Brad DeMotte helped us make the right decision when we were planning an addition to our house. We almost listened to a contractor who suggested we not bear the expense of an architect when they’ve done many additions without one (which is only possible in Ct. due to a loophole). This didn’t make sense to us as we felt we may be jeopardizing the money being spent on construction without having the involvement of an architect.
Fortunately, we called Brad who reviewed our situation and quickly made very sensible recommendations. We now have an incredible addition that blends so well with the design of our house that no one knows an addition was built. Brad made the best use of the interior spaces while maintaining the openness we desired. His plans were easily accepted by the Town planning and building departments meeting all local requirements. The construction drawings were an important and necessary guide for our excellent contractor to follow, as they were very detailed & thorough.
We definitely believe that involving Brad in this project was money well spent & greatly enhanced the value of our house, & we would highly recommend him!Lewis & Valerie Morrison
We hired Brad for an extensive interior and exterior renovation of our home. For the exterior renovation, we had assembled several photos from magazines and the internet of what we liked. Listening to our needs and wants coupled with questions about the photos, Brad designed a beautiful outdoor space that was unique to us but still timeless in its design. This design was translated into impressive detailed construction drawings that our builder commented was the best he has seen. As a result, the final constructed project was exactly as we had envisioned. Brad is a great listener offering solid ideas and solutions to design issues and always met or exceeded deadlines. It was a pleasure working with Brad and we would definitely work with him again on any future projects.Tony & Rosann Carvalho
I have had the pleasure to work with Brad on three projects so far, and look forward to many more! As a kitchen designer, he is a pleasure to collaborate with. His design acumen is superb, and his depth of knowledge on architectural details is reflected in his impressive portfolio. He is very talented at transforming poor architecture into a really attractive, proportionate, and architecturally relevant home. But he works on a variety of jobs, and takes every project, whether palatial or not, very seriously. He does a great job of “right-sizing” a renovation to the home and its real value. I have recommended him to several clients and will continue to do so in 2016!Studio Dearborn
Our project involved the complete demolition of our house and the design and build of a new house. From the outset, Brad was a pleasure to work with, always punctual, responsive and professional. He is patient, a terrific listener and brings a welcomed sense of calm and humor to what could otherwise become a stressful endeavor. With an impressive breadth of knowledge of classic colonial architecture backed by decades of experience, Brad masterfully translated our design wishlist into our dream home. He openly expressed his opinions without being dismissive and offered sensible, cost-effective alternatives when appropriate. Brad was an excellent resource in helping us select products and materials, and more importantly, helping us select a builder. After a rigorous interview and review process, we ended up selecting a builder recommended by Brad, and could not have been happier with our experience. Brad was available throughout the building phase to answer questions, although we rarely needed to call upon him due to the extremely detailed nature of his design drawings. Nevertheless, he was ready with guidance or to execute changes as the project progressed. Without reservation, I would absolutely use Brad again for another project and recommend him to others. We are thrilled with the finished product and grateful to Brad and his team for the crucial role they played.Aileen Brill
Brad designed and created construction drawings for the interior and exterior renovation of our new home. He was attentive and patient throughout the entire process and always willing to hear our thoughts and explain why it may or may not work. He undoubtedly understands all of the engineering and building requirements for a home while maintaining all of the aesthetic details that one desires. The construction drawings he created for our renovation are thorough and extremely detailed which was confirmed by our contractor throughout the renovation. We are in the final phase of our renovation now and are thrilled with the outcome of Brad’s design.Bonnie Brookshaw
I have worked with Brad Demotte for over twenty-two years, repeatedly serving as his engineering consultant on hundreds of residential and commercial design projects. This has been a very satisfying relationship for me due to Brad’s conscientious approach to the practice of architecture. His objective has always been to provide his clients with top quality design services:
- In initial discussions to determine client’s needs
- In accurate field observations and measurements to define existing conditions
- In preliminary designs exhibiting imagination and versatility
- In drawing quality incorporating clear details to guide the builder
- In confident and knowledgeable dealings with permitting agencies and builders
- In construction monitoring to verify proper field interpretation and execution
- In clarity of communications and unquestionable professional integrity.
Brad has always proven eager to learn from my engineering input, incorporating faithfully my recommendations regarding structures and construction details. Quite notably, I have very rarely found the need to tell Brad the same thing twice.
Over the years I have worked with many architects and have met none who have proven to be more satisfactory partners in the architect-engineer relationship. For this reason, I have on many occasions referred my own clients and dear friends to Brad when in need of an architect.Sandy Randall, P.E. Randall Engineering
I feel that the drawings I have seen from Brad’s office have been of excellent design quality. His drawings show such a thorough detail of the scope of the project. Brad has a great working relationship with his clients and they are confident they are getting a quality job. From a builder’s perspective, I always look forward to working with Brad because all of the information needed to build and complete the job accurately is always provided. In my thirty-four years working in construction, I have seen many high-end architects. Brad DeMotte is up there with the best.Grant Casperson, G&H Building/ Contracting Inc.
As a residential contractor I have worked with many architects over the years. When it came to picking an architect for my own house, I turned to DeMotte Architects. After working with Brad on projects for our mutual customers, I knew he would make the process enjoyable for my wife and I. With limited time during my day, Brad was always willing to meet with me in the evenings and came prepared with creative designs and multiple scenarios. Brad is meticulous in his details and always remembers to include the customers’ ideas in his designs.
Brad’s knowledge of the construction industry and applicable codes makes the process move smoothly from the design stages thru the permitting process. Having a detailed and accurate set of construction drawings makes the whole job move smoothly during the construction process. Subcontractors are able move through the project without delay with all questions answered before work starts.Robert Liesegang, Liesegang Building & Remodeling
An essential skill in providing architectural services is listening and communicating well.
