The lakefront lot was amazing in the neighborhood we wanted – but the house was awful. The floor plan was odd and choppy with the tiniest kitchen I’ve ever seen. Nor did it take advantage of its only asset . . . the property’s lake.
Prior to purchasing the home, we spoke to two architects to see what could be done. They both said “knock it down.” However, the home values in the neighborhood didn’t support the investment we would have had to make if we built a new home on the property. We gave it one more try and called Schachne Architects & Builders, whose work we saw on their web site.
Stan met us at the house. After walking around the house and site, Stan differed from the others and told us that the house had “tremendous potential.” We met with Stan and Donna to discuss our design aesthetic and our wishes for the house. The house had many challenges so we didn’t expect many options, but in our third meeting we were presented with not one but with three amazing remodel plans from which to choose. Where the other builders were unable to have one single creative vision, the Schachne’s presented three, each with varying costs and features. All three plans presented were creative and functional, and each had the “wow” factor we desired. We were blown away!
The Schachne’s designs transformed a dark, creepy house into a bright and functional dream home which maximizes the lake views and is best described by our daughter as “peaceful.” We receive many compliments from our guests but the two that we hear most are “tranquil” and “paradise.” Thank you Stan and Donna. You have set yourselves apart from your colleagues with creativity, problem solving abilities and professionalism.
Mark & Iris D.
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.
All the best!
Maureen & Jim O. - Ft. Lauderdale
This was our second project with Schachne Architects & Builders. We were very happy with our first project so when we needed a major remodel for our new condominium we never considered using a different firm. Schachne Architects and Builders handled our complete project from design to completion. They provided us with a project schedule at the outset and weekly updates with photos of the status of the project. Their communications with us was wonderful. The project was completed on time and on budget. Our project was very complex and very design intensive; Schachne Architects and Builders design services and skills were outstanding and our home is the showplace of our entire building! We would highly recommend them for your next project.
George C. - Dania, Florida
We hired Stan and Donna to design and renovate our master bathroom knowing that they could translate our vision into a reality. Their design took advantage of the existing footprint of our master bath and suggested unique elements that we hadn't thought of. Their team of excellent craftsmen did a great job and the project came in on budget and on time. We highly recommend Schachne Architects and Builders. If you want to work with a design build team in the Southeast US, we recommend you call Stan & Donna. They will earn your trust and you will be as thrilled as we are with your results.
Ken M. - Weston
Stan and Donna did a wonderful job remodeling our house. The scope of the job included our kitchen, family room, 3 bedrooms, laundry room, formal living room and dining room, foyer and 2 1/2 bathrooms. They both listened to what we wanted and provided a computerized 3-D design for us to see. The design was exactly what we envisioned for the house, an updated modern look but still maintaining a family friendly atmosphere throughout. We were able to remain close to budget as well as the time frame. They did a professional job, kept us informed throughout the whole process and made the whole experience very painless with minimal stress. Our family is very happy with our new home and would highly recommend Schachne Architects.
DeLa C - Cooper City
I hired Schachne Architects & Builders for an extensive condo remodel resulting in an excellent and beautiful final product. I was thoroughly impressed with their design, ongoing collaborative consultations, and execution. The subcontractors that were used for structural work, lighting, painting, tile work and woodwork were all quality craftsmen. Schachne Architects and Builders also provided creative design solutions for storage, display areas for art, and built-in cabinetry. I would highly recommend them.
Anne O. - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Schachne Architects & Builders designed and rebuilt a master bathroom in my residence. The project started out as a problem-solving matter: no one could identify the source of a leak in the master bathroom exterior wall. By the time the project was over we had completely demolished, redesigned and rebuilt the master bathroom. There were 3 stages to this project: find and resolve the leak (it turned out to be due to the foundation); redesign a new master bathroom and rebuild it. Our bathroom turned out tremendous. It is a very sophisticated design that was built extremely well. I highly recommend Schachne Architects & Builders. We have plans for a major remodel in our home in the future and we will be using them again.
We selected Schachne Architects and builders to do a small addition (cabana) to our home since we liked the fact that we got two services by one person for a job as this. He was very attentive from start to finish and stayed on target to meet our aggressive deadline. The work is first class and we get loads of comments on finding such a detailed builder in south Florida.
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.
