We hired Andre for a gut renovation of our kitchen and butler’s pantry in our condo in our historical building near Mission Dolores. The project was completed over four months in 2016, and we could not be happier with the result. Our goal with our renovation was to improve the layout and upgrade the surfaces and finishes (countertops, cabinetry, flooring and lighting), while preserving the essential historical character of the building. We are delighted we found Andre; he was the perfect partner for us in this process.
Andre listened carefully to our goals for the project, and presented us with a number of initial sketches of possible designs. In this alone we were thrilled we hired him — we ended up choosing a novel idea of Andre’s, which was to create a peninsula for our main counter space and seating extending from an old exposed brick fireplace that is one of the most visually interesting features of the space. We never would have thought of this idea on our own, and the end result is fantastic.
Beyond just the initial design and architectural drawings, Andre worked closely with us through the entire construction process, from attending many, many interviews and carefully reviewing bids from contractors, to offering thoughtful opinions on the many details and questions that arise during the construction process. Andre was always patient, thoughtful and diplomatic throughout the process, even when expressing an opinion that differed from ours and our contractors. Looking back, in every instance that Andre expressed a strong opinion, we’re glad we trusted his experience and listened — he turned out to be absolutely right.
In short: If you want someone who will listen to your goals, bring lots of creative ideas and experience to help you achieve those goals, and see the project through every step all the way to completion, hire Andre!