M. Designs Architects
3D Rendering, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Basement Design, Basement Remodeling, Bathroom Design, Building Design, Custom Home, Energy-Efficient Homes, Floor Plans, Garage Design, Green Building, Guesthouse Design & Construction, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, New Home Construction, Outdoor Kitchen Design, Pool House Design & Construction, Prefab Houses, Project Management, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Custom Homes, Construction Drawings, Architectural Services, Interior Design, Site analysis and selection, Feasibility Studies, Program Development, Master Planning, Computer Aided Drafting, Construction Documents
Atherton, Belmont, Campbell, Cupertino, East Palo Alto, Emerald Lake Hills, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Jose, Santa Clara, Stanford, Sunnyvale, West Menlo Park, Woodside, Los Gatos, Saratoga, Hillsborough
Chrysalis Award Regional Winner 2012 Chrysalis Awards 2x Regional Winner 2013 COTY Awards 2013 Regional Winner BUSINESS HALL OF FAME (5 CONSECUTIVE YEARS), BEST OF LOS ALTOS: 2011 - 2015 Meta Remodeling Awards 2012, 2013, 2016 & 2018 Gold & Judges Choice WADA Award 2019
In our practice we offer suggestions and advice – as do all architects. We make serious efforts to discuss the pros and cons of planning and design decisions and involve our clients in every decision. That said, we do take to heart when a client says we were not respectful of their budget.
Every homeowner has a budget. We have to honor those budgets. We always recommend that projects be estimated by contractors at the conclusion of the schematic design phase and prior to preparing the construction documents. We have found this to be a good way to determine if the original budget is reasonable; if not, the homeowner has options – commit more resources to the project or work with the design team to revise the work to fit within the budget.
In this instance, Eric and Clarissa chose to use a relative as the General Contractor. We were not made aware of the construction costs in the contract that was based on the Construction Documents. It was our understanding that there would be cost savings because the work was being done by a family member. So, to say were not respectful of their budget is not true.
We’re disappointed in their experience as we had a different understanding of the situation. We’re still hopeful that they will respond to us so we can discuss their experiences and come to a mutual understanding.
Chip Jessup, AIA, Architect