Our name, our mission
In business since 2010, Arocordis Design grew out our sense of mission to help our clients and communities thrive by design. To fuel this mission and echoing our own creative process, we devised and created our name from two Latin words we melded together to form our name, aro and cordis.
About our firm
Arocordis Design provides a wide range of architectural, planning, strategy, and other creative services. We also make art which we sell along with custom commissions. We serve clients in Vermont and beyond, and virtually. Led by principal architect, Stephen M. Frey, AIA - LEED AP, we leverage his extensive quarter-century plus of experience with design of residential, commercial, institutional, and planning project experiences and project management skills.
On every project, large or small, we focus on your needs in ways not always possible in larger firms. When you hire Arocordis Design you receive the full-attention of Stephen Frey who leads every project. To ensure consistency and quality, depending on the needs of the project, we often collaborate with other design professionals and engineers to create a personalized yet professional design experience.
In short, we dedicate our work to you, and your family to help you thrive in your home and be at your very best. We have provided services all around central and northern Vermont from for home renovations, additions, and new custom homes. At other firms before Arocordis Design, we draw from extensive experience with net-zero high-performing energy efficient design, multi-family design and mixed-use development with residential components.
Nature near: Integration of indoor and outdoor spaces and natural elements is a theme we passionately pursue in all levels of our work with a modern-spirited sense of style and character. Growing up in Vermont taught Stephen Frey the value of connecting to nature within architecture and placemaking.
Early influences: Frank LLoyd Wright influenced Steve at an early age and other 20th century architects like Richard Neutra and Carlo Scarpa, leading Steve to seek to balance authenticity in materiality choices and space making with a sense of place borne from pragmatism of New England. In his building layout and planning design, Steve is always concerned about connecting interior and exterior spaces, views, and building orientation with the work he does. He’s as much interested in the entry sequence from outside to in and inside to out as he his with the details of rooms and building systems, furniture layouts, and other design choices.
Sustainable Choices: Arocordis Design is committed to providing energy efficient design and planning services befitting your budget and priorities. This includes resilient green design in combination with renewable energy sources in healthy and recyclable material choices, low-energy building enclosures with high insulation and air-sealing levels, electrical, lighting, heating and cooling systems.
We prefer where possible designing for natural cooling strategies well-suited to northeastern cold-climates and beyond. We also endorse and use advance wood framing design which enables more cost-effective and successful energy efficient design solutions.
Our residential design services range from early planning services such as programming, home-master planning to detailed space-planning, floor plans, elevations, details, and interior design. We can help with local permitting, cost-estimating, building and material specifications, delivery options, and builder selection.
We are award winning with two service awards from houzz recently from 2019 and 2016. We strive to provide timely, creative, and responsive service to the families we work with.
Read on for more about that in our next section which lists the types of services we provide. Click here if you would like to tell us about your project and contact us.