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.
My project was the addition of a family room and covered deck from foundation to tile roof. From the beginning of this project to the last detail Mr. Schachne provided the best advice, excellent sub-contractors, explained every step and was immediately available to answer my questions and correct any mistake. I was secure in the knowledge that my project was in good hands. He is very professional, met deadlines and kept on budget. My addition is wonderful. His work is so good that he has just started a renovation on another house on my street. That makes 3 houses so far.
The outstanding work that Stan Schachne (Schachne Architects & Builders) did in our home expansion and renovation can't be put into words! He and his team are amazing! If we could, we'd give them 10 STARS!!! We had done renovations in the past and were disappointed and unhappy with our previous builders; unfortunately that it's not surprising in South Florida. So when we found Stan we knew immediately that we were dealing with an incredibly knowledgeable and professional company. He far exceeded our expectations!!! Not only were things done in the utmost thought-out, timely and impeccable way, also the delivery of the finished product was of the greatest standards and quality! We love our home so much! Stan & Donna did a phenomenal job and worked with us every step of the way, even coming up with ideas, designs, and delivered product that were "not doable" according to a previous architect and engineer with whom we consulted. We love our nest! It's bright, and happy, and full of light, with open spaces, and beautiful design, and we have it thanks to Schachne Architects & Builders! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts! You made our dreams a reality!!! I'd be happy to speak to anyone directly who would like to know more about my experience.
We contracted Schachne Architects + Builders for our home renovation project and we are very happy we did! Our home is totally amazing! We had a large addition/renovation project in mind for our property. We wanted two large expansions to our existing home to include an attached full guest home (in-law suite), 4 car garage, large family room, two more bedrooms, a full bath, renovated pool and pool deck area, and a wall fountain. Like we said we had a pretty big project in mind. From the start we knew we were in good hands after first meeting with Stan and Donna. We could see from their prior projects that they are an excellent design/build firm. We would think that all great home projects start with a great architectural design for which their vision and expertise made that happen. They did an outstanding job in taking what we wanted to accomplish with our home project and turn all of those ideas into a fantastic design which blended and flowed our existing home structure beautifully with the new additions. Whereas the now finished expanded home presents as a single contiguous and cohesive structure, and not a home with some obvious additions made to it. We love all the custom design elements everywhere, a personal favorite was the beautiful custom bar Donna designed, it’s fantastic. It was their attention to detail, thoughtfulness, and thoroughness that is important to note. These qualities made all the difference between a good project result and a truly great project result. For examples of what was done to our home there are plenty of photos available. See the project titled “Davie House Addition/Cool Cool” on their website. But if you are interested in truly understanding the scope of all the work done have Stan bring you by to check it out. We can’t say enough how comfortable Stan made us feel all during the construction process. He was always hands on, available at a moment notice to discuss anything, and he keep us informed as to everything going on at all times. You don't do business with companies, you do business with people. Stan and Donna are simply very good people who truly want to give you the very best product possible, and they do!
From start to finish, it was a pleasure working with Donna and Stan on the design of our home on the island of Bonaire. The outcome was more than we had ever imagined. Their design was exceptional and fulfilled all of our requirements. From the placement of the house on the site and unique floor plan that provides ocean views from every room to the utilization of the island breezes for ventilation through the entire house, everything worked as designed. I would highly recommend them, they listened to our needs and provided a fantastic finished product.
Schachne Architects & Builders recently completed our full home renovation. We could not be happier with the outcome. We found the neighborhood we wanted to purchase a new home in, but many of the houses were showing their age. The Schachne’s assured us that if we found a property we loved, they could transform the existing house into our dream home. They were not kidding! The entire home was gutted down and built back up into everything we wanted and more! As a young family, we wanted a home that would work for us as our daughter grows up and our needs in a house change. Donna and Stan completely understood this and designed the home as such. Drawing on their own experiences, they had many wonderful recommendations for unique home features. We incorporated them all! The home was designed with a future addition in mind should our family grow. Talk about planning ahead! The process was seamless and enjoyable as we took an active yet low stress part in planning our dream home. Donna and Stan knew how to create the exact look we were going for, even when we ourselves did not know how to put it into words what we wanted. All workers that came into the home were kind, trustworthy and reliable. The quality of all work done was top of the line and the finished product is just beautiful. Our home has a great “feel” to it from the moment you enter. It is warm and inviting while having a clean and modern feel to it. In our opinion, this is not easily achieved! To anyone considering hiring this fantastic team for your next project, go for it! You will not be disappointed!
