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    Pegasus Design-To-Build LLC
    Excellent! My wife and I are very happy with Pegasus, from design to execution. The final result, delivered within the promised timeframe, was wonderful. Mike, the project manager, is SUPER. Very responsive and -very simply- just a pleasant person to work with. Jane is a very skilled architectural designer; she was super-patient with our continuous requests of updating the plans. Geoff was always available to provide guidance, and also was very patient with my continuous requests for clarifications (I am a bit of a pain in case it wasn't obvious). ;) All of the subcontractors working with them have been very professional and respectful. We will certainly hire them again in the future.
    - Marco L.
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    YGS Design & Development
    We interviewed and received quotes from multiple architects before hiring Yael. We were very careful in our selection process, and are very happy with the services, for example: * The quote was very thorough and detailed, specifying exactly what's included & excluded. So you know what you're getting up-front. * She is internet-savvy. We are very busy and appreciate working with an architect who is responsive via email. All documents were shared with us in online workspace for immediate review, which was also great. * She understands that designs need to accommodate budget. We can't afford to do everything. So she builds her designs that to make them reachable for us, and won't break our budget. * She is very good at guiding you through the process. We've never done a big reno like this, and had no idea how to do it. She essentially held our hand through the entire process. * She didn't nickle and dime us. We still send her random questions via email and get quick and honest responses. * Her services extend beyond producing designs on paper, and include assistance with choosing a contractor, building site visits, etc. We took her designs to about 7 different general contractors and got quotes. And with her help, we have chosen a GC, have a building permit in hand, and will break ground in about 1 month.
    - John O.
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    David Whitney Architect
    David remade our home.  And we are over-the-moon-delighted with the result. The house was built in 1952, an 1825 square-foot, 3 bed, 1.5 bath garrison colonial in a spacious corner-lot yard we love.  We?ve had it for 38 years and want to live in it for as many more.  It needed a lot of work when we bought it in 1978, but we raised two daughters in it without fixing anything much and staying way behind the curve on maintenance.  By 2014, there was a lot of repair and upgrading to be done.
    We asked David to make it bigger inside, keeping it small outside, in keeping with the original and in defiance of the trend to overwhelm nice yards with overbuilt houses.  We didn?t want to lose any of our yard or gardens to house expansion.   We wanted a much larger dining room, a complete kitchen overhaul, an upstairs laundry, 3 full bathrooms and in general more spacious, better-lighted living.  We had many preconceptions about what we wanted and how it would all work, but needed to be careful about cost.
    You can read elsewhere about how extraordinary David is, his thoroughness, efficiency, punctuality, project management skill and probity, command and control of details (aesthetic, structural, procedural?), careful documentation, imaginative problem solving.  He really is!  He made the transformation of our home fascinating, exciting, manageable and affordable.  We?d had no experience working with an architect or construction contractors.  David made the whole process work really well. 
    Like most people, we feel that we?re independent-minded and smart, that we know our own home and understand the way we live better than anyone else could.  David never made us feel any differently.  Still, what he knew about how things we thought we wanted would really work for us was as surprising to us as it was comprehensive.  From the day we first met him, he prepared us for the next steps in the process, suggesting how we might feel about the choices to be made and how best to work through them. He anticipated stages when we might feel that things were going slowly and what was really happening, how rapid progress would be at other times and how to be ready for that.  When he explained how a space would feel or look, how it would affect the way we moved through it or used it, or how it would stand tests of time, his expertise and experience were beyond doubt.  His manner of showing us something we didn?t expect was considerate, patient, thoughtful, sometimes cautionary, often humorous, frequently backed up by quick, skillful sketches in his notebook of a space, a view, a structural part, or alternative views of any of those things. He would leave the sketches with us to think about.   He listened attentively and patiently and considered our requests thoughtfully.  After every meeting, he sent an email specifying everything agreed on in the meeting, noting who was responsible for what.   I emailed or telephoned him many times over the course of 18 months.  He always responded quickly and well. Every time.
    As the new design concept unfolded, we had a sense of excitement and anticipation of the new house that we hadn?t expected as we began the process.  Moving to the stage of documentation, David produced careful drawings and detailed schedules and went over them in detail, preparing us for working with him to engage a contractor and plan for the purchase of many different kinds of materials.  David?s guidance kept us feeling that we were in control in what was, to us, very unfamiliar territory.  He recommended materials vendors to us, visited them with us at just the right time to anticipate the need for the materials, and helped us consider what we should buy and how it would work.  Throughout construction, he visited weekly, inspected the work closely, made recommendations, required changes, helped us understand what was happening and what came next, and continued to follow each visit with detailed notes about decisions made on the work and assignments of responsibility for next steps.  He told us he?d stick with us through the last item on the last punch list and he did.
    Once upon a time, we weren?t sure we could afford an architect or whether the service would add significant value to our own sense of what we wanted.  Now, I can?t imagine trying to do this without David.  His fees were modest in proportion to what he did and lower than other bids we got.  What we paid David for his services gave us the greatest return by far of all we spent on the renovation.
    - Charles S.
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    Kamer Minassian Architects
    While the plans were delivered as convened and on time, I found it a tiny bit difficult to get detailed explanation from him. Perhaps that's a question of personal style. In any case, the whole thing was smooth since the general contractor expressed no difficulties understanding the plans nor procuring the corresponding LVL beam.
    - JP B.
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    Victoria D Hibbard Landscape Architect
    She was great and incredibly responsive.  I sent a request on a Saturday night and she got back to me within the hour.  I interviewed three different landscape designers and her pricing came out in the middle but I liked the design she put forward and how quickly she was willing to do the work for me.  She had a contract landscaper who she worked with who does all the work with her with regards to the designing.  I really liked everyone and they did an amazing as well as fast job.  They worked out really well for me.  I would use her again in the future.
    - Jennie H.
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    Scott William Grady Architect
    We were in a rush to complete our project and did not spend time really thinking what we wanted/needed. If we were to do it again we would spend more time before engaging Scott's services to reduce some of the costs due to our indecision. During the construction Scott worked closely with the contractor to make sure all design elements were kept to the specifications.
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    We are currently working with Chris Mulhern on design/build plans so far so great
    - Ray G.
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    The Curtice Group
    See above.  Well.  

    - Thea C.
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    Pegasus Design-To-Build LLC
    I got the appointment and she called me twice and fixed the appoinment. She gave me three plans and i ended up choosing one
    - prahallada p.
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    - KIM W.
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