We could not be happier with our decision to use Schachne Architects and Builders to design and build an addition onto our home. The quality of the work is top notch and the level of service, communication and involvement from design through completion was unrivaled. Stan and Donna designed a beautiful, functional space that blends seamlessly into the existing structure of our house. Additionally, Jeremy, our project manager, did an incredible job managing the day-to-day construction of the project. He was extremely knowledgeable, hardworking, and communicative. He coordinated with the various trade subcontractors to minimize any inconvenience to our family, ensured safe social distancing practices, and carefully evaluated all work to make sure it was properly constructed and in line with the design. They stayed on schedule throughout the project and finished on time. We highly recommend them and their services to anyone looking to improve their home and look forward to using their services again for any future home improvement projects.
It has been a pleasure working with Schachne Architects and Builders on our whole home remodel. From the initial meeting with Stan, we felt we were in good hands. Having never undertaken a project such as this, Stan and his team guided us along, giving us options and helping us develop solutions to create an ideal space for us. They worked with us tirelessly to understand our needs and to translate those wants and needs into a functional and beautiful home. While Dain developed print and beautiful 3-D renderings, Donna spent many hours working on floor plan development, cabinetry design and helping us choose the right fixtures and colors to bring those renderings to life. Her design knowledge allowed us to make the best choices for the look we desired. Stan and Jeremy were amazing in navigating all aspects of the construction process from demolition to move-in. They maintained open communication with us on every aspect of the project and allowed us to reach out to them at any time with issues, questions or ideas. Their understanding of codes and of construction itself gave us tremendous peace of mind that our home was being built properly and securely, especially important in hurricane prone south Florida. We would highly recommend Schachne Architects and Builders to anyone seeking a quality design-build firm for any project they wish to undertake.
Stan and the entire team at Schachne Architects & Builders have been very professional and detailed through the entire process. We had them through the design, permit and construction phase and couldn't be any happier with our decision to use his team. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for remodeling or new construction....and actually have recommended them to close friends.
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.
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'
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.