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Rossington Architecture

1505 Bridgeway, Sausalito, CA, USA

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‘20 Certificate of Excellence, 2020

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Rossington Architecture is a full-service architectural firm dedicated to excellence in design and design management. Founded in 1999, the firm's work focuses on residential projects, including additions, renovations, new homes, multi-family housing and mixed-use.

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13 April 2020

Phil did an amazing job with our home remodel. What you expect from an architect is wonderful design skills, which we got. What was unexpected was the amount of help that we received from Phil at the onset of the project--without him we would never have been able to pull this off. This ranged from helping us find a great contractor to helping us deal with those scary moments that come with every big project. More...

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18 February 2019

Phil is a pleasure to work with - thoughtful, thorough and inventive. We hired Phil to do a top to bottom remodel of our 1906 arts and crafts San Francisco home. The vision was to update key living areas (kitchen, master bedroom) in a way that doesn't clash with the rest of the house. The best complement I can give him is that I didn't realize what a great job he had done until we moved into our newly remodeled home and experienced how wonderfully the new spaces worked and how well they harmonized with the parts of the house we had always loved. Highly recommended! More...

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18 February 2019

Phil is a pleasure to work with - thoughtful, thorough and inventive. We hired Phil to do a top to bottom remodel of our 1906 arts and crafts San Francisco home. The vision was to update key living areas (kitchen, master bedroom) in a way that doesn't clash with the rest of the house. The best complement I can give Phil is that I didn't realize what a great job he had done until we moved into our newly remodeled home and experienced how wonderfully the new spaces worked and how well they harmonized with the parts of the house we had always loved. Highly recommended! More...

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14 February 2019

We hired Phil to design our home from scratch. Not only did he incorporate all of our needs and wants, he thought of so many additional, wonderful details that have made our new home an amazing, comfortable place to raise our family. We couldn’t be happier with the results.

He was heavily involved from the first meeting where we conveyed our thoughts to the very end as the contractor and landscaper worked on the finishing details.

Phil patiently went back-and-forth with us as we worked to finalize the plans. He helped us navigate the city/planning department, find engineers (civil, soil, etc.), and most importantly he was onsite to work closely with our contractor throughout the entire build to ensure the work was performed to our specifications. His attention to detail cannot be overstated.

Phil is a wonderful, honest professional who we would highly recommend.
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14 February 2019

I worked with Phil on 2 different projects. First, a 3 unit building after a fire and then a 4 bedroom new house. I would hire Phil again.

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13 February 2019

Phil has designed the last two homes I lived in. The first one I purchased directly from the contractor and loved Phil's design and sense of space. The second home he designed for me was a total build from the ground up of a 2 unit building in SF that was destroyed in a fire. I wanted to go in a different direction on this one and Phil came up with an amazing design. He is awesome to deal with and very straightforward. He made great suggestions some I listened to some I did not. To be honest most of the ones I didn't listen to I now regret. I didn't have the vision he had and wish I had been more open minded. I honestly cant say enough about the guy he is great More...

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13 February 2019

Phil has designed the last two homes I lived in. The first one I purchased directly from the contractor and loved Phil's design and sense of space. The second home he designed for me was a total build from the ground up of a 2 unit building in SF that was destroyed in a fire. I wanted to go in a different direction on this one and Phil came up with an amazing design. He is awesome to deal with and very straightforward. He made great suggestions some I listened to some I did not. To be honest most of the ones I didn't listen to I now regret. I didn't have the vision he had and wish I had been more open minded. I honestly cant say enough about the guy he is great More...

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6 February 2019

What a nice person!  We are getting ready to do a kitchen remodel and needed some hard to acquire information about a super green countertop.  Phil had experience using the material (paperstone) in a project and freely provided information we were having difficulty obtaining from other sources.  If our project were not so far away from the San Francisco Bay area, we would use him for the project. More...

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5 September 2017

Phil has done several jobs for us, most recently a laundry room/pantry and backyard remodel. He created a combo grill enclosure and bench that we absolutely love. It keeps the wind at bay and is a great place for guests (or my husband) to sit and have a cocktail while I grill.

Phil is very good at "seeing" space. He has lots of great ideas and is able to incorporate function and design even in small spaces.

I highly recommend both Phil and his team.
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8 August 2017

Phil is a very thoughtful architect. Our extensive remodel and addition turn out wonderfully. He was able to save us money by utilizing as much of existing structure as possible.

