What they say about us
We've gathered a few of our reviews from the people we've worked with. These notes are also published on Houzz. We strive to make sure all clients are satisfied with our work.
John met with us and after a couple of chats, he really listened and heard what our plans were for our new home. He managed to encapsulate almost everything on the first pass and after a few tweaks, he drew out the plans for our new home. Now that we are three months into construction and able to walk through the rooms, we realize that he was able to bring our dream home from paper to fruition. His team was very responsive and easy to work with. I would highly recommend John and his team for any projects you may be considering.
L. A. Haran
The Vanguard Studio's team is amazing and so friendly and easy to work with. We enjoyed every aspect of planning our home with them. John listened to us and was able to see the vision we had imagined and make it come true. He also shared some ideas that we hadn't thought of to make our home even more beautiful. We were out of town clients and the Vanguard team was able to accommodate our needs and make the process easy. I appreciated how they kept us up to date and stayed on budget. Really was a great experience all away around!
R. Pompe (Client)
We thoroughly enjoyed working with Vanguard Studio Inc. in the design of our historical looking home that fits so perfectly in our neighborhood. It turned out exactly as we envisioned. We provided a photo for the exterior of the house. We also provided interior photos, as well as a list of must haves, wishes, and what we don't like. We had lengthy, detailed discussions with John before starting and during the process. John visited our neighborhood plot and took the many existing trees into account. He began working on our plan almost immediately, producing an interior layout for us to approve. It was spot on! The exterior was perfect the first time as well! Lynn took over from there, creating all the details. The project continued quickly and I was contacted every step of the way. John continued to be involved, checking on every step of Lynn's designs. Every detail we could think of got on the plan so when it went out for construction bids, the contractors were able to be accurate. The entire design process took only about 2 months! This is our fifth house we are building. We are 100% happy with our experience with Vanguard Studio Inc. and it was definitely our best experience! We are currently completing construction of our home. I will post photos soon.
Kendel Martin (Client)
My husband and I worked with Vanguard to design and draw our dream house. We had specific ideas of what we wanted in the house, but John improved on it. I was very impressed that John did not try to change our ideas to fit what he wanted, but gave us an improved version of what we wanted. We are in the building phase now and John and Lynn continue to stay involved. I would use Vanguard again and would recommend them for wonderful residential design.
A. Pfiester (Client)
The Vanguard Team is as friendly, organized, efficient, and helpful as we could ever ask. Never did a meeting get cancelled, and for every single one they were 100% prepared. I always had heard that building a home is quite stressful, but I found it to be so darn fun!--mainly because The Vanguard Team has their act together. They were also quite practical and helpful--aside from the aesthetics of the house, they were great to also recommend cost-saving suggestions. Finally, I highly recommend Vanguard Studio because they are so thoughtful. Even though we are past the design stage of our dream home, they keep checking in on us, sending us notes/gifts, and making sure we are completely satisfied. I recommend them to everyone!
R. Schamerhorn (Client)
The very first thing, John Hathaway presented to my husband and I was a comprehensive questionnaire for both of us to fill out about what we liked/disliked about any previous homes we had lived in. It also contained questions about what we were expecting in the plans and design of the home we were going to build. The questions were specific in nature, i.e., placement of rooms, size of rooms, how many bathrooms/bedrooms, his/her closets, his/her office space, number of garage bays, porches front/back, etc. Additionally, we were given a beautiful book of homes Vanguard Studios had designed in the past and I incorporated some of those ideas into our home today.
We would highly recommend Vanguard Studios for the following reasons:
1. They are good listeners
2. They check in with you often on your project as it develops from one stage to another
3. When problems occur, they are willing to help resolve issues as quickly as possible
4. They are patient with their customers when at the last minute they are asked to "redraw" or "redesign" a space
5. They make great suggestions
Vanguard is a "team" effort and everyone involved gave my husband and I the peace of mind knowing they had our back!
Lori Cofano (Client)
We loved working with John and Jen! The first time John walked onto our lot he did a rough sketch for us that was exactly what we had envisioned on our lot. Our intent was to downsize as we are now "empty nesters." John was very good at offering suggestions to make our house something that works for two people as well as extended family when the need arises. Our new home was designed to take advantage of the incredible view from a majority of rooms in our home. When we had concerns, John and Jen listened and addressed them. John also went to bat for us when the Architectural Committee in our neighborhood questioned things on our plans. We would definitely recommend Vanguard and do so any time we have the opportunity!
Brian Redpath (Client)
John designed two houses for us. One home was Texas Tuscan and one a Transitional Farm House. Both homes turned out fantastic. John did a great job of listening to what we were looking for. So much so, that if you looked at the conceptual design to the finished product you would think we hit the mark right out of the gate. The construction drawings were detailed and accurate. Unlike most construction projects our contractor and subs actually used the plans. John is a great architect and a person of high moral character.
We highly recommend the firm.
Sashi Ganta (Client)
John Hathaway, Jen Lo worked on our new home design. We worked with them for over 2 years. This is very large home with lot of details. We hired John as we thought he was easy to work with after meeting with him seeing his home design in a magazine. We never regretted working with the team at Vangaurd. It was fun and the design was awesome. John does a great design at a reasonable price. But no weekend work. We didn't have an issue with that as we has small kids too. I would recommend John highly.
N.B. Designs (Colleague)
John designed our house and we love it! Our first consultation with John entailed us giving him a folder full of pictures and a family wish list for our new house. After a few weeks, John called us to set up an appointment to see his interpretation of our dream home, and we were blown away. He took all of our wishes and incorporated them into a beautiful, authentic, old-world home which we subsequently built and moved into 6 months ago. John came out to our property a number of times throughout the process and due to his excellent notes and pictures, we have the most wonderful sight-lines through every window.
New Urban Home Builders (Contractor)
John from Vanguard Studio, is extremely easy to work with. I worked with him as both a client and as a builder representing clients and had great experiences with him and his extremely helpful and friendly staff. John is very talented and has a great eye for scale and proportions as well as great architectural details. He designs beautiful homes and anyone will be lucky to work with John to design their home.