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Our Background

Leaders in Custom Home Design

Founded in 1995 by Keith Shaw, AIA, Shaw Design Associates has crafted hundreds of unique residences in Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Durham, and other surrounding Triangle communities.  In the Chatham County neighborhood of Governors Club alone, we have designed over 300 homes which embrace the architectural styles of Contemporary, Craftsman, French Country, Modern and Classical.  In addition to custom residences, we have also been involved in area historic renovations, major additions, total transformations and community development.  Locally, our firm is the proud recipient of Best Architecture Firm award from Chapel Hill Magazine for 2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2016, 2015, and 2014.


We are committed to designing energy-efficient homes that embrace both intuitive sustainable principles, such as orienting a home to maximize natural light and ventilation, and state-of-the-art technologies. The result is a vast architectural portfolio of comfortable, eco-friendly homes that conserve natural resources and minimize building and utility costs.   Our company consistently works with builders that are Energy Star Certified and committed to advancing Green Initiatives.


Utilizing a client-driven team approach, the Shaw Design team focuses on functional everyday living, sustainability, and expressing each individual client's unique personal style.  We believe that the completion of a custom home relies on a team of experts.  We retain relationships with some of the finest and most seasoned industry professionals in and around Wake County, Chatham County, Orange County and Durham County. Every exact detail and aspect of the home - from site placement to lighting - is considered.  Our client communication, team collaboration, and outside-of-the-box thinking in our design approach is what has built our firm's reputation and made us a Triangle favorite for over 25 years.


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