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This guy is very creative, but welcomed and worked with our ideas. He designed a bathroom for us. We had fun, yet knew that result would be solid and beautiful.Sep 11, 2013
When I first met Gregg through a mutual friend, I was a new and first time homeowner about to embark on a 54 square foot bathroom remodel (The house I bought was built in 1932 and still had the bathroom from that era.) that I foolishly thought I could accomplish myself. My engagement with Gregg started out as a series of floor plan ideas and evolved into the entire bathroom renovation. Gregg designed custom cabinetry for me, and he (and one of his associates) selected most of the fixtures and finishes as well. I thoroughly enjoyed the creative process with him, and there was opportunity to make some decisions based on a selection he had curated for me. Because the scope of the work that Gregg performed for me evolved, the engagement lasted about six months in total. I couldn't be happier with the finished product. The bathroom has been "in use" for about 18 months now, and it's still my favorite room in the house. Once I have enough in the bank, the next remodel I'd like to do is the kitchen. You can bet that Gregg will be at the top of the list!Oct 9, 2013
I have hired Gregg De Meza and his firm on two important architectural projects: one for my home and one for my offices. In both cases, the results were spectacular. Greggs design sense and scope of resources are so far beyond any other architect we interviewed that I cant imagine working with anyone else. He sees big and then makes it work, to the smallest nuance and the most stringent budget concern. To me, this is a critical distinction: His unique vision of what can be done to bring an environment alive comes first and the operational and fiscal discipline is then applied to make it feasible. There are plenty of firms that think bottom up: I want top down. Under Greggs personal involvement and direction, DMA recently completed my companys offices. It was a challenging assignment: an older three-story loft in downtown San Francisco that had to be gutted and rebuilt to meet our operational requirements. But those were only part of the requirements: it also had to retain the light coming in through forty feet of windows; had to blend new and old; and it had to represent the attitude of my company, which is a combination of luxury, drama, provocation and humor none of which could distract from the hardcore professionalism of who we are and what we do. When the project was completed I wanted our clients to say two things: I want to work here myself, and this is exactly how I imagined your offices would look. I wanted my employees to say one thing: I love where I work. For myself, I didnt want to be proud of our offices; I wanted to be thrilled silly every day I walked through the front door. Mission completely accomplished by DMA. I have repeatedly watched our clients jaws drop upon entering. I have witnessed the steady stream of our peoples friends and family members who are given the tour. And I have gotten the when are you coming home? call many times, not realizing that I have lost 30 minutes here, an hour there, just walking around and examining the finished space from various sightlines. Gregg De Meza personally radiates competency and care in what he does and so does his team. If God is in the details, they are fighting a holy war on their clients behalf. As a business owner who flatters myself that I have a strong sense of fiscal responsibility and a sophisticated sense of design and quality, I wouldnt work with anyone else. If you are considering an architect for your own business or home, I recommend DMA and am happy to answer any further questions. Stan Slap slap firstname.lastname@example.orgSep 11, 2013
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Find someone you trust and let them do the heavy lifting. Keep you're mind open to all the possibilities the designer throws at you. Know what you're budget is and be upfront and honest about it at the first meeting.