Designing & Building Lifestyles
Ruins to Renovation (RTR) is a full service design-build firm that believes function should always be served by form, and form should always be exquisite.
Whether it’s from the ground up or a remodel, RTR works from the inside-out versus the outside-in approach of a traditional architect. RTR is always thinking how to use design to create spaces that bring families and people together. It’s a philosophical approach that is in everything we do. It’s the architecture, the engineering, the design, and the way natural landscapes from outside are integrated into the warmth and intimacy of the interior living spaces. Although each RTR project has its own inherent style based on the existing structure, the common thread is homes and spaces that combine effortless functionality with peaceful beauty.
RTR’s process begins with in-depth consultations concerning a client’s needs, desires and design preferences, with owner and head designer Ruth Black. Then, drawing upon the expertise of RTR’s in-house think tank consisting of a LEED certified contractor and engineer, master carpenter, mason, painter, and landscape expert, Black is able to create architectural drawings that solve even the most challenging situations with clean, elegant design. Because the project’s design has been developed and shared with the entire team, the building process is not only seamless and cost-efficient but also a true expression of each craftsman’s excellence.
on Kitchens: “Kitchens today are the center of life in a house. We do heavy planning and detail work, ensuring our kitchens not only look gorgeous but work effortlessly, encouraging families to put down their phones (especially kids), cook, talk, taste, play, enjoy and connect with one another.”
on Gardens: “Gardens, even small ones in boxes, change everything about a space. Used correctly, they can masterfully delineate outdoor space into intimate outdoor rooms, direct people’s movement through the space, and my very favorite thing a garden does is make a space warm and inviting.”
on Interiors: “When the last nail is hammered in, and the building part of the project is done, creating interiors unique to each client is essential.”
on the Best Feeling in the World: “Finishing a complete remodel—top to bottom, inside and out—and seeing our client relax and enjoy it.”