During the design and renovation of our house we were on a business assignment outside of the country. Stan kept in constant touch with us and made what we thought what would be a difficult project into an enjoyable and most satisfying experience. Stan and Donna excel in terms of product quality and customer service and have shown to be committed to doing things the right way. We appreciated their high standards and attention to details which reflects as their own personal philosophy and that of their company. Thanks to their creativity and professional attitude in working with us, all of our requirements were met and turned the experience of renovating our house into a most satisfying one.
Luisa H. – Plantation, FL
We went from an old 600 sq ft house to a 3000 sq ft beautiful key west style home. Schachne architects worked with us to fit our needs and their expertise in design made our ideas a reality. We loved working with them and highly recommend them.
Schachne Architects & Builders has done several projects in my home - kitchen, 3 bathrooms, plus a front porch addition. All of my experiences with Stan Schachne have been positive. He was always available to answer questions and solve any problems. He was especially helpful giving me a "vision" of what I wanted.
Kathy C. - Plantation Acres
Schachne Architects was the architect for our home renovation. The existing house was a 1950's era one story 1900 sq.ft. house and Stan designed the second floor, Key West inspired, renovation adding an additional 1500 sq.ft.
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
Stan did a masterful job in constructing a 1,500 s/f two-story addition onto our home with minimal disruption of our living space. He worked with us from the design phase through completion and truly has stood behind his work. Most telling was how Stan handled his job during hurricane Wilma. The morning after at the break of dawn Stan was in touch with us making sure that the temporary wall that divided the addition work held through the night. He said , “I couldn’t sleep all night worrying about your family’s safety.” As it turned out his work with stood the storm . But it was refreshing to know that my contractor cared that much about his work and my family . That truly characterizes Stan . We would and have highly recommended him to all.
Eugene P. - Plantation, FL
We recently used Schachne Architects and Builders as both Architect and General Contractor for renovations on our home. The project included the design and construction of a new entry way, replacement of the existing roof and skylights as well as all doors and windows. We were highly satisfied with the outcome and the process. Throughout the project, we felt that Stan was thorough, communicative and responsive and his follow through to completion of the project was excellent. I wouldn’t hesitate to use Schachne Architects and Builders again.
Peter H. – Plantation, FL
Stan guided me patiently and with integrity. I had not renovated a home before – Stan quickly got to know my style and respected my budget. Once a plan was in place the timeline, management of the sub contractors and attention to my questions and concerns were handled professionally. I never felt “out of the loop”. Stan uses his strength of industry knowledge and human nature to reassure at all phases. I continue to love the renovation and will definitely hire Stan again for any new projects.
Peggy T. – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Working closely with Stan Schachne greatly helped us in meeting all of our renovation goals. We wanted a kitchen full of light, fairly traditional but with an eclectic twist. We also wanted a large porch with a tropical flair off the livingroom and a brand new hurricane-rated metal roof. Stan guided us through the design and construction process and turned our concepts into functional space in ways we had not thought of. His solid experience avoided costly errors and he always provided us with accurate estimates for costs and time to complete the project. He was able to make recommendations that we had not thought of, to optimize the quality of the overall design while keeping construction costs down. His experience and advice turned out to be worth a great deal. He helped us define our goals. He understood factors that affected the overall quality of the project, such as the need for indoor-outdoor family life and the real square footage required for the porch of our dreams. While we had a good idea of what we wanted, Stan didn't only review our decisions, but also made recommendations whenever he saw a potentially better approach.
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 communications 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 breathe and light to unleash their magic.
Cliff T. - Plantation
Overall, Stan is so easy to work with. He pays attention to important details and gave me an accurate and comprehensive estimate. He recommended things I needed which improved my project. He was at the site on a daily basis to check progress and was very receptive to my requests for changes. He would always listen to any concerns I had and address them promptly.
His workers completed my two bathroom renovations in a timely, efficient, clean manner and were excellent craftsmen. I am totally satisfied with how the project turned out and Stan made it easy. He does top quality work! I would give him 5 stars for my project.
Kathleen K. - Davie
After interviewing several [I think 5 or 6 in total] design/build firms I hired Schachne Architects & Builders for three reasons: 1) I simply liked Stan. He was personable and direct. Basically an all-around great guy. 2) He gave me a full page of references. I called every single one of them and they all had nothing but glowing things to say. And, several were repeat customers of large-scale jobs. 3) He was the most honest and realistic person I spoke to regarding my scope of work, the likely duration of the project and ballpark cost based on my 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 redoing 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!].
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.
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.
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 the 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.
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.
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