Designing high performance homes requires layers of detailing.  A key factor in the performance of your home includes the critical design of your home’s walls, roof, and foundation, also known as the envelope. Understanding the best way to keep the envelope dry and insulated are details that determine the longevity of your home and its performance.  A high performance home will lower your utility bills while increasing your comfort.  This type of home will minimize pollutants and will maintain a balanced system of heating, cooling, and fresh air.  High performance details will lead to exceptional durability and minimal maintenance. These are thoughtful details that we see as essential and these are the details homeowners should expect.

We provide quality workmanship, keen aesthetics, and generous service.  Your home will have precision in craft and high style.  We will present you with options that you may not have considered and combinations that are new.  We want to make sure you have the time to select all the finishes well before we need them and we will follow a schedule that you can understand.  You can be as involved as you want to be in this process so that your home expresses you.


Alvaro is our chief builder with an expertise and continued studies in building science. His latest endeavors have led to him becoming a Zero Energy Ready Home partner and his completing multiple homes through the ZERH program.  Alvaro’s attention to all the fine details is the key to making him not only a builder, but also an essential right arm to any design project. His extensive career in home building gives him a real advantage when working with and coordinating all the trades.  He brings patience, enthusiasm, and tremendous knowledge to each project.

  • Licensed Contractor Westchester, NY
  • ZERH partner
  • Lead Certified
  • Licensed NY Real Estate Agent


Meg is our lead designer.  She has 30+ years experience in both residential and commercial design. Pulling from her earliest roles as a design director in commercial architectural firms, she has a clean aesthetic that focuses on thoughtful planning and functional style. With the incorporation of the ZERH program into our projects, further education in energy saving design techniques, indoor air quality, and sustainability for high performance homes has been at the forefront of her work.  Her broad scope of experience in design, real estate development, and real estate investment brings greater perspective to our projects.

  • NCIDQ Certified


We believe simplifying makes everyone happier.  By offering a full scope of design and construction services, we simplify the process with a single point of contact.  A single source of information allows for seamless communication, informed decisions, thoughtful details, and a timely and positive transition for homeowners into their new home.

Clients usually have a problem we need to solve.  We have a depth of services that address most all of the needs we can imagine. We use our services to educate and inform so that you can have not only a problem solved but a new way of living that is mindful of your lifestyle and enhances the performance of your home. The following is a list of our services but give us a call if you can’t find what you need:

New construction
ZERH building
Pre-construction assessment and budgeting
Design drawings
Construction drawings
Building permit submission
Specification & procurement of furniture, fixtures & finishes
Custom Cabinetry

Every step of the way communication was clear, they were exceedingly patient and offered helpful suggestions to ensure our new house would meet our needs, and the budget and timeline were kept on track.  The process and final product exceeded our expectations–we cannot speak more highly of Meg & Alvaro!
They are very communicative and efficient and conduct their business with the highest level of integrity. The price of the project was very fair. In regards to design, they made multiple excellent recommendations throughout the project which led to a final product that completely exceeded our expectations.
Immediately, they were able to make intelligent suggestions that improved space, work flow and aesthetics. Extremely detail oriented and professional, our full kitchen renovation (w/ electric and HVAC upgrades) was within clearly defined budgets and timelines. We found Meg and Alvaro extremely easy to deal with and would highly recommend working with them.
I am in the business of commercial construction and I recognize quality when I see it. I was originally referred to them from a commercial architect in my industry. That would make two people in the industry that recommend Pillar & Pen.
They were patient in sitting down to understand our needs and made very good recommendations on everything!
Very professional service, impeccable workmanship, very reliable.

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