About

Four over One Design, LLC is a woman-owned preservation design and consulting business, founded in 2009.  4/1 focuses on the older houses around the Triangle area, and relishes taking a building that has been altered over time  and putting it back to rights while bringing it up to modern standards at the same time.

PO Box 355, Durham, NC 27702 – sara@fouroverone.com – 919.381.7774

About the owner, Sara Davis Lachenman:

Originally from Chapel Hill, NC, I completed an undergraduate degree in Studio Art from Smith College.  While I knew nothing about the field of preservation then, I loved the old buildings on campus and the sense of place they conveyed.  After a few years working at UNC, I attended graduate school at UNC-Greensboro and received a MS in Interior Architecture with a concentration in Historic Preservation – setting me up perfectly at the intersection of preservation and design.

I founded 4/1 after completing three years as the Director of Design and Preservation with Trinity Design/Build, where I worked directly with the contractors to complete 17 renovations, additions, and remodels.  Now, I particularly appreciate being able to customize my services to what a client really needs for a given project.  After all, no two houses (and no two families!) are the same.

My husband, son, dog, and I live in a quirky house originally built as a duplex in Old North Durham, and happily feel like we are in the center of the universe.  We love vintage motorscooters, local food and drink, and Durham in all ways.