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Yardstick Studio specializes in Custom Residential and Equestrian Architectural Design and Planning.  Simply stated, we specialize in homes.  Whether it's a home for you and your family, or a home for your horse or horses, we provide inspired and innovative living solutions that focus on beauty, functionality, health, safety, and welfare.

 


RESIDENTIAL AND EQUESTRIAN

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ABOUT THE ARCHITECT

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ROD KAZENSKE

ARCHITECT, NCARB, ArCH

Rod Kazenske, Principle and owner of Yardstick Studio, LLC, is an award-winning licensed architect, with over 35 years’ experience in architecture and construction.  Before receiving a Master of Architecture Degree from Montana State University, his background in construction and construction technologies began early - framing houses, learning the plumbing and mechanical trades from his grandfather, and working in hardware stores and lumber yards.

 

After college, he joined Colorado Master Builders & Architects, where he spent the next 22 years expanding his construction and architectural knowledge - designing and constructing a ride range of custom architectural projects with the design/build firm.

In 2017, upon the retirement of his partner, and rather than dividing his focus between design and construction, Rod decided to focus solely on architecture with the founding of Yardstick Studio, LLC.  Bringing with him the knowledge and skills acquired through the years of design/build practice and applying them to his architectural design process.


WHY YARDSTICK?

So, as it turned out, one of the most challenging aspects of starting up the firm, was deciding on a name.  I didn't really want to name the firm after myself, and I also didn't want it to be too specific. I love the variety of projects I get the opportunity to design and I didn't want to limit myself to one specific project type and scope (check out the “Tangent Projects” page.  They are projects that are off the beaten path, but they were wonderful projects to design).  I also wanted a name that had meaning to me.  Then, sitting in my office one day, I happened to glance over at my collection of yardsticks leaning in the corner. One summer, as a teenager working for my grandfather, I was put in charge of handing out yardsticks at the county fair, where he and my grandmother had a booth for his plumbing, heating, & cooling company - Knox Heating and Cooling. That summer I saved one or two yardsticks, and well,  have been picking up yardsticks here and there ever since.  Some from the various hardware stores and lumberyards I have worked, others from suppliers and distributers, and occasionally some from friends.  They have come to represent some of the wonderful opportunities I have had throughout the years and some of the great people with which I have had the fortune of meeting and working. And, while not many places still give out yardsticks, to me they have come to represent ingenuity, craftsmanship, and a simple pride and love for your work.  Whenever someone handed me a yardstick that represented their company, it meant that they were proud of what they did, and that you were important to them as a customer or client.  It is in that spirit that I wanted to start Yardstick Studio and carry on those traditions of craftsmanship and pride in work.  And to give out yardsticks to my clients and friends, like I did for my grandfather.


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