Welcome to Yardstick Studio, LLC!

Custom Residential and Equestrian Architectural Design.

Yardstick Studio has its foundation in the traditions of artisans practicing their craft and the principle of the Architect as the “Chief” or “Master” Builder.  In an increasingly complex industry, the role of the architect has never been more critical for providing meaningful services to clients and architectural design of lasting quality and value.

Through Yardstick Studio, these services are provided within an integrative design process; a process that begins with initial consultations and continues well beyond the completed project.

While Rod Kazenske, architect and owner of Yardstick Studio, has designed and completed a variety of unique projects over the years, custom residential and equestrian projects remain the primary focus and passion for the firm.  Yardstick Studio's clients and projects have a common principle: Quality and Value through Custom, Innovative, and Exacting Architectural Design Solutions.

An award-winning architect, with over 35 years’ experience in architecture and construction, Rod has designed and constructed an array of outstanding projects over his career. His "hands-on" approach to project delivery instilled in him early, the value and benefits of an integrated system throughout the design and construction process. With the launch of Yardstick Studio, and an evolved process for client advocacy, contractor/supplier partnerships, and an integrated approach to project administration, Rod is expanding the quality and value of the architectural services he provides to his clients and continues to deliver innovative and exacting designs on current and upcoming projects.

Thank you for your interest in Yardstick Studio, LLC.  Please browse around the website and discover a little more about our projects and work.  And then, when you're ready with a few questions, or would just like to learn more, feel free to contact us.


Rod Kazenske,  Architect

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Now that you know a little about me, let’s talk a little about the Yardstick Studio architectural design process.  The design process can be organized and described in much the same way as a book; into Parts, Chapters, and Sections.  Each level refining the project in finer detail.  Just as every client is unique, so too will be the story behind each project.   Yardstick Studio’s client focused architectural services will guide you through the entire process; from the initial conceptual design through the completion of construction.  While there are many more details to fill the “Chapters” in, along the way, let’s start with an overview of the three main “Parts” of the Yardstick Studio process: Define, Design, and Construct.




The first Part of every project is to define the overall scope of the project and compiling the available information required, to ensure the project will meet the client’s needs.  This includes detailing the project requirements, quantifying budgetary considerations, and identifying any project constraints.  These elements become the “program” that guides the project and through the design and construction process.

Once the required parameters have been determined and the project scope has been clearly defined, the next Part of the process, Design, can begin!

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The objective of the design process is the completion of the set of Construction Documents for the proposed project.  These are the drawings and specifications that will be utilized to guide the project through the permitting and construction process.  While every project has its own set of requirements, and may follow slightly different design paths, custom design and the architectural design process can have several benefits and advantages:

  1. Focus – Custom architectural design will design to your exact needs and lifestyle - eliminating inefficient, unnecessary, or wasted space; this can lead to significant savings in construction costs and expenses.
  2. Fit - Custom architectural designed project are better suited to their context, allowing them to maximize the advantages of the surrounding site, such as natural amenities, daylighting, and views.
  3. Value –Custom architectural designed homes and facilities provide greater satisfaction and higher resale and appraisal value, as well as, have increased durability and lower maintenance and utility costs with the proper selection and detailing of materials and equipment.
  4. Vision – Custom architectural design provides innovative solutions that are more than just functional and practical, they create spaces of quality and health in which we can live and thrive.


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Of course, the goal of every project is its successful construction and completion.  Whether utilizing one of our select partner General Contracting firms, or choosing your own, we work collaboratively as a team.  This begins during the design process and then continues throughout construction, to ensure the goals and vision for the project are realized.  This also ensures a seamless transition into construction from the design phase, and maintains communication throughout the construction process.

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To learn more about our architectural design process, and how Yardstick Studio can help you with your next  project, give us a call or drop us a line!