Our complicated 2nd floor addition / home renovation was located in Toronto West End. After working with another architect from Richmond Hill (not familiar with City of Toronto's by-laws and requirements), where we had a horrible experience, wasted our money and ended up with unfinished work, we decided to cut our losses mid-way and change consultants.
We were referred to Marin from another talented architect who we wanted to engage based on positive neighbor referrals, but she wasn't available to do any work at the time. She therefore, referred us to Marin at Contempo Studio and had vouched for his work and confirmed that our style for our home reno would fit well with Marin's previous work and experience. From initial contact to first introduction, Marin was pleasant, knowledgeable and professional. He is punctual and has a very calm demeanor which is appreciated during a stressful time. When we first met at our home, he quickly understood our vision for our home and was able to grasp the scope of the complicated renovation / 2nd floor addition very quickly. He was very cognizant of our budget and given the scope of work we planned on doing he was able to manage our expectations as well as timelines in undertaking a project of this nature and scope. Marin was always frank in providing guidance in the design process and kept us apprised of where our city approvals were at. His office being located in Toronto's West End also provided us comfort that he is very familiar with the neighbourhood and the City of Toronto process.
We engaged Contempo Studio to complete all our drawings (architectural, structural, and HVAC), submit our permit applications and coordinated with the City as needed. We are currently still in construction / renovation mode, but until now, we are very pleased with Marin's work thus far and the continued service / expertise he provides to clarify issues as needed throughout the renovation. Because we are so happy with Marin, we even referred him to a neighbour for their renovation project which they engaged and he's also completed with complete satisfaction.
Thank you Marin and Contempo Studio, from our family to yours
I have worked with Contempo Studio to design my home and am very happy with their service. They reviewed the zoning bylaws and informed me of design options to avoid the Committee of Adjustment. Contempo took care of all correspondence with the city and sub-consultants. They truly care about their craft and take pride in their work. I highly recommend them!
We worked with several custom builders before but were newbies to a completely new build (buying the land, working with architect, applying for permits and hiring trades...). We heard great things about Contempo Studio from friends and decided to hire them with our new build. We were ecstatic with the design that was presented to us. Marin was exceptionally helpful with the entire process. Prompt, pleasant, patient, and professional! There are good architects but a great architect with great client service is hard to find. Marin and his team helped us along the way. Thank you Contempo Studio for helping us with our dream home. Looking forward to many more projects to come.
My husband and I had the pleasure of working with Contempo Studio in designing our house in the urban setting of downtown Toronto. The dedication and commitment from the team at CS was seamless from conceiving the schematics all the way to getting the permit from the City. The support we received from our designer was uncompromising in overcoming all the hurdles we encountered through Planning, Zoning, and Building Department. We particularly found the quick turnaround time facilitated the swift decision making process, which enabled us to move along the project time line. We are in the process of building the house, and we look forward to sharing our final product with everyone in the near future.
Thank you Julie for the kind words; always a pleasure hearing from you!
We chose Contempo studio to design our new modern home. Marin and his team are passionate with what they do. They put a lot of thought and attention to detail in their designs. We are happy with our project and look forward to the next one with Contempo.
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