Karin Payson architecture + design | Plath & Company

Plath & Company

Plath is a 70-person construction company based in the San Francisco. Their clients are primarily individuals who want to remodel, expand or build custom homes.

In 2001 the firm decided to move to San Rafael, where they found a 9000 square foot warehouse, then being used by its original owner as an auto parts store since the building’s construction in the 1975.

Plath wanted its office to be a showplace, where visitors can experience their high-quality construction first hand, “a comfortable space for clients and architects to meet.” The main entrance has an open ceiling, and niches in the walls that are used to display their collection of antique tools. The second floor work areas are well-lit and pleasant, with large new skylights, and partitions built of translucent material.

The offices are designed to accommodate future expansion, tool and material storage, and team work-areas for estimating and accounting departments, sales people, project managers, and work stations for field personnel.

Photos by Stephen Barker