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"Working with A&H Architecture was a terrible experience. We fired their firm the day the building permit was received for our kitchen remodel, nearly a year" after first contracting with them. Albertsson replaced several months in without warning or consultation, and we soon found that she lacked both vision and creativity and had difficulty capturing our goals for the project. We ended up doing significant amounts of design work ourselves; in essence, we hired a glorified, highly paid drafting firm rather than creative partners. They also missed every reasonable deadline: We signed a contract with them in May with the expectation that construction might be complete by Thanksgiving, six months later. By late October we still didn't have completed plans. Thanksgiving came and went, as did Christmas. They promised shovels in the ground by January, which also came and went. In early February they discovered a problem which required a variance -- a problem which we pointed out at our first site meeting back in June. They repeatedly assured us the construction permit would be issued the day after the final zoning meeting, and shovels would FINALLY go in the ground April 7th. When our builder went to the city to pick up the permit he was told that the plans required further review and that it would be another 10-15 business days before the permit would be issued -- a delay which at no time did A&H warn us about or even mention. (While somewhat outside of their control, the inclusion of elevations in the plans triggered the extra scrutiny; not only was this preventable, but they should have predicted it and warned us about the possibility of a delay.) The end result is that they missed the final and most important deadline of all -- our daughter's high school graduation party in early June. We recognized that the construction schedule would be tight as it was only 8 weeks from the scheduled groundbreaking, but we decided to hold the party under the assumption that we would at least have a floor, walls and running water. Due to the delay we were left scrambling for an alternate venue for 200 invited guests mere weeks away instead of holding her capstone party in the home in which she had grown up. (To add one more insult to already numerous injuries, they repeatedly told us to have the existing kitchen demolished by April 7; we ended up living out of the basement for weeks while the bones of the old kitchen stood empty above us.) At no point during this process did A&H communicate with us about the delay despite repeated emails on our part. In addition, we ended up doing almost all of the work to choose materials and colors with little help or guidance from them, despite prodding them about these issues beginning in October. By the time a small amount of help was finally offered up in mid-April, we had already spent several months and hundreds of hours doing our own research, footwork and color studies. Communication was poor and pleas for help -- or at least empathy -- often resulted in very delayed responses, or no response at all. In short, avoid A&H Architecture like the plague.

-DARIN W.

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" was great to work with, very responsive, and provided great suggestions for meeting city codes and maximizing the usable space. " met with the city officials to review the plans and help get their approval. We plan to use for our next commercial build-out as well. We would highly recommend his services.

-Bryan W.

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  • Working with A&H Architecture was a terrible experience. We fired their firm the day the building permit was received for our kitchen remodel, nearly a year after first contracting with them. Provider name locked. Albertsson replaced Provider name locked. several months in without warning or consultation, and we soon found that she lacked both vision and creativity and had difficulty capturing our goals for the project. We ended up doing significant amounts of design work ourselves; in essence, we hired a glorified, highly paid drafting firm rather than creative partners.
    They also missed every reasonable deadline: We signed a contract with them in May with the expectation that construction might be complete by Thanksgiving, six months later. By late October we still didn't have completed plans. Thanksgiving came and went, as did Christmas. They promised shovels in the ground by January, which also came and went. In early February they discovered a problem which required a variance -- a problem which we pointed out at our first site meeting back in June. They repeatedly assured us the construction permit would be issued the day after the final zoning meeting, and shovels would FINALLY go in the ground April 7th. When our builder went to the city to pick up the permit he was told that the plans required further review and that it would be another 10-15 business days before the permit would be issued -- a delay which at no time did A&H warn us about or even mention. (While somewhat outside of their control, the inclusion of elevations in the plans triggered the extra scrutiny; not only was this preventable, but they should have predicted it and warned us about the possibility of a delay.) The end result is that they missed the final and most important deadline of all -- our daughter's high school graduation party in early June. We recognized that the construction schedule would be tight as it was only 8 weeks from the scheduled groundbreaking, but we decided to hold the party under the assumption that we would at least have a floor, walls and running water. Due to the delay we were left scrambling for an alternate venue for 200 invited guests mere weeks away instead of holding her capstone party in the home in which she had grown up. (To add one more insult to already numerous injuries, they repeatedly told us to have the existing kitchen demolished by April 7; we ended up living out of the basement for weeks while the bones of the old kitchen stood empty above us.) At no point during this process did A&H communicate with us about the delay despite repeated emails on our part.
    In addition, we ended up doing almost all of the work to choose materials and colors with little help or guidance from them, despite prodding them about these issues beginning in October. By the time a small amount of help was finally offered up in mid-April, we had already spent several months and hundreds of hours doing our own research, footwork and color studies.
    Communication was poor and pleas for help -- or at least empathy -- often resulted in very delayed responses, or no response at all.
    In short, avoid A&H Architecture like the plague.
  • Provider name locked. was great to work with, very responsive, and provided great suggestions for meeting city codes and maximizing the usable space. Provider name locked. met with the city officials to review the plans and help get their approval. We plan to use Provider name locked. for our next commercial build-out as well. We would highly recommend his services.
  • CJ incorporating many special preferences and requests in the design of my very rough attic into a master suite, with clever closets and classy tiled shower. The result was beautiful, stunning.
    CJ was very patient walking me through the process. He had ideas that we used that improved the look and efficiency of our space. CJ was very professional and helpful.
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