbors. We look at a project with a bird’s eye view and from the vantage of a mole peeping out of his hole. Everything must be combined to flow together in a natural and uncontrived way.
 


EXPERIENCE

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Kenneth Young is the owner and principal architectural designer at Nicholson Blunt, LLC. He has over twenty years’ experience in the industry, specializing in residential and small commercial projects.

Kenneth began his career in London England, designing furniture and therapeutic playgrounds in the 1970’s. On moving to New York City, he formed a general contracting company, which focused on high-end residential apartments and Soho art galleries. In 1991, he moved to Columbia County on a two-year sabbatical, and added the skill of building dry stone walls to his resume. In 1993, Kenneth combined his design and building skills, forming Nicholson Blunt, LLC.


PROCESS

Hudson, NY project, before and after.

We design and manage all phases of home and commercial building and space planning, such as architectural design, construction management, furniture design, decoration, and art consultation.

With a process that enjoins your collaboration, Nicholson Blunt will draw up plans ready to send out to bid to builders and craftspeople, for the renovation of interior spaces, additions, and new homes. Drawings will also be sent to local authorities for building code enforcement.


SERVICES

Nicholson Blunt designs high-quality, free-standing and built-in furniture. Designs are original and specific to the requirements of the individual space and client. We contract only top-quality furniture makers and finishers for pieces such as dining and cocktail tables, audio-visual cabinets, armoires, bookcases, and desks.Nicholson Blunt is a design/build company. We specialize in residential design coupled to the management of the construction. Nicholson Blunt is an architectural design firm serving the areas of New York City, San Francisco, London, and New York’s Hudson Valley and specializes in:

  • Residential country home and city apartment renovations
  • New homes
  • Retail spaces
  • Offices
  • Custom furniture
  • General decoration services
  • Landscaping

We provide full-service, turn-key design through construction that includes budgeting and materials specifications.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

We are a design/build company. We specialize in residential design coupled to the management of the construction. 

ART AND DÉCOR

Nicholson Blunt will design original furniture or will select new, 20th century or antique furniture, window treatment, fabrics, carpets, rugs, wall coverings, colors, and objects to form a cohesive and elegant home or workspace. We patronize the best furniture suppliers and wholesalers and engage top-quality furniture makers and upholsterers to fulfill our designs.

CUSTOM FURNITURE 

Nicholson Blunt designs high-quality, free-standing and built-in furniture. Designs are original and specific to the requirements of the individual space and client. We contract only top-quality furniture makers and finishers for pieces such as dining and cocktail tables, audio-visual cabinets, armoires, bookcases, and desks.

AESTHETIC

Nicholson Blunt employs clean lines that imbue strength and purpose in both architectural style and furniture design and decoration. While we incorporate a wide range of design styles, we adhere to an architectural simplicity that maintains a satisfying level of comfort.

SUSTAINABILITY

Green materials and practices can be included as a small or dominant part of any project. A large selection of green vendors, materials, and standards are available.

OWNER REPRESENTATION

Nicholson Blunt serves and protects our clients throughout the whole home-building process. We will select and/or recommend builders, contractors, and craftspeople. We will administer the budget, manage schedules for construction and fabrication of materials, keep records, and administrate the overall project for the client.

With Nicholson Blunt as your (owner) representative, the use of a general contractor is not required. Therefore, the typical profits associated with general contracting can be directed back into the project.

We work for the client, and, in doing so, become your advocate benefitting you both aesthetically and financially. We deliver a high standard of quality to designs of all price ranges.