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Bringing New Life
to Old Buildings

Architectural services dedicated to preserving and rehabilitating existing buildings and to creating new environmentally sensitive additions and alterations.


The goal of my architectural practice is to bring together style, utility, beauty and craftsmanship into distinctive and refined designs that are sensitive to the environment. I work closely with my clients to create sympathetic alterations and additions that preserve the characteristic features of the existing building. I am dedicated to design excellence, thoughtful and responsive consultation, technical proficiency and personalized professional services.



Thomas Saxby has over 30-years of experience with a variety of project types including preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings, custom homes and additions, and commercial tenant improvement.

  • Conceptual Design Studies
  • Space Planning
  • Schematic Design
  • Code Review
  • Construction Documents
  • Consultant Coordination
  • Bidding
  • Construction Administration
  • Facility Management Services
  • Preservation Studies


  • I first met Thomas while serving on a search committee for restoration of a historical building. After months of reviewing architects we selected him. That project did not go forward due to several factors. But years later when the need arose to find someone for my own home, I thought of Thomas. . He was easy to work with and brought so many good ideas to the plan.
    He made sure to incorporate our vision as well as his expertise toward keeping the design in
    the best interest of the style of the house.

    We have recommended him many times, always saying ” he’s not only a terrific architect, but a great guy, you’re gonna love him”…

    Cindy Frillman
    Sunol, CA
  • “We selected Thomas Saxby as the architect for the remodel of our 1890’s farm home for a number of reasons. First, based on an excellent reference we decided to take our initial meeting with Thomas. Second, after our initial meeting with Thomas we were impressed with his knowledge and respect regarding the integrity of old homes and knew this was just what we were looking for from an architect. Third and most important his ability to be innovative and ability to work with us, our ideas and the vision for the home.

    Our project was a major remodel demoing more than 50% of the home yet we still wanted to ensure the home had the feeling of an old farm home. That when you walked into the new sections of the home one would still think you were in the original areas. Thomas accomplished that objective with ease – in turn giving us a beautiful, very livable home.

    We absolutely love our home, visitors always comment on the unique beauty and liveability of our which would not have been possible without the insight and extra care that Thomas provided. We would and have recommended Thomas Saxby to anyone considering his services.”

    Dirk Christiansen and Kelly Minor
    Sunol, CA
  • Thomas designed a stunning remodel/addition of our 1909 Queen Ann/Craftsman home. During the early stages, he heard our desires and made expert suggestions of his own to expand the house while retaining the original spirit. Thomas was very easy to work with and was receptive to changes when they were needed to keep us on budget.

    With amazing vision, Thomas paved the way to take our 2 bedroom, 1 bath home to 4 bedrooms, 3 baths and an updated kitchen. His attention to detail was second to none and left us, our contractor, and all of the neighbors in awe.

    If we had to do it all over again, Thomas would, without a doubt, be our man!

    Ruth Yagiz
    Oakland, CA
  • Tom is great. Talented, thorough, and most of all incredibly responsive. Highly recommended! Our house – an extensive remodel in SF – has turned out great thanks to Tom.

    Bruce Levin
    San Francisco , CA
  • Thomas listens well and is easy to work with. His attention to details, completeness of work, and ability to communicate make the process enjoyable. (We’ve changed design directions 6 times before deciding what would work with our space.) With the upcoming communication challenges, with a myriad of contractors and sub-contractors, my wife and I appreciate that we are starting with someone who is responsive to our questions and issues. I can only say good things about Thomas and his work.

    Craig & Jiji Pollock
    Walnut Creek, CA
  • The experience we had with Thomas Saxby was excellent. Starting with the design, he was responsive to our needs and was able to design a beautiful home for the family within the constraint of the budget. During construction, Thomas Saxby was very responsive to both the contractor’s and my questions and was instrumental in the progress of construction in a very smooth manner. I had a chance to select from a large pool of S.F. Bay Area architects given the type of business I am in. I could honestly tell you Thomas Saxby was the right choice for us.

    Waleed Alrawi, HTC Engineers
    Walnut Creek, CA





Call: 510 337 1720