Greenwich Design Architects, Inc.
Full-service architecture, planning and interior design firm, providing outstanding client service and achieving excellence in architecture and design for over thirty years
Our projects are located in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida and Europe.
Our service policy - "In Our Business the Client is a King" - and we take this policy extremely seriously.
OUR SERVICES FOR RESIDENTIAL PROJECTS:
New homes design
Existing homes remodeling and additions
Condo & Co-ops new construction and interior work
Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical & Site Engineering
Construction management (method of construction alternative to hiring General Contractor, which usually saves home owner's money)
Custom cabinetry and furnishings fabrication.
In over 35 years we have designed residential projects with construction budgets from $20,000 to $10,000,000
Registered in New York, Connecticut, New Jersey, Florida, Maryland and Illinois.
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Customer budget for services only
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Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Speak openly to us, as you may speak to your doctor - to know what needs to be done requires an exam.
We are known as a “Greenwich Avenue Firm”. We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients, listening carefully and tailoring our design exactly to what our clients need – not less but not more. Our design ambitions do not stand in our clients’ way - projects we design belong to our clients – not to us, and we understand that well.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Masters Degree in Architecture in 1975
Lifetime of practical experience
Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.
For the custom house design the standard pricing system might be offered, but if set up properly, considering all the variables, it will resemble the IRS tax filing forms, the long version.
Otherwise, any professional suggesting the standard pricing for the true custom designed house is either has no knowledge of the process at all, or:
Padding the cost up so high, that whatever happens after professional is hired, he or she will not lose money, or:
Low-balling with an intent to up the costs after work had begun.
The fixed price needs a good conversation with the client and without it and without knowing the site - it will be akin to offering a car at a fixed price, without mentioning what car is being priced. It is a vulgar but true analogy.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We have close to a thousand of homes designed and our clients are just that - homeowners. First time buyers, upgraders. Bus driver and schoolteacher couple, fixing the first house, they have just bought. Wealthy investment banker from the Wall Street. Trust funder with Mayflower roots. Russian, Chinese or Argentinian billionaire. And anything in between.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?
Do not spend your time making the floor plan layouts (either on paper or in your mind).
Look either at the homes you may like visually – the actual buildings or the once in the magazines.
If you don't have the site and just looking for a new buildable lot or existing house to remodel - contact the architect before you made a purchase. It may save you a lot of money.