We design homes for people in search of an exceptional life.

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There are over 120 million uninspired and dispassionate homes in the United States today. We are on a mission to provide people expertly tailored homes to set the scene for their exceptional life stories.


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design approach



We seek to best understand you and your family by exploring the short stories that comprise your each and every day.



With our newfound insight into everything you, we craft a meaningful and actionable set of goals for your project.



The first step on the course to reach your goals involves generating a ton of incredible ideas in a fast and loose manner.



With our ideas collected, we craft a multitude of design solutions aimed at exploring all possibilities to reach your goals.


Test & refine

With the aide of 2D, 3D, and virtual reality visualizations, we test our prototypes by sharing and engaging in dialogue with you.




Our story

Founded in 2018 by husband and wife Matthew Gummow and Emily Rolfing, Alder James grew out of a desire to improve our lives through our own unique take on place-making. From the very beginning, we’ve been fortunate to partner with incredible clients on life-changing projects. As we grow, we continue to build vital relationships, improving our capacity for collaborative success.

Every home we design is important to us. We approach each project, big or small, with the same enthusiasm and adherence to our core principles. If you've come to share your dreams with us in the hopes that we can help you get there, welcome. We would be honored to join you on one of the most exciting and rewarding journeys of your life. Please contact us to start a conversation.

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