7. One World Architecture
- 12 years in business
- 7 hires on Thumbtack
- Serves San Diego, CA
"I contacted eleven (yes, eleven) different architects on Yelp. Only four actually responded to my messages, and most said they would either charge just to come out to Santee to simply look at our home ($150-$200 for their time alone), or they were booked out months in advance, or they didn't service the East County (I'm guessing these guys prefer more upscale jobs in Del Mar and Coronado). A few provided ballpark quotes but they clearly didn’t want our business. Our dilemma was that we couldn't move into this house we had already closed on until the renovations were done, so we needed someone ASAP to create a design for our project so we could THEN get a permit for the work so we could THEN have the work done by a contractor.
Since Yelp failed me, I submitted the form to find an architect on Thumbtack, and Ken from One World Architecture called me immediately. It was a Saturday morning, no less, and Ken was incredibly warm, understanding, and made our small project out in the boonies of Santee sound like a priority. He came out right away, took his time understanding exactly what we wanted done, and got to work quickly to create a design that we loved.
Ken even connected us with a local contractor, who primarily works on referrals, since we had no idea where to start (incidentally, this contractor has been just as amazing as Ken and also very easy to work with). Throughout the process, Ken and his team were transparent, kept in constant communication with us and the contractor, and even dealt with a horrendous permit process with the city on our behalf. As a bonus, One World Architecture’s charges for their services were far below the other architects that had provided ball-park quotes.
We are so grateful for Ken and his team. Our home is nearly finished and it looks phenomenal: the addition looks original to the home. Although this whole renovation process was a lot more complicated than we anticipated – nothing like HGTV makes it seem – we are so thankful for Ken and team at One World Architecture and would recommend them in a heartbeat to anyone considering a renovation."