We are just about to start our second project with Stan and Donna- we couldn't be more pleased with their work! We initially worked with the Schachnes in 2015 to remodel an older waterfront home in east Fort Lauderdale. Since then, our family has expanded, and so has our need for more room. Deciding the type of addition was the difficult part- calling Schachne Architect and Builders was the easy part. We knew the high level of quality they offer, and we love how they stand by their work. We were recommended Stan and Donna from friends of ours who had a kitchen/ family room remodel completed in 2014, and since then we have recommended the Schachnes to at least half a dozen other people. And I know we will continue to recommend them in the future!
If you are looking to build a house from scratch or doing a remodel, look no further than Schachne Architects and Builders. To set the back story, we bought our house back in 1994. It was a cute old Spanish style Bungalow built in 1927. We did everything to it, new plumbing, electrical, replaced all the old horse hair plaster. Added a new bathroom and kitchen. It was a great house with many memories. However, it was a house made of stucco on wood frame and after many years of neglect before us the house’s bones were beginning to crack. We tried to sell it, giving any new potential buyer full disclosure of the conditions of our old house. We got a lot of low ball offers but nothing came of it. We loved the neighborhood as we had lived here for over twenty years, so we finally decided it was time to start anew. We had ideas in our heads as to what we wanted in a new house, we were against a McMansion. There’s only two of us but we did want it big enough for guests. We love cooking and entertaining so that was big on the list, and we didn’t have a pool, and that was also a high priority. We were newbies in the design and build world and we went to Houzz to look for potential choices. We interviewed with a few but when we first sat down with Stan Schachne, we felt we found the right architect/ builder. It was confirmed after meeting his wife Donna who is also a designer and Ken whose is an associate architect. We had the concept in our heads, but they were able to put the ideas on paper and after a few tweaks we were on our way to our dream house. Because they are a small hands on shop, we felt a part of the project from the beginning, any question was answered promptly, and our project manager Jeremy couldn’t have been easier to work with. Overall our experience was wonderful, you hear so many horror stories when someone builds a house. We had none as a result of our builder/designer. City permits etc. is a story for another time. I’ve had the opportunity to recommend Schachne Builders to friends and acquaintances and did so without hesitation. If you are looking for a great building experience, look no further!
We found Schachne Architects & Builders’ website through online reviews and sent an inquiry through email. Stan called us right away and the next day we met with their team to talk about our whole house remodel/expansion. We left that meeting confident they were the company to shepherd our project through concept design and construction – a one stop shop with a professional team of architects, designers, project managers and top notch subcontractors. We cannot emphasize enough the benefits we experienced of having an architect and general contractor being the same company. Stan and Donna’s team streamlined the process, communications and completions through the complex South Florida building codes which we learned are some of the toughest in the nation. It was also so helpful to have Donna’s interior design knowledge to create a truly superior living space. She guided us every step of the way by scheduling appointments in showrooms, sending us ideas, meeting fabricators and synchronizing details with our own conceptual ideas. On-site, Jeremy, Dane and Ken were all very hands on and worked daily to ensure our utmost satisfaction right down to the slightest detail. We absolutely love our new home and we cannot thank the Schachne’s enough!
We utilized Schachne Architects & Builders for our remodel and we are immensely pleased with the outcome of the project. From the start Stan was very professional, responsive, and probably most important patient. He worked with us, listening to what we were hoping to accomplish with the remodel and created a plan that worked to achieve what we were looking for. Throughout the project working with Donna, Ken, and Jeremy we had that same level of competency that provided reassurance and gave us complete confidence in them. As we worked closely with Jeremy throughout the project it would be remiss of me if I did not acknowledge his attentiveness and cautiousness in avoiding mistakes. We felt he played an integral part in the success of the project. We highly recommend Schachne Architects & Builders without reservation and plan to utilize them in our future projects.