Tight Knot specializes in the design and construction of custom residential spaces in New Hampshire and surrounding areas. The company began with a focus on wood construction and decks, and has expanded into custom built-ins, architectural renovations, additions, and custom home building. The team is led by the Adam Lans, who is a trained architect and experienced carpenter. The idea behind the company is to eliminate the homeowners' need to hire different designers and builders for their project. With one skilled design builder, the homeowner has the protection of streamlined cost, communication, and a coherent project vision. Tight Knot is particularly different than other design builders in that the company is driven by the founder's design philosophy and training. All concepts are focused on space and the users experience first. This means that concepts are driven by functionality, where the art of the projects lie within the details of how the components come together. This way of thinking is rooted in modern architect Mies Van Der Rohe's saying, "Less is More." This philosophy requires careful execution, and a collaborative design process between the homeowner, the designer, and the place. This level of thinking is applied to each project, no matter how big or small. This thinking can also be utilized to reduce costs as well.Each project reflects a vision suitable for the homeowners' most base living needs, and for the character of their home and life. If you appreciate our work, and are thinking of a project, we encourage you to reach out to us. We want to work with anyone who wants what we do.


We were pleased to find a designer that was also the builder. We valued the team's commitment to quality craftsmanship and their creativity in solving design challenges. It was great to work with a contractor that excelled with communication. We love our new deck and are thrilled with its unique design!  

Adam was very professional, responded quickly, and his designs were exactly what we needed!

I was very impressed with Adam's design instincts.

Adam and his team did a fantastic job on my house in Manchester!


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I’m originally from New Rochelle, New York, and received my Bachelors of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. I moved to Seattle Washington immediately after schooling to learn about the booming building industry. I worked in construction for years in Washington as an alternative to pursuing traditional architecture in an office.

I was driven to become a design builder after making several observations about the building industry. An issue I observed among practicing architects is a disconnect between what they draw, and what is constructed in reality. In many projects, I noticed the architect being unequipped to design with fabrication in mind. Similarly, I noticed builders neglecting the art of what they were working on. These limitations lead to a compromised final product. Naturally, I always wanted to see my vision come to life, and was never satisfied relying on other tradespeople to modify it. I made it my goal to integrate an old tradition of architecture, where the architect is also the builder. I've utilized what I've learned to create a company which delivers a special high quality service for clients.