David was recommended to us by a mutual acquaintance. When I contacted him he had the patience to explain to me the difference in qualifications between architects and designers. That patience has been one of David's most valuable qualities that we have depended on all through our design and permitting process. At times he literally acted as a referee for my husband, John, and me when we couldn't come to agreement about design details. Our project is to add a 2nd storey to our bungalow and also enlarge the main floor area as much as possible without delaying acceptance of the plans by the City. David is extremely good at the design element of the work and also at understanding what is likely to pass the City's zoning provisions. David reworked our plans until he delivered what we think is the best that could be done with our existing home and lot. Everyone who sees the drawing of the "proposed elevation" is impressed. David treated us and our project as if we were the only clients he was working for, always responding quickly to our questions and comments. Although David provides design only services (not design/build) he is well versed with the construction aspect of the renovation process, which was very important for John who is a shipwright and craftsman. We have relied heavily on David's knowledge and expertise in this area. And, in fact, it is David who introduced us to a contractor who was likely to be able to deal with clients as challenging to work with as we know we are. As part of our vetting process before hiring David he referred us to his reviews on HomeStars, a resource I had never referenced until then. Now we can honestly say that the near perfect ratings and excellent reviews he continues to receive are not exaggerations but are well-deserved.
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A heartfelt thank you Valarie and John for taking the time to post something so generous and thoughtful. Rest assured you were certainly not my most challenging clients. I think because I could relate to your relationship dynamic it allowed the three of us to collaborate and trust each other on an uncommonly personal level. With regards to the design, I am very happy that you guys love it as much as I do, however it would be unfair of me not to credit you and John with being an integral part of the design development, your feedback and input greatly improved the overall proposal and I would consider the final version a true collaboration of three like minded individuals. I am very eager to see the final building constructed and look forward to being a part of the construction process in whichever way is needed. Thank you again for the kind words and all the best!