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  • F
    Eco Handyman Builders
    GC was on the job for 4 months and was constantly doing things wrong. Found out after paying him $95k, he didn't pay some of the sub contractors. owner, Juan Contreras, disappeared and never returned calls or emails. one sub contractor put filed a mechanics lien on my building because they never got paid for the insulation installation.
    - Daniel D.
  • A
    Kristen Eva Kollias Architect
    We are just starting the renovation at this point, but Kristen did a great job with the plans. She met with us and listened to what we wanted, and then continued to tweak the plans until we were satisfied. She had good advice and insight into many of our concerns, since this is our first major renovation, and our house is almost 100 years old. Kristen met with us as needed, and then worked with our village to get the plans approved. We were thrilled with Kristen and would definitely call her again when we need an architect.
    - LISA S.
  • A
    DESIGNfirst Builders LLC
    DesignFirst exceeded expectations on both the design consultation process and construction.? I was impressed by their professionalism throughout, willingness to work with us on both large and small details, ability to anticipate potential?challenges,?and the overall quality of the finished construction.
    - Thomas B.
  • B
    His pricing was pretty consistent with two other quotes from people. He was pretty timely with his deadlines. I liked the options that he gave us and we ended up doing an option that we really liked. There was one fairly major miscalculation which our contractor was able to work through and figure out a solution. It ended up not being a huge deal when all was said and done. However, if we had a different contractor, I am not sure what would have happened. The overall accuracy of the stairs from the first floor to the second floor were not calculated right. Instead of being straight up, they needed to turn which impacted the size of another small window. It also affected the stairs below it. I don't know if all contractors would have done that or if they would have said, go back to your architect to fix it. I think it was a fair price. I think he was completely fair for the service that they provided and comparable to the other architects that we had quoted. He had some special characteristics  that we were looking for relative to experience with older homes.
    - Jennifer A.
  • F
    Ricardo Garcia Architects
    I?m afraid Mr. Garcia is a victim of Angie?s List success, a
    condition in which a high-ranked vendor is overwhelmed with requests for
    services and can?t keep up. Mr. Garcia came to our house on April 29 to talk
    about the work we wished to do. He explained that he was very busy but would
    have time in late summer, which was fine with us. He agreed to return to
    discuss the project in greater detail with both my husband and me. I called him
    on May 22 to ask about another meeting, and he said he would get back to me; he
    did not. Finally, I emailed him on May 27 but have yet to hear from him. I can
    understand vendors being too busy to take on another client, but they should at
    least be upfront about their schedule and decline work rather than just disappearing.

    - JOHN M.
  • A
    Bodnar & Associates
    The process has taken awhile, but it is a huge project.    We are adding a 2 story addition, rearranging the second floor to have 3 bedrooms, a  laundry room and remodeled bathroom.   The main floor will be a new family room and mudroom with a complete remodel of the current kitchen and dining area.   

    Going in to this, we new we wanted more space, and Ed was very good at walking through and helping us figure out what that meant.   The finished design is something we are very happy with.

