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Tennessee native, William Andrews, earned his degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee in 1982. His undergraduate studies also included extensive courses in landscape architecture from the University of Southern California at Berkeley. Bill's homes have received multiple national awards and have been published in several magazines such as Tennessee Living and City View. Since 2003, six homes have been featured in the Knoxville Museum of Art Holiday Home Tour. Another was chosen by the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra as their showcase house. With more than 27 years experience in the specialized practice of residential architecture and landscape design, Bill continues to increase his knowledge and refine his skills. He also travels throughout the U.S.A. and Europe, researching examples of historic and contemporary architecture.

Our Philosophy

William Andrews Architects is a full-service, architectural firm dedicated exclusively to the design of fine custom residences and extensive renovations. We enjoy working in both contemporary and traditional settings. The common theme in all our projects is the careful attention given to proper scale, proportions, and fine detailing to support the building as a whole. All of our projects start with careful site analysis to determine the best views, surrounding vegetation, topography, and sun orientation...supporting our belief that a beautiful building must fit the site as though it had always been there. Interior spaces are shaped by many factors simultaneously. Interior function, exterior views, interior focal points, natural lights and the elements of surprise are all challenges to consider and resolve. Our goal as architects is to fully engage our clients in the design process—to understand their needs, personality, and lifestyle. Our success is measured in how well a home expresses our client’s style. It is also expressed through the execution so that the style will be both functional and beautiful.




How Our Process Works

Step One: Schematic Design Phase
The process begins with an initial meeting between the client and the architect to gain an understanding of the client's functional needs, lifestyles, aesthetic preferences and budget requirements. Significant interaction and collaboration between the client and the architect occurs as the design phase progresses. The building will be fitted to the site, and then floor plans and exterior elevations will be generated. A scale model of the project may also be included in this phase, if requested by the client, or as deemed necessary to assist in the resolution of central design issues. An initial estimate of the cost of construction for the project will be presented to the client at the end of the Schematic Design Phase.

Step Two: Design Development Phase
Upon approval of the project's schematic design, the next phase begins. Design Development is not only the beginning of construction drawings for the project, but it is also when we refine the floor plans, exterior elevations, building scale, and proportions, as well as incorporate any additional modifications requested by the client into the building plans.

Step Three: Construction Documents Phase
This phase finalizes the drawings and documents initiated during the Design Development Phase. The proper details are chosen to support the character and style of the building as a whole. Structural framing plans are completed and coordinated carefully with all design aspects of the building. At the end of this phase, complete sets of construction documents are provided to the client and the builder selected to construct the building.

Step Four: Site Review Phase
We are often retained by our clients to provide site review during the construction of their home. In this process, we review the progress of the work, answer questions, assist the contractor in adherence to the construction documents and the integrity of the design intent while facilitating any changes required. If requested, we will liaison with interior designers to assist the clients in making final selections concerning colors, finishes, fixtures, and furniture.

Why Choose Us

We at William Andrews Architects aim to use our talent and professional experience to help guide our clients through the many decisions they encounter during the design and construction of their home. We strive to eliminate wasteful square footage, costly site mistakes, impractical furniture layouts, and poor aesthetic decisions that affect the overall visual character of the home. We enjoy collaborating with our clients, sharing ideas, and helping them evaluate the benefits, risks, and affects of the decisions they make. We help our clients visualize their home's potential through 3D modeling as well as scaled models throughout the design phase.



European Influence

Our client desired a classic, understated, European stucco exterior. Just twelve feet from the font door, this home borders a large creek with a bridge leading to guest parking in the foreground. A large screened porch is located at the rear of the home, off the kitchen and family room, which overlooks a natural rock garden and stream. View picture

Relaxed Sophistication

This home's expansion was created by the need to have more family room, garage space, and better kitchen service. The garage was pulled away from the main house and connected with a breezeway to maximize the flow of green space between the front and back yards. The home's new additions were intentionally designed to create the "ad hoc" charm of an old country estate. View picture

Respected Existing Traditions

This renovation expands in two directions. A new right wing is dedicated exclusively for the private master suite. In the rear of the home, a large public area has been added, including a family room finished in knotty pine, which creates a relaxed country feel. The screened porch functions as an outdoor living room while the kitchen, breakfast, and recreation rooms extend out to integrate with the pool and extensive landscaping. View picture

Indoor/Outdoor Living

The home adeptly blends the Greene and Greene architectural style of the 1900s with a contemporary, western-lodge feel. To maximize the interior views of main channel waters, many of the exterior corners of the house are composed of glass panels. The vanishing edge pool has also been strategically placed, enhancing the relationship of the house to the lake beyond it. View picture

Cottage Vernacular

Board and batten siding, cedar shakes, and stone were combined together in a comfortable collage to create this large country cottage. The kitchen, family, and breakfast rooms all focus upon an English courtyard garden while the study has its own private balcony that offers views into the wooded areas that surround the home. View picture

The New Old House

The owners requested that their new home blend in seamlessly with those in the surrounding neighborhood built in the 1920s-30s. Period building techniques were used throughout the house, and the interior detailing was deliberately kept subtle to reinforce the vintage feel. A narrow lot mandated that garages and guest parking be placed in front, but a skillful landscape plan used hedging and an alley of trees to create a formal, park-like enclosure at the entrance. View picture



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William Andrews Architects
5109 Holston Hills Rd.
Knoxville, TN 37914


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