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“We engaged Laura to help us figure out how to maximize the living space on the second floor of a 100-year old frame house. We wanted to rearrange the space to add a third bedroom and two bathrooms (the second floor did not have a bathroom) while maintaining the character of the building. We found her professional, pleasant and easy to work with. Her price was fair, and I was especially impressed with Laura's creativity in coming up with a design that worked for us in spite of challenging space limitations and code requirements. We are very pleased with the result, which exceeded our expectations, and would highly recommend her.
“Laura's biggest strengths were communication and trust. She did an excellent job at working with us to get us a plan we were happy with and that she was confident in. Even if it required a little extra effort on her end. She would come meet with us at our place in the evenings when we were off of work and would email us during the day when needed.
“During the design process, we enjoyed her fresh ideas. I'm a professional harpist, and she is also a musician and understood what we were looking for, and created a music/ harp room that could be converted into a home recital stage - this feature and room gets so many compliments from guests, both from the outside and inside of the house. It was such a fresh idea and unique layout, that flows naturally with our living area. Laura was also fantastic at - as she called it - "reigning us in" when we were spinning our wheels and not making design progress. She could clearly simplify things so we could make logical and concise design decisions.
“Working with Laura Garcia was great! She was organized and on top of things. At the same time, we really appreciated her laid back personality. She gave us really good design layout options based on our feedback and didn't push us to go in a certain direction. But when we asked for her opinion she gave it to us.”
“Laura was terrific to work with. She was very professional and consistently delivered her product on time and within budget. She is knowledgeable about not only the design process, but she was instrumental in facilitating my building permits through the notoriously difficult Chicago bureaucracy. Overall, Laura was an invaluable asset for the project and I will definitely turn to her first the next time I need an architect.
“Apart from her architectural skills, she has a couple of strengths that really contributed to the project's success. First, she listened well and was able to incorporate generalized ideas we had into something really amazing. Second, if we came up with ideas that were impractical,or detracted from the design, she wasn't afraid to tell us and explain why. This helped build a trust that was invaluable, especially during discussions with the contractor. Finally, she is a decisive thinker and artist that helped keep the project moving, especially during our (i.e. my) periods of indecisiveness.