Brad is great at teasing out the way in which a client will use the space and their design preferences and is talented at aligning those two aspects- which can be very challenging. We have worked with Brad over the span of 20 years on multiple projects and find his design sense to be excellent, the breadth of his experience is very extensive and his ability to stay current and ahead of building science is ongoing. We would unequivocally endorse Brad as a talented designer and all around pleasure to know. Incorporating DeMotte Architects into any building or remodeling project is an excellent start to a very successful outcome.Rob Knorr, Nordic Construction, Inc.
I’ve been a residential builder for 25 years and Brad DeMotte’s client for 15 years. Over these years, Brad has proven to be a meticulous and extremely organized architect, which is so important when preparing plans for luxury homes. His efficient follow-up after board meetings is another great attribute because this allows me to get the necessary building permits in a timely manner. Brad’s great service coupled with his fair rates equals’ great value. I would recommend him to other builders and homeowners.Malek A. Samad, Espaces Verts
We hired Brad to design a spec house for us in Rye, NY. As an architect myself, I was extremely happy with the quality of work produced and the communication between us. It was a pleasure to work with Brad, and his understanding of our needs and requirements was second to none. Brad listened well to our needs and was able to efficiently express them in graphic form, & he always worked in an organized & professional manner. He was always easily available by phone & email, always returning my calls & emails promptly.
The construction drawings were done to be within our construction budget, & when changes were made he was gracious & fair with regard to fees for extra services. He also helped us in selecting materials, & we were happy with those selections & the variety as well. While we haven’t started construction yet, on past projects he was always accessible and able to clarify field conditions and changes by clients.
We would definitely hire him again, and we would (and have) recommended him to our other clients who were also very happy with his service.Luke Regier, LMD Homes
As a General Contractor, it is always a pleasure to work on projects designed by Brad DeMotte and his team of professionals at DeMotte Architects. A building project only goes as well as the drawings. Brad’s attention to detail not only benefits me as the contractor, but the homeowners as well. His experience and thoroughness ensures the customer is getting the utmost value from his design. Each design by Demotte Architects is unique in the sense that it is customized to the individual needs and wants of the customers. So often, I have the pleasure of hearing the rave reviews the customers give DeMotte Architects for designing and “nailing” their dream home.
I, as the general contractor, feel extremely fortunate and privileged to bring their “DeMotte Architects” dream home to life.Jeff Rondini, Southpaw Builders
We have done several projects together both commercial and residential and I would like to say once again another job well done. From taking the concept in my mind, and transferring it to paper with ideas I couldn’t possibly conceive to achieve the finish product I was looking for goes above and beyond the expectations of an architect. You have an amazing ability to interpret the clients goals and then carry them through from design concept, to permits and zoning approvals, monitoring contractors and build progress and following through to the finished project!!!
It has always been more than a pleasure working with you and I look forward to our next project!Daniel J. Coughlan
We have been working with Brad DeMotte of DeMotte Architects since last fall when we began the design of our new home. We are building a new colonial in Scarsdale that will sit on a half acre site and will be approximately 6000 square feet above ground. I can honestly say that Brad has been one of the easiest and most effective professionals that I have worked with in both my personal and professional lives. This is what I like about Brad:
He listens to what we want, but at the same time, he brings his extensive experience and knowledge to the table and constantly makes good recommendations.
He has a good design sense. Not over the top. It just feels right and is sensible.
He is incredibly efficient and responsive. It seems that the moment I press send on an email, his reply is already in my in box.
He is budget conscience meaning that he understands his role, our goals and what we want to spend on his services. I never feel like he is up selling us or overcharging for his time. Bottom line. I don’t mind the meter running with Brad. He has integrity and is aware of our budget.
He has a broad knowledge of building techniques, styles and standards. He is a great advocate with a builder in representing our needs. He played an important role in negotiating our contract with our builder. Something I was fairly new at and was put at ease knowing Brad was in our corner.
When we disagree, it is comfortable. I don’t feel like he is patronizing us due to our lack of experience and by the same token, while he has strong preferences, he realizes we are going to live in this house and not him.
Bottom line is this. While I am not an overly experience consumer of architectural services, I am glad I am working with Brad on our first big projects and I would not hesitate to do so again in the future. If you are considering a project, you should most definitely consider Brad.Steven & Michele Feinstein
We hired Demotte architects in April of 2013 to design a significant indoor/outdoor extension to our 1980 Yates Colonial. From our very first meeting, Brad was punctual, attentive, approachable and receptive to our initial plans and thoughts. More importantly he sought to truly understand us as home owners and people before providing his own opinions on our project. In our first meeting as we started to discuss the current layout of the house and our ideas around a new master suite, porch and deck, Brad was already pulling out tracing paper to indicate some options on our original blueprints. The first set of drawings he shared with us indicated that he was listening very closely to what we wanted and needed while keeping costs and the general scope of the project in mind. When we approved the final drawings, Brad was very helpful in providing us with builder/contractor options and supporting us through the bidding process. He was very helpful in reviewing and commenting on the bids. As we learned from our builder, Brad’s drawings/plans were so detailed and thorough that there were rarely any questions about what needed to be done or what materials needed to be used. Brad also worked very well with our contractor and ensured that he was always available for a visit, consultation or contractor call. We are thrilled with the final product, completed in Oct of ’14 and are experiencing a completely transformed home. We would hire Brad to do another project in a minute and would recommend Demotte Architects to anyone who wants a painless and enjoyable experience with their project.Andrew & Andrea Schirmer