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  • A
    The Design Department Inc
    Pat came recommended by the builder we selected who had years of experience working with her over many projects. We really enjoyed working with her during the design and planning of our custom home. She is a great communicator and helped us through a very complicated process to achieve a result that was beyond our dreams. She is very detail oriented and completed her tasks very quickly. Her design ideas were great and she was very patient during the development of the project. I will not hesitate to use her services again and recommend her firm without reservation.
    - Steve G.
  • A
    Design Doctors Construction LLC
    I am trying to find a way to articulate how happy we are to have worked with Design Doctors (DD). We were in the process of repatriating back to the US, moving to a new town, and this was our first major remodel. The following are highlights, but at the highest level I would just say that if you want to have confidence that you will land on excellence in outcomes, go with DD. 1.) Justin was extremely responsive and hands-on throughout - his greatest contribution was that he has great judgment about structural dynamics of houses and how to improve them and at the same time he has great taste and judgment with respect to interior design. He did a very good job of helping us avoid bad decisions and was able to get the best out of two married people who sometimes had opposing views. 2.) These guys are just plain professional. We knew from the beginning that they would not allow things to go wrong, and they wouldn't cut corners. Justin was very good about managing expectations and keeping us from frustration and disappointment. In my job we have a saying: "happiness is a function of expectations set" and DD really live by this. 3.) Harry, the lead on overall project management was present throughout the entire project and by the end we felt he was part of the family and we felt a sense of disappointment that he wasn't going to be a permanent part of our household. I think one of Design Doctors' biggest challenges is to conclude projects and move on... we could keep thinking of more and more things to do... 4.) Commitment to excellence - Scott, their genius of finishing work solved some very difficult problems created by the original builders of the house. There were things about the design that were just plain goofy and he was able to come up with innovative solutions that were just plain brilliant. I also note that I would come in and find him working on nights and weekends to stay on track... but also because he was just so committed to getting it right. Hard to put a price on that. 5.) Subs - this is frequently the make or break aspect of remodels and DD do not make tradeoffs. The commitment to excellence is consistent from the core DD team, but also through the subs as well. It is very clear they work so closely together that they are almost indistinguishable. 6.) Because this was our first remodel, we created a lot of change orders. Justin and team were extremely flexible and adaptable and still stayed right on time. 6.) DD probably isn't the cheapest and I wouldn't want them to be. We cared about quality and ensuring that our investment wouldn't fall apart after the work was completed. We didn't have time to micromanage. Justin has worked in this area so long that he knows all of the historical issues with builders in the area - that has enormous value and saves money in the long run. Businesses should be compensated for value created. Bottom line - the feeling at the end was similar to the end of a great book or movie. We felt bittersweet that it was over. How many times have you felt that after working with contractors? I am super critical (I manage all types of engineers), and can say it has never happened before. Finally, on the 4th of July we invited a bunch of the local neighbors to see the house and they were astounded at the transformation. We even met one of the previous owners (2 owners ago) and they couldn't believe how much more solid and of high quality the house seemed. Enough said I guess...
    - Joseph S.
  • B
    WISE OWL HOME PLANS
    Victor came by.  He was very professional and knowledgeable.  However, the estimate given was only for the as-built drawings and not for the entire project.  Only after the as-builts were completed and they sat down with me and spouse to narrow my project down with me then give me an estimate for designing the project.  It was explained that the as-builts would be for me to keep regardless of whether I chose to use them or not for the final project. Thus, I could not compare their prices to anyone else's and would already be deep into the project with them.  He also wanted to bring in his own builder for first dibs which I did not have a problem with, although he seemed rather pushy about that.  
    The biggest reason I went with someone else is because of how he answered one of my questions.  I live in a really nice neighborhood and I think some builders get $$ in their eyes when they come here.  When I asked "How much do you think this project will cost (range)?" his answer was "How much do you think it will cost?"  Cha-ching!  While I may not be poor, I am not rich.  I'm looking for a bargain, not to pay the total retail price.
    I was VERY confident that they would do a great job and give me a great product.  The builder he was bringing in had a great reputation. Also, Victor bragged that the software they had would have me taking an 3-dimensional walk through my home before the plans were through, which sounds pretty cool!  I guess I will just have to use my own imagination!
    - Marie T.
  • A
    Cutting Edge Contracting Inc.
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    - Barbara T.
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    WISE OWL HOME PLANS
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    - Bertram T.
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