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30 May 2017

Professional, thorough and personable

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7 September 2016

We hired Rossington Architecture to renovate our 1300 sq ft single family home in San Francisco. This was the first time we had done any type of remodel, and Phil was very helpful in walking us through the steps, connecting us with trustworthy general contractors and a structural engineer and providing some spreadsheets to keep track of the various finishes and fixtures that we would need to select and install. He and his team listened closely to what we wanted for the space and drew up plans that were even better than we imagined. They figured out how to give us a walk-in closet and how to expand the main bathroom to fit a double sink. In such a small house, these practical improvements made a world of difference for our every day living and for resale.

Phil was very respectful of our budget and had his associate architect, whose hourly rate was less than his, do as much of the work as possible to keep his fees down. After the remodel was complete, I've reached out to Phil with various questions, and he's always been responsive and helpful. He's even come back to talk through the logistics and options for putting on an addition in the future. If we decide to do that or to remodel a different house, Phil will be our first call.
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15 June 2015

Rossington Architecture designed and brought into being our dream house! While we could only envision a bigger box with a few more rooms, Phil saw canted ceilings, skylights, bonus rooms, a relocated open flooplan kitchen/living room, a beautiful feature wall and more. Phil created a floorplan that fit our family needs perfectly, even finding room for a "media" room/kids play area that we hadn't expected. His design sense and attention to detail is impeccable and we got great advice and oversight on everything from stucco finish to trim to lighting. He worked with us to be sure the plan fit our budget and helped identify subs (for cabinets, engineering and flooring, for example) that would do the same. His expertise working with the planning department, and helping to manage the workflow of the whole project were key to a very successful on time project. Couldn't be happier! More...

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13 May 2015

I had the opportunity to work with Phil on one of his residential projects and he was easy to collaborate with, thorough and completely professional. His work is clean and perfect, and his choice of materials is top notch. Phil takes the time to understand his clients and has the ability to make a space stylish, warm and functional all at the same time. I would highly recommend him. More...

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15 October 2014

I have worked on 3 big projects with Phil which should tell you something in itself. The last one was a complete tear down and Phil helped me manage the project while I was on the East Coast. He is a complete professional, helped with some very creative solutions and is extremely easy to work with. He listens very well and helps the client hone in on exactly what he/she is thinking. His attention to detail is really strong as well. I get many people asking me who I used for my house. I recommend him unconditionally.

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14 October 2014

Phil worked with us on a major remodel that took our house from an ugly box to the best looking house on the block, winning a Gold award for Best Exterior Face Lift from Qualified Remodeler magazine in the process. We also added square footage that made our living room, master bedroom and two bathrooms larger and more useable.

His experience in working with the city made the process of getting the necessary permits very smooth, without the delays we had come to fear. He always kept the budget in mind, never proposing grandiose plans that we could not afford. His contacts in the contracting community were instrumental in helping us to find a contractor we were comfortable working with.

Phil was always open to our ideas and incorporating them into his design. He was willing to help us pick out finishes where necessary, but also willing to work with finishes we picked out.

He is very flexible and has a good eye for design. That makes him great at making the adjustments to plans that are necessitated by changing circumstances. When aspects of our window design required adjustments due to city regulations, Phil helped to ensure that not only did the windows meet the requirement, they looked great as well. When the old stain on our floors couldn’t be completely removed to allow a lighter stain, he suggested black which we would never have considered. The floors ended up looking amazing. When a bathroom wall was opened up, we discovered a pipe that hadn’t been anticipated. This caused the bathroom to be a foot or so smaller than anticipated. Phil suggested using part of the lost space for a cabinet that is almost floor to ceiling. That cabinet is beautiful and the room is more interesting than it would have been without it.

He is attuned to how all aspects of the design will work together and the importance of getting the finishes just right. He never hesitated to say when he thought something wasn’t up to his high standards. He works well with contractors, effectively bridging the gap between our “vision” and the technical aspects needed to accomplish that vision.
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14 October 2014

Phil worked with us on a major remodel 2011 - 2012 that took our house from an ugly box to the best looking house on the block, winning a Gold award for Best Exterior Face Lift from Qualified Remodeler magazine in the process.  We also added square footage that made our living room, master bedroom and two bathrooms larger and more useable. His experience in working with the city made the process of getting the necessary permits very smooth, without the delays we had come to fear.  He always kept the budget in mind, never proposing grandiose plans that we could not afford.  His contacts in the contracting community were instrumental in helping us to find a contractor we were comfortable working with. Phil was always open to our ideas and incorporating them into his design.  He was willing to help us pick out finishes where necessary, but also willing to work with finishes we picked out.   He is very flexible and has a good eye for design.  That makes him great at making the adjustments to plans that are necessitated by changing circumstances.  When aspects of our window design required adjustments due to city regulations, Phil helped to ensure that not only did the windows meet the requirement, they looked great as well.  When the old stain on our floors couldn't be completely removed to allow a lighter stain, he suggested black which we would never have considered.  The floors ended up looking amazing.  When a bathroom wall was opened up, we discovered a pipe that hadn't been anticipated.  This caused the bathroom to be a foot or so smaller than anticipated.  Phil suggested using part of the lost space for a cabinet that is almost floor to ceiling.  That cabinet is beautiful and the room is more interesting than it would have been without it.   He is attuned to how all aspects of the design will work together and the importance of getting the finishes just right. He never hesitated to say when he thought something wasn't up to his high standards.  He works well with contractors, effectively bridging the gap between our "vision" and the technical aspects needed to accomplish that vision. More...

