BFD / Key Architecture.

BFD / Key Architecture, located on Tahoe's south shore, is an architectural design firm established in 1975. For over 45 years, we have been a driving force behind Tahoe's most captivating residential designs. More recently, we have also added commercial planning and design to our repertoire of skills.

From charming chalets to breathtaking lakefront estates and gravity-defying mountain-side marvels, we've transformed dreams into architectural wonders. Our streamlined design process ensures not just speed, but precision, and we foster open lines of communication between you and our talented team. Additionally, we are experts at navigating the permitting maze, making your project journey as smooth as a Tahoe breeze.

Our reputation speaks for itself: we're known for our quality of work and relentless dedication to every project's success. We are more than just a design team, we're your partners throughout the entire process - as we like to say, “We're there with you from the cocktail napkin to the cocktail party!”



BFD / Key Architecture is a Tahoe design firm established in 1975.

BFD / Key Architecture strives to complete projects in an accurate and timely manner. Our small team is dedicated to each client and many remain friends long after their project is complete. Check out our portfolio for ideas!

1 Design

Work with BFD / Key Architecture on your dream design! Provide us with your wish list, and our design team will sketch ideas for your review. Stop by our office and we can come up with ideas in real-time, or if you're traveling, we're happy to scan and email concepts as they develop.

2 Plan

Tahoe is known for its complex regulatory environment - our team is fluent in addressing City, County, and TRPA regulations as they apply to each individual project. We work behind the scenes to ensure compliance with various rules so you don't have to think about it! We address any issues early on so your project doesn't get bogged down in red tape further down the line.

3 Draft

As your design develops, we'll begin drafting the existing floor plans and elevations on the computer. We generally work in AutoCAD, but can provide 3D models upon request. We coordinate with various consultants to complete an entire submittal package including existing and proposed site plans, floor plans, elevations, electrical layout, and structural drawings.

4 Submit

Whether in California or Nevada, within TRPA bounds or beyond, we do it all! We are very familiar with the submittal process for all areas around Lake Tahoe. Generally, we submit projects to all relevant agencies on your behalf, but if you prefer to submit yourself, we're happy to provide you with everything you need for each jurisdiction.


New Construction

We'll help you get from an empty lot to a beautiful new property!


Don't like what you see? We'll work with you to create something beautiful.


Minor or major, all the walls gone or just a new kitchen, we're happy to help.


Need a little more space? We'll review your coverage and help you come up with options.


Since we understand what each agency requires, we can provide a time-line for the submittal process and have you building on your schedule.


Confused how to calculate coverage? Code requirements? Fire code? We have all these answers and more!


The Team

The tallest, so the captain.

Benjamin Fagan

Dear Leader

Quick to point out doing a great job!

Kirk Patterson

Happiness Hero

A butterfly flaps its wings in Boston and creates a rainbow in Tahoe

Natalia Wieczorek

The Architect

Finding 'x' is only important if you're a pirate.

Tristi Boldt

Integer Illusionist

Keeps us on our toes

Doug Miller

Dance Detective

When there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.


225 Kingsbury Grade, Ste. B
Stateline, NV 89449
+1 775-580-6288