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Good Karma | Architect Jason Boyer’s New Firm Focuses on Environmentally Friendly Living

Jason Boyer’s architect-led real estate development firm’s newest Phoenix project Karma focuses on intentional and sustainable living.

Architect and developer Jason Boyer finds value in being involved in every aspect of the home design process, and with his new company Boyer Vertical, he integrates sustainable architecture, development and construction all under one roof with a bias towards being environmentally friendly. His past work, including the eclectic artHaus, has been recognized with design awards from the American Institute of Architects, AZRE RED Awards and with the Chicago Athenaeum American Architecture Award.

“I grew up in the Midwest outside of Chicago, in the second largest city in Illinois, Rockford,” says Boyer. “I’ve been in Arizona now for more than half my life, I came out here to go to graduate school.”

Now in his 27th year in the Phoenix area, Boyer lives with his wife Karen, daughter Kennedy and their two dogs, Zeus and Max.

“I’ve used the pandemic to really kind of prioritize what was important in my life and my family’s life, and decided that this is the right opportunity to do a reboot,” says Boyer. “I reformulated my professional company infrastructure, started Boyer Vertical and restarted my sustainable architectural practice.”

His first project with Boyer Vertical is Karma, a group of 11 environmentally friendly, two-story homes in the Madison Heights neighborhood of North Central Phoenix. Set to deliver in Spring 2022, Karma offers three different floor plan options ranging from 2,380 to 2,610 square feet.

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“It’s been about a year in the making, and it’s a really unique property,” says Boyer. “I think it’s the best project that I’ve done, because of its architectural quality, it is accessible from a price point, it has a diversity of people that can live there, and the spaces are just light-filled and bright, cheery, modern and clean.”

Each Karma home has four bedrooms, 2.5 or 3.5 baths, a two-car garage and a private backyard that makes pet ownership simple.

“Thinking about the pet actually as a family member is really important, because you’ll get people that will just say, I need outdoor space, and I just want to be able to let my pet out,” says Boyer. “In Karma, each home has a uniquely defined outdoor living space that extends the livability, which is really essential, as we’ve learned through the pandemic.”

Boyer views sustainable living as an integral part of architecture, and with Karma, he offers features like skylights, which provide natural light, and solar panel upgrades. Plus, each home was designed to meet or exceed a Home Energy Rating System Index score of 50.

“As people are spending more and more time at home, they’re investing more in the quality of their living environment,” says Boyer. “The connectivity between the living space inside and outside cooking space is all really thoughtfully choreographed to create what I could call a really intentional living environment that allows homeowners to really get more out of their lives.”

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“As people are spending more and more time at home, they're investing more in the quality of their living environment,” says Boyer.

What’s next for Boyer Vertical after Karma?

“Being a business owner and entrepreneur, I always have to be looking out for what’s next, so I am in the early phases of crafting a new project, which will be in the Flagstaff area. It’s going to be a collection of environmentally friendly, modern cabins,” says Boyer. “Pause Up will be a place where people and families will go to reconnect with what’s important in their lives, to take a moment of pause and reconnect with nature.”

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