Our Goal: to do extensive renovations to both the interior and exterior of our house that involved restructuring our roof and creating an open-concept for our interior space. We had no idea how to move forward with the project.
Mark worked on preparing plans for a whole house renovation where we could do some of the work ourselves and be general contractors for the larger structural changes. He spent a great deal of time talking to us about our home and rural property and taking accurate measurements of the existing structure. The conversations and measurements were translated into several design proposals that would meet our needs. Mark continued to meet with us to refine our design options. Although we must have been challenging clients because we did not have a clear picture of what we wanted, he did not issue any ultimatums during the design process. Instead, we were offered complete design options from which we were able to pick and choose. His design ideas varied from very conservative to bold. Being given the option of combining designs instead of choosing only one was exactly what we were looking for. Mark’s background in construction allowed him to point out advantages and disadvantages for different designs. He worked with the town building inspector to get permits approved and made any design adjustments required. Mark was able to change plans in a timely manner to incorporate an additional removal of a small wall which lengthened the beam needed, while construction was occurring. He was able to alter the plan, have it sent to the building inspector and approved on a day when roads were closed due to a snow storm. Although initially reluctant to work directly with a homeowner, our contractors were happy to do the work as soon as they saw the details and quality of the plan.
We were completely satisfied with Mark’s technical knowledge and professional approach. We would not hesitate to refer anyone to Mark for architectural design services.