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Matt Raphael

Raphael Design Inc

After receiving his BA from the University of Virginia School of Architecture, Matt Raphael worked briefly for an architect and then a builder before deciding to start his own design/build company 15 years ago. He has since specialized in creative solutions for all areas of the home, from furniture to new construction.

What has most inspired the design in your home? The wood itself. I get inspired by the beauty of the old-growth fir we use from reclaimed timber, and I love to show it off and complement it with walnut and other natural materials.

TIP Make recycling a top priority during your remodel by reusing products from the old home or sending them to the ReBuilding Center. “Reused lumber has great old character and a great story to tell.”