To anyone looking for an architect to design and monitor the construction of a custom home, with original and timeless architecture, my wife and I highly recommend Terry Kilbane for the following reasons.
First, Terry is a great listener and will devote as much time as required to make sure he understands what is wanted. He spent countless hours with Lori walking through homes. All of this was done so that he could be certain he understood what we wanted before he prepared the first plans. The original drawing reflected all of this attention; it was almost flawless. Of course, all of this time was also very important and helpful to Lorie in fine tuning her own thought process.
Second, Terry spent considerable time discussing the process. Since we were new to custom home construction, Terry wanted us to understand not only the process but all of the costs associated with designing and building a custom home. We found this to be very helpful. Also, we knew nothing about builders in the area. Terry recommended a number of builders and introduced them to us. We found this to be particularly helpful.
Third, Terry has a very special ability to visualize and design unique houses. We looked at many houses which Terry had designed in various locations around Scottsdale. No two houses were close to each other in design. More importantly, Terry's houses were plainly different than others in the community. In short, Terry's houses were not only outstanding-they stood out.
Fourth, Terry promises to-and does-stay involved throughout the process. He doesn't disappear after drawing a set of plans. He gets the necessary approvals. He meets with engineers. He visits the site. He works closely with the builder to ensure that the home he designed is the house that gets built. You can count on Terry from beginning to end.
Fifth, Terry is terrific at sitting the house on the property. While others had told us how good Terry was in this regard, we can now say we have had it demonstrated for us. Our house is nestled perfectly on our lot. Terry's design takes maximum advantage of our views and has almost completely eliminated the closest house; you don't even know it is there.
We could go on. While the above speaks to Terry's technical and professional abilities and competency, there is another quality that stands out. Terry is a terrific individual. In fact, in a few short months he has become a good friend. We have shared many laughs and expect to continue to do so for years to come in our dream house.