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building Lab is an innovative design-build firm specializing in high-end residential remodeling. We are passionate about modern design, dedicated to precision quality construction and committed to green building practices. Discovering innovative solutions for the specifics of program and context is the challenge we gladly accept. Along with a collaborative spirit, these converge in a unique ability to offer intelligent, practical and sustainable solutions in support of our clients' goals.

the bL story

building Lab was founded in 2001 by Stephen Shoup who received his architecture training at UC Berkeley(M. Arch) and The Architectural Association in London. With a dedication to a holistic approach to the design and building processes, Stephen created an innovative firm specializing in high-end residential remodeling. Over the years, he has assembled a team of talented architects, designers, and carpenters who collectively have decades of experience with everything from kitchen and bath renovations to new construction and whole-house remodels. Our expertise ranges from concept sketches through permitting, construction and finish details. Many projects include fabrication of custom cabinetry and landscape design.


Green building principles and practices are part of our DNA. The majority of bL’s designers and carpenters are certified Green Building Professionals and principal Stephen Shoup is a qualified Green Point Rater and Advisor. We look forward to the day when building green will simply be building. To speed that scenario along, we always bring the ‘greenest’ options to the table for consideration in all of our endeavors. Very often, going green doesn’t appreciably raise costs or compromise quality. In those cases, we simply choose what’s best for the environment. This might mean specifying formaldehyde-free sheet goods, OVE(optimal value engineering) framing, or low/zero VOC(volatile organic compound) paints. When there are significant price differences, however, we always solicit input from our clients as we weigh budgetary, performance, and architectural factors. At the start of each project, we do our best to learn what our clients’ green priorities are. The term ‘green’ has many different meanings. One person’s most pressing green issue may be indoor air quality, whereas another’s may be the carbon footprint of building materials used, while yet another may care most about water and energy consumption. Whatever the clients’ environmental concerns are, we try to address them in the most responsible and cost-effective manner.