testimonials for craig elliott architect

 

“Craig put everything into perspective. His ideas were great.”     

Mrs. Deb B.

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“We are very pleased that we decided to use your services. Your utilization of space and careful consideration of what we wanted to achieve resulted in a plan that was much more than we could have accomplished on our own.

We wanted to thank you for your professionalism in helping us achieve what we wanted. Using an architect was a new experience for us and we would not hesitate to use your services again.“     Mrs. Deb & Mr. Stan LeB.

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"What a fantastic and enjoyable experience it has been; what an outstanding result, and much of that is attributable to Craig! That is perhaps the best way to express our immense satisfaction with Craig.

Craig's design drawings not only captured the essence of what we were after, but truly added significant extra value. They reflected a real understanding, both practically and emotionally, of how we wanted the cottage to 'behave and feel'. His added touches turned our practical ideas into what we feel is spectacular. On a design front, Craig ranks 'top of the class' as far as we are concerned.

From a process point of view, Craig is again terrific. Many architects can have a 'holier than thou' attitude and are reluctant to take client direction. Not once did Craig convey any sense of that. He listened thoughtfully to our input and integrated it. That is not to say that he didn't provide wise council when he felt it warranted, for which we are very grateful. He steered us away from making what in retrospect would have been some mistakes. On the other hand, when we chose a direction that he wouldn't have taken, he professionally got on with the task without resentment.

Craig takes his responsibilities very seriously, always with the objective of delivering the very best for his client. He works very well with the sub-trades, who sometimes can resent an architect. He overcomes any of those feelings and integrates them as part of the team. He acts in a fiscally responsible manner and points out areas of cost concern before it becomes too late.

The place is beautiful and we love it. Thanks Craig."     Mrs. Barb L. & Mr. Brian F.

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"We would like to express our appreciation to you for the stellar renovation plans you pulled together for our ‘boring’ little 60’s ranch - we are thrilled.

Every idea we had you improved on. Every aesthetic and functional problem we had you solved. Your ability to interpret our preferences and incorporate them with consistency and with reason proved to be most valuable. Your attention to detail and willingness to explore so many options was indisputably a big asset to the process.

Thank you for your time, effort, ideas, recommendations, and professionalism."     Mrs. Dana & Mr. Dave G.

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“Craig, this cottage has exceeded my wildest hopes. It is absolutely perfect in every way and my hats off to you for the job you have done for us. THANK YOU!“     Mr. Mark V.

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“We had agonized for quite some time whether to build new or renovate or home. Our preference was to renovate, but we were concerned that all of our wants / needs may not be achievable. After a discussion of our ‘wish list’, Craig was able to suggest options for our renovations that had never occurred to us. In the initial consult, we realized that our desire to renovate was achievable.

In time, Craig provided us with drawings that answered every one of the items on our wish list. He was able to understand how we wanted our renovations and addition to function for our families’ day to day activities and to fit our personal tastes. We have not regretted the decision to work with an architect and continue to proudly receive compliments on our ‘new’ home.”     Mrs. Sue & Mr. Dan B.

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“The extra effort you put into our project was the key to completing a quality design and on schedule. It was a ‘breathe of fresh air’ to work with you as a professional who clearly had my best interests at heart. Your knowledge and ability to find answers to difficult questions gave us the confidence to proceed through the various stages.”     Mr. Norm C.

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“Just a brilliant solution, just absolutely brilliant. Great applause for your creativity & analytical skills. It just looks wonderful. We are really, really happy with it. Terrific. We love dealing with you.”      Mr. Brian F.

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“I slept very soundly at night knowing that you were monitoring every step of the construction on our behalf.”     Mr. Pierre C.

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“It is just fabulous; it looks really, really good.”     Mr. Doug B .

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"Hello Craig; just letting you know how happy we are with the cottage which really looks beautiful, not like an 'add-on'. You did a wonderful job in the layout, and I love the kitchen! Now everything is so bright. Thank you."     Mrs. Kay & Mr. Manny P.

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“Thanks again for everything. It was a real joy working with you, and as you know – we love the place”.     Mr. Brian F.

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“Renovating was a daunting prospect. I had visions of Tom Hanks & ‘The Money Pit’. The insight I gained from our time together enabled me to speak coherently to the trades with an understanding of our project, warned me of pitfalls, and allowed us to think everything through. I had a much greater comfort level because of your plans.

We are extremely pleased with the way things turned out. We have been fortunate to have such caring people working on our home. Thanks again.”     Mr. Stan L.

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"We thought we should let you know how happy we are with the outcome of our renovation. We have had many compliments; everyone loves it. Thanks very much."     Mrs. Mary Ann & Mr. Robert B.

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“I was impressed with your upscale quality and attention to detail.”     Mr. Scott B.

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“Following a discussion about our project with Craig, we felt confident that his friendly, down to earth yet serious manner would suit us best.

The design phase of our cottage was what we would call quite involved; with our many changes of heart, budget, building size, and our conflicting ideas Craig was able to steer the building design on course mainly due to persistence on his part, always insisting that we finished with exactly what we wanted given our budget. He was able to present ideas that allowed us to decide what ultimately became the absolute best course to follow.

Now that our cottage is complete, we are most assuredly relieved that one, we did hire an architect, and two, that we chose an architect with the integrity and skill possessed by Craig.

Overall, the design of the cottage has exceeded our expectations. We have found the interior spaces to be both ample and efficient in design, providing the much needed space for a family of four yet not sacrificing the warm 'cottage feel'. The porches, decks and screened areas are particularly exciting for us as they not only serve as enjoyable outdoor space but also are easy to access from the appropriate indoor locations. My personal wish was to have a master bedroom on an upper floor alone with a balcony to take full advantage of a lake view. The room, the ensuite, and the view from the balcony is the jewel of Craig's design. I couldn't have dreamed of a better result.

We would like to express many thanks to Craig for his patience and guidance and as such highly recommend him to anyone considering a building or renovation project. We will certainly enjoy the results of our time spent with Craig having a strong sense of pride in a job well done."     Mr. Mark V.

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“Thanks again for the great diligence that you bring to this project.”     Mr. Pierre C.

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“We have nothing but the utmost respect & liking for Craig. At all times he was exceptionally professional.

The quality of his work was outstanding. He was able to take our design parameters & develop them into what we consider a spectacular representation that showed insight and added significant extra value.

In the construction phase he worked extremely well with the builder. In fact, the builder commented that Craig was one of the best architects he had worked with. Craig diligently monitored the construction to ensure it was executed on plan & budget. He demonstrated a high sense of responsibility.

The end result was beyond our expectations due in no small part to Craig.”     Mr. Brian F.

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“We still love it to death – every time we go in the cottage, we smile.”     Mrs. Barb L.

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