    Construction started about a month ago
    - Tracy W.
  • A
    Studio R Architecture (LEED AP)
    Architect Steve Ryniewicz is great to work with as you are looking to bring an idea to life.
    My wife and I have been considering putting in just a basic bathroom in an area of our unfinished basement ever since we moved in years ago. Wishing, thinking... nothing.
    Enter Studio R. An email to Steve, a short appointment to show him the space and talk through needs and wants --he's friendly, knowledgeable, insightful, personable-- and he came back with a design for the space that blew my hair back.
    People in the service sector always talk a good game about exceeding expectations and that rarely happens, right? Right! Steve not only delivered on the basics but he added some creative touches that we wanted but didn't know that we wanted 'em until we saw them in his designs that made us eager to get started. 
    For example, his design was creative and refreshing in that he didn't use the whole space for the bathroom as I had envisioned and expected. This was not a bad thing, as it turned out. Areas around the bathroom got addressed that weren't on our radar but made a HUGE difference in how we now feel about our basement - less dungeony and more of a warm, completed home feeling. Some key touches: 
       + He instead made a slightly more compact bathroom area and designed space for a small closet adjacent to it because we had a crawl space entry way under our sun room where we stored luggage and holiday items in Rubbermaid tubs. This still provided access to an area we thought we might have to access elsewhere (there was no real alternative), or worse, lose access it to it altogether. A door to this closet completed that side. Smooth. 
      + On the other side Steve added another door to our final area of unfinished basement where our laundry area housed our washing machine. This doorway compartmentalized things perfectly. Sweet.
      + On the wall next to the bathroom was our unsightly hot water heater and central AC unit. Steve designed an accordion door to enclose that and added a ceiling so that we're not staring up at floorboards, pipes and wires. Now when you walk downstairs into the basement you're not greeted by groaning machinery but by a nice clean white look. This is also key as people passing by on the sidewalk could always stare down into our basement through our glass door and see this unsightliness, so my wife had a curtain to hide it and, well, that didn't look too great either. So much better now.
       + Steve also had the dog-leg of a wall separating our finished side of the basement with the unfinished side vastly widened so that descending into the basement didn't have you bobbing and weaving with baskets of laundry or holiday decor - so glad that's now a wide, warm embrace versus a stuff arm to entrants.    
        + Final touches that made this a gem was that he had the dingy stairs going down into the basement refinished. Before there were gaping cracks to the underbelly that always blew in cold air and the color didn't match and it looked unsightly. It's now the best looking staircase in the house!
    And the bathroom? Yes, all of the above were bonus "things we love that we didn't know we wanted" touches.    
       + The bathroom was smartly designed with a stand up shower in an expansive 3x5' space with glass doors and a custom built bench, in case Grandmas need a spot to sit and shower.
       + Shower had built in areas in the wall to house shampoos and body wash.
       + Recessed lighting to maximize space
       + Toilet area with a window behind it for natural light and a deep shelf for plants, etc.
       + Space for a wide sink and a medicine cabinet recessed in the wall so the mirror is flush.
    Overall we love the design, the easy back and forth with Steve when needed (not often; no issues at all!), we used his recommended contractor who was equally talented and professional that executed Steve's vision, and now we're enjoying the benefits of his creativity.
    Cost: His rates are competitve and very affordable. We paid when the designs were approved. His contractor was also very affordable which put us in the ballpark to get it done. We paid the contractor half up front and half at the end.
    Should you consider him? Consider this: If you're seeking someone to stretch your dollar to deliver a finished design that is impressive and is the definition of the nodding approval "Niiiiiiice!" then you can get no better recommendation than Steve Ryniewicz of Studio R Architecture.
    Contact me for photos or to see it in person yourself.
    - Alex Y.
  • A
    Brian Fryzel Design Build
    My husband and I had Bryan draw up plans for a dormer addition to our bungalow. He offered creative and cost-effective ideas and completed the work in a timely, professional manner. His guidance has been invaluable so far-- he referred us to the contractor that we ultimately chose to do the renovation. He has also personally handled the often complicated and unpleasant permit process so we haven't had to! I definitely recommend Bryan and we will use him for any future projects.
    - Dara G.
  • A
    Ricardo Garcia Architects
    They did a great job. He was very thorough and he went through all the steps to get the plans approved by the city. The work was high quality and he explained what he was doing. He brought several designs to give us choices. He had great availability and worked with our schedule as well.
    - Dana L.
  • A
    Kristen Eva Kollias Architect
    Kristen is an experienced and hands on Architect that knows her craft exceptionally well and demonstrates professional guidance and creativity in terms of getting accomplished the vision of what the objective was for the total restoration project.  This was no easy task as my home is on Forest Avenue located in the historic district and she uses a very cost effective and quality method in terms of project management and scope creep.  Additionally, she is experienced in many restorations projects so can give good insight on the value of certain features and areas that you may want to consider.  
    Most importantly, she listens to what you are interested in achieving and works to align the plans with the project goals.  Meets timelines for project.
    I can highly recommend her for work as she has exceeded expectations on a difficult and complex restoration.

    - Karen G.
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