"After connecting, we spent two months going back and forth on different design ideas and pricing, along with several other builders, but Michael stood out from the others. We never felt pressured by Michael; he listened to our ideas and concerns and provided professional drawings each time.
You will note from the photos that the entire job was complicated by the fact that the wall with the fireplace was completely mirrored. His design had to be such that the mantle was not affixed to the mirrors nor damage the mirrors in any way. As we neared the decision point for engaging Michael, he and his partner came out to the house to take measurements and show us samples of wood and stains. His materials were top of the line--real wood, not pressed or composite wood. We finally decided to move forward in mid-November.
About five weeks later--we had asked for the job to be completed before Christmas--he and his partner returned with the mantle in pieces. Each piece was carefully wrapped and they assembled and installed the mantle in just a few hours over a steel substructure built to keep the mantle off the mirrors yet still able to support its own weight and the weight of a TV. It was amazing to see how precise his work had been and, as an engineer myself, I was very impressed with how well it turned out--literally fine furniture custom built by master craftsmen! My wife and I could not be more thrilled with the result. Not only does the mantle complement the room, but it was up in time for us to hang our stockings for Christmas.
I unhesitatingly recommend Michael and Interpretive Woodwork & Design."