K. Morris - Weston
DeLa C - Cooper City
SCOPE OF WORK: Our project initially included the addition of a second floor. However, due to various reasons, we scaled back the scope of work and decided against a second floor. Our final scope of work included enclosure of carport into garage, building a courtyard, gutting down to the studs and re-doing both bathrooms [plumbing stayed in place but all new fixtures, tile, etc.], new tile flooring throughout, custom built-ins throughout [living, dining and bedrooms], new interior doors, trim, and paint, and new lighting throughout. We broke ground around Nov-2013 and were done about a year later. Frankly, it would have been sooner if various life-events hadn't slowed the progress [all our doing - not Stan's!].
EASE OF WORKING RELATIONSHIP: During our project we lost several pets to terminal illnesses, went through fertility treatments and a twin pregnancy. It was not an ideal time in our lives to be undergoing a full home renovation. Yet, through it all, Stan and his subcontractors were absolutely amazing to work with! They worked within our schedule and limitations. They respected our privacy when we had to say goodbye to a much loved pet. They worked around my fertility treatments and pregnancy [appointments, bedrest, etc.]. I cannot imagine having gone through what we did over the last year working with anyone else.
DESIGN: I had a very clear vision of what my finished home would look like. But I'm neither an architect nor a designer. But I had Houzz! Stan went through each of my Ideabooks and we discussed at length what I liked about different images I'd saved. He would present me with his interpretation of my thoughts and we would then work together to find a design that was the right fit.
QUALITY OF PRODUCT: I am in love with my home. The floors are amazing. The custom cabinetry is gorgeous. My bathrooms finally look the way I'd always envisioned. Nothing is ever 100% perfect ... but whenever I had an issue I knew I could call Stan and he would be there to resolve the problem. In fact, just other day I had a minor issue [turns out it was my husband's fault and a simply fix] and I called Stan ... he put in a call to his subcontractor for me and the issue was addressed that day ... which was the day before Christmas Eve! I honestly didn't think we'd be able to get someone out for several days.
TIMING, BUDGET, ETC.: The project took longer than originally expected and cost more than originally budgeted. However, both were entirely due to changes we made and conflicts in our schedule. They were not in any way due to actions [or lack thereof] taken by Stan and his subcontractors. Life simply got in the way of our 'schedule' and I blew my budget because I kept selecting higher-end fixtures and products than we had originally budgeted.
IF I HAD TO DO IT AGAIN ... I would hire Stan. If we ever move and need to renovate, I will call Stan. If we decide to build a home, I will call Stan. If we want to make any additions or changes to this house, I will call Stan. I will [and do] refer my friends and neighbors to Stan. He is a great guy, a solid architect and contractor, and a pleasure to work with.
My house is listed on Schachne Architects & Builders' Web Site or Houzz site. 'Modern Transformation'
Jennifer D - Ft. Lauderdale
Anne O. - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
We would recommend his work to anyone looking for additions or any other construction where you want personal service and no runaround like you can often get with builders, especially for smaller projects, in this area. We enjoy our new addition often and will think of Schachne Architects and Builders next time we do one.
Stan created the best physical environment for the kitchen and the porch within both our budget and our time frame. He had our best interests at heart, and we were always able to communicate with him openly as the project developed. We were living abroad at that time and comunications could have been a problem but Stan made it very easy: he called us, emailed us, sent pictures of the renovation at every stage, he even took pictures of the kitchen at different times of the day to show our the light changed the room...
Stan carefully edited our ideas by giving to our works of art space to breath and light to unleash their magic.
Luisa and Cliff T.-Plantation
Kathy C.-Plantation Acres
They provided great value and were easy to work with. Communication was responsive and provided clear answers to our questions. We are very happy with the way the house turned out and would highly recommend them to friends and family if they needed an architect.
James A.-Coral Ridge
Jim and I LOVE our new bathrooms. It is amazing to us that you completed 2 bathrooms, from demolition to brand new, in only 6 weeks. Your PROFESSIONALISM and the manner in which you work and the team you work with are OUTSTANDING, Aside from having the most beautiful bathrooms in town the one thing that mattered the most to us was your constant COMMUNICATION. We also appreciated the fact that you LISTENED to us. You let us know every morning and every evening what was happening, who would be working, and when we were away you even sent us pictures. That made us feel so COMFORTABLE. We had complete CONFIDENCE in you because of your HONESTY and communication.
From the start with the drawings, changes, permits, schedule and especially working in a condo, you listened to our needs and fit them into the total plan. It is tough working in a condo with all of our rules and regulations but you and your team did exactly what was expected which many contractors do not do. I didn't have to worry about that aspect which was great. The quality of the work was EXCELLENT. All of your teams were polite and knew each other which really made the entire process much easier. They were also ON TIME and if they were going to be late you called me. We can't "THANK YOU" enough for making this experience as FLAWLESS as you did. Please feel free to give our name and number to people who seek a reference and I would be happy to "show off" my bathrooms to anyone who wanted to see the excellent quality. "September 18, 2012"
All the best!
Maureen & Jim-Ft. Lauderdale