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6 October 2014

Phil Rossington translated our vision of a major remodel of our house into a great architectural design.We have been back living in our home for 2 years now could not be happier.

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25 May 2013

We hired Phil as our architect on a couple of renovation projects that we did on our home over the past few years. One a major renovation, joining two previously separate units on two different levels; and a redesign of the garden area with water feature (we ripped out a large deck and started from scratch). Phil is both creative and pragmatic, which combined with his years of architectural experience makes for great solutions that use the space well and work from a practical point of view. Both of these projects won awards, one for the renovation design, and one for the garden design. The renovation was even featured in the SF Chronicle. Phil is easy going, easy to work with and takes a lot of the hassle out of dealing with contractors and the city. I liked the fact that he runs a small "boutique" architectural shop and the very personalized service that we got as a result. I am very happy to recommend Phil as an excellent architect who will shepherd you through the process and produce a great end result. More...

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26 April 2013

I worked with Phil/Rossington Architecture for my home kitchen/bathroom remodel project, completed May 2008. I am thrilled with the end results. Phil was patient (we started the first set of plans and drawings in 2005) and flexible (balanced achieving a great design with what could be done physically and within my budget). He was a great collaborator and resource throughout the project - recommending contractors and vendors, working with the contractor, amending plans, etc. I would use Phil & Rossington Architecture again and recommend him and his work. More...

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24 March 2013

We bought a 2 bed/1 bath in San Francisco's West Portal neighborhood. Good area, but house was old (not much done to it since its building back in 1920s), dark, cold, creeky, and too snug for our family of four. We wanted to remodel and expand to a 3/2.

We talked to several architects -- we found Phil Rossington in a newspaper article that highlighted his work. We had not heard of him before. After our initial meeting to discuss what we were looking for, we had a good feeling about him. In the end, he was the right choice: He's smart, professional, honest and has a great eye for design.

He drew up plans for basically a total makeover. The thing to know about Phil is that he's very detail-oriented. That seems to be his reputation among contractors. He thinks everything through, and can easily toggle from a macro view to a micro (down to the fixtures, which we relied on him to help us pick). So what you get is really the complete package (when it came to paints/stains, he deferred to his colleague Gale, a color consultant who also knocked it out of the ballpark with her choices).

The end result? A beautiful house that's a pleasure to live in. It's bright (with skylights), warm, cozy, modern. It exceeded our expectations (and we had high expectations). We constantly get compliments from both friends and complete strangers (walking by). We often see people stop in front of our house and point (we're assuming for good reasons).

Yes, with any remodel, cost is a concern. Phil offered lots of options and ideas on how to reduce expenses and manage our budget.

We'd use his services again in a heartbeat. Rossington Architect comes with our highest recommendation. If you're like us, you only want to remodel once -- so do it right the first time. Go with Phil.
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24 March 2013

Phil comes with our highest recommendation. We'd use his architectural services again in a heartbeat. He turned our 2 bed/1 bath in San Francisco into a beautiful 3/2 without breaking the bank. Our home is now bright, warm, cozy and modern. Lots of compliments. He's very detail-oriented, has a great design eye, and was honest, professional, and efficient throughout the whole process. We relied on him heavily to also help us pick out fixtures; use his colleague Gale for color consultation. You can't go wrong. Believe me, you only want to do a remodel once. Do it right the first time and go with Phil. I knew nothing about him before the project -- we found his name in a newspaper article highlighting his work -- but would not hesitate recommending him to our closest friends and family. We trust him that much. More...

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15 March 2013

Phil Rossington was a pleasure to work with. His attention to the details and thoughtful direction really made the difference in our project. He's receptive to suggestions and concerns with the goal of driving solutions and client satisfaction. Phil and his office were quick to provide assistance during the project and helped keep all involved on the same page as the project progressed. We would gladly work with Phil again. More...

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13 March 2013

To say Phil transformed our house is an understatement! Phil helped us from coming up with a concept and stayed with us on the project until the final touches of construction were done. Phil exceeded our expectations in providing us with a workable design in spaces where we didn't think it was possible. Phil went above and beyond to help us when we needed it most. He has very creative ideas without being imposing on our choices and he was very mindful of our budget and appropriately delegated work to his assistants where possible. Thanks Phil so much for making our house wonderful! More...

