Changing lives by creating beautiful, durable and efficient homes


Our goal is to provide energy efficient, super insulated, and zero energy ready homes to the market in a soulful and creative way. Your home should have a positive impact on your physical, mental and social well being. 




Emily Motramm - Architect

To bring super insulated, zero energy, and zero energy ready homes to the marketplace in a soulful and creative way. One of a kind, uniquely designed, positively solar.

Mottram Architecture specializes in energy efficient residential design or renovation. We design for cold climate building, but we think the impact of housing everywhere in the country is important and we strive to provide our clients with the best information available!

We practice integrated design and look at everything from water consumption, energy consumption, building envelope, orientation, and function.  Many homes are beautiful, but all homes should require less effort to operate and maintain. Our design philosophy is simple, attractive, and durable homes that use space efficiently. We are not hung up on the square footage of a home, but are more interested in how you live and how your home can best meet your needs.

Mottram Architecture is the reason our remodel is so functional till this day. Emily took the time to listen to our ideas, asked numerous questions, and really got a feel for what we wanted out of the project. She then walked us through several different design possibilities which incorporated new ideas for our old farm house. The functional use of space and getting what you want out of a project even when you might not know exactly what you want is the reason we would use Mottram Architecture again and recommend using them for a remodel or a new build.
— The Goulds
I met with Emily, of Mottram Architecture, through the recommendation of a high quality builder, as well as a business referral and I was immediately impressed with her sincere desire to get involved and jump right in to my project. We had a rough drawing and an exact house plan drawn out on 1” x 1” grid paper of our vision for our ‘Barn’ home. Emily took our dream and turned into a reality. She offered energy efficient suggestions and ways to help streamline our tight budget, and we had our first set of plans within a week. I can’t speak highly enough of her professionalism and feel that my husband & I have made a life-long friend. She has visited the build often and invested herself in us to the degree that we consider her our ‘go-to’ person with any type of question. She has gone above & beyond simply drawing up a set of plans and easily was worth 3 times what she charges. This is our third building project (1st with Emily) and she has made it effortless. From expanding our living room 4 feet into the garage; to curving the stairs; to adding a 24’ x 14’ covered porch; to adding a 10’ x 6’ horizontal window – she has been willing to work with us to make it happen and we have been delighted. I would willingly recommend Mottram Architecture and gladly use her for our next building project.
— The Burrell's