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12 March 2013

To say Phil transformed our house is an understatement! Phil helped us from coming up with a concept and stayed with us on the project until the final touches of construction were done. Phil exceeded our expectations in providing us with a workable design in spaces where we didn't think it was possible. Phil went above and beyond to help us when we needed it most. He has very creative ideas without being imposing on our choices and he was very mindful of our budget and appropriately delegated work to his assistants where possible. Thanks Phil so much for making our house wonderful! More...

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11 March 2013

Phil is a fantastic architect. He provided very creative options for my remodel while incorporating my specific needs. Phil worked well with the contractor & inspectors & was very timely with all my requests. He provided great guidance with respect to vendors as well. I would highly recommend Phil to anyone seeking a trustworthy professional with great ideas. More...

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10 March 2013

Phil was the architect on a major renovation we did a couple of years ago. He was great - a pleasure to work with. He listened thoughtfully during the planning stages, incorporated our input carefully, and worked well with the contractor and structural engineer throughout the project.

I couldn't recommend Rossington Architecture more highly.
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8 March 2013

Phil Rossington translated our vision of a major remodel of our house into a great architectural design and saw the project through to completion.

We have been back living in our home for almost a year and could not be happier.
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8 March 2013

"I hired Phil in 2005 for an extensive remodel of my top floor flat and was very pleased with both the process and result. He helped us stay within budget despite multiple unknowns and had great creative ideas for maximizing and opening up the space. He was very attentive all throughout the process and is incredibly detail oriented, which helped the contractors attend to the things they may have forgotten!

The end product was fantastic and in keeping with the era of the building, yet with the modern amenities of today's living. I was so pleased, that I am working with him again on a design of a deck. We start construction tomorrow"
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7 March 2013

We hired Phil Rossington to be our architect when we gutted, and completely remodeled our house. The project took a little over a year and many, many decisions were made. Phil was absolutely instrumental in us, four years post remodel, being extremely happy with our home. He's a very skilled architect who helped us to organize our ideas, improved them, and ultimately came up with a design that really fit both our aesthetic and practical needs. In addition to Phil being a great architect, his down to earth, style made him an absolute pleasure to work with. He's a great communicator, efficient, responsive, and just a really nice guy. In the long year that we worked together, Phil was consistently a source of great support and a pleasure to work with. We recommend him highly! More...

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7 March 2013

Phil came to us based on the recommendation of a friend and we found him very professional and creative in translating our renovation expectations into reality. We found a sample in Phil’s portfolio of an upstairs expansion that had the look and feel we hoped to achieve in a new master suite built in a long vacant basement. Phil exceeded expectations in designing and working with our contractor to make the room better than we imagined. The project was especially difficult as we hired a contractor who quickly got in over his head. But Phil's diligence, patience, and attention to detail rubbed off on the contractor and the project turned our perfectly.

Phill is creative and exhibited a great ability to translate our vision into a better reality than we could imagine. It would be difficult, if not impossible, to find another service provider (in any field) with Phil's skills. Needless to say, Phil is the only architect on our list if we need further work or are asked for a recommendation.
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7 March 2013

Phil Rossington was my architect on a 3 unit building in the SF Marina after a fire. Phil is the best to work with - very creative, thorough, professional, honest and easy to work with. He was involved with the project until the end and I would highly recommend him. I would love to do another project with Phil! More...

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13 December 2012

Phil Rossington is a talented Architect with whom we have collaborated on multiple projects over the years. His talents lay in well drawn plans, fast response to questions, a good eye for creating light and ambiance and an ability to mesh divergent architectural styles together to create a seamless flow.
He provides options to the Homeowner which allow for a balance between budget, design and use of space, and is talented at taking advantage of unused spaces to obtain greater living area.
As a Builder, I find Phil easy to work and communicate with, and very responsive. We have always been proud of every job that we have completed with him, including several award winning projects.
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I love being able make my clients ideas tangible. To turn their houses into finely detailed homes that they can enjoy and be proud of for the rest of their lives.

I wanted to be in control of my destiny, drive every aspect of the design process and be an integral part of transforming my clients home experience.

We are a boutique firm, specializing in the intricacies of single family residential work. We cater to the client and put their needs at the forefront of all decisions.

We work with the latest modeling software which allows us to efficiently collaborate with local consultants and contractors.

All employees are vaccinated, and we assure there are a minimum number of air exchanges in the office every day. We also use a modeling software that allows for remote workers.

Services

We provide all architectural design services - including interior design - for new construction, remodels and additions.

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