A year and a half after moving into our Shapiro home I wanted to follow up and provide our reference to anyone thinking of employing the firm. This being our first new home project, and after providing our wish list, we entrusted Brad and his associates with all of the critical decisions. The process started with the Michigan on-site visit and interview of the three potential builders that Brad had selected. This was followed up with a review of all three builders cost proposals and the required follow-up. Once a builder was selected the Shapiro firm demonstrated the cross functional flexibility that is needed between a builder and an architect, especially important when the distance is over 800 miles and materials and codes can vary versus the SE. Despite the size of the project, the distance, MI weather delays, there’s not a single thing we would have changed then or now. This only happens when you select the right architect and builder. Our family loves our Shapiro home. This summer we received our most appreciated home compliment when a long-time local resident claimed that our lakefront screened porch is the “best room in Leelanau County”. Thank you Shapiro & Associates!
We were novices since this was the first house we had built, and Brad was so great about listening to our ideas and making it easier for us. The very best thing about Brad is that he would take my ideas and work with it....instead of calling me crazy.
It took us nearly 10 yrs to find the ‘perfect’ property and another 10 yrs to be at the right stage to build. The wait was well worth it after hiring Brad and his firm. Being a long distance project, living in Memphis and the site was in Northern MI, we needed a partner as well as an architect. With Brad and his firm, we found that partner. The process was the proper balance between what we wanted in a house and Brad’s vision for the property. It helped that he made a visit to the property before we started moving dirt. Creating a partnership with us was critical but nearly as important during the process was that Brad developed a solid relationship w/the builder. He fostered a healthy exchange regarding a house that would encounter four distinct seasons. In the end, we will always feel that our dream home would not have exceeded our expectations without Brad and his firm.
I want to thank you again for your work. I remember when we first sat down together. We spent a great deal of time discussing our thoughts, lifestyle, likes and dislikes. Then at our next meeting that we had within a short period of time, you came back with a sketch and we were amazed how it was such an accurate reflection of what we discussed. We enjoyed working with you and seeing how you made sense of our various ideas and notions. We absolutely love our house and my family very much enjoys using all of the great spaces!
We had a great experience with Shapiro and Company as the architect of our personal residence. They spent all of the time necessary on the front end to listen to us and learn about our lifestyle and what our desires were for our future home. We had a heavily treed lot with significant slope which required a high level of expertise, and Brad and his team were easily up to the task. One thing I really appreciate is the inspiration and creativity they brought to our project, but also the necessary practical side of making the house doable and within budget. They also worked closely with our builder to sort out issues that came up during construction. We could tell it was really important to him that the project would be done right, to see his vision for the property come to fruition. We had a great experience with Shapiro and Company and give them our highest recommendation!
I wanted to extend our thank yous to you for working with us and for getting our design approved by the ARC. We love our house so much. We are glad to have you on our side along with your expertise. Thanks again for your wonderful service.
We had a great experience working with Brad Shapiro to create the plans for our new construction home. He brought many great ideas to the table and was always willing to listen to our thoughts. He was able to ask the right questions to develop a plan of how we live as a family with young children versus how we will live once our children are grown. With his guidance and expertise, we were able to build a beautiful home that is highly functional. We strongly recommend Shapiro and Company. We found Brad to be extremely pragmatic in his approach. Brad was willing to listen to our desires and appropriately provided his insight where changes or modifications were necessary. He was excellent in not having any wasted space and was easily accessible when we had questions. He is highly respected in Memphis both for his professionalism and for his infectious personality.
We are so thankful for your hard work. We can now visualize all of your attention to detail- you are so talented and we appreciate you !! Forever Thankful!
We were definitely glad we hired Brad. Working with Brad was a very positive experience and we really appreciated Scott being on the project. In fact, if another project comes up, we'll demand that Scott be on the team.
We are really enjoying the house and are grateful for your insight and design! You thought of things that we never would have!
Working with Brad and his staff was amazing. He is an attentive listener and figured out how to give us everything we wanted. He was also great at pushing back on us when what we were asking for was maybe not the best way to go. Brad also demonstrated flexibility, as things inevitably come up during the house build. He was readily available to meet on site to discuss issues/ changes that arose. This was our first time building a home, and we came to realize that an architect needs to be a great team player, as they need to work closely with the builder and interior designer. Brad exceeded our expectations in this regard. We had an "A+" team with Brad at the helm and if given the option to do it all over again, we wouldn't change a thing.
We could not be more pleased! You did a wonderful job! We are so very happy to be in our beautiful home and we can't wait to get home from vacation because we love our house so much!
He (Brad) doesn’t really want to talk about himself. He’s okay staying under the radar. But the things that he’s done in this city and for the city would blow people’s minds.
Working with Brad was the best money I spent in this whole process!
We interviewed a few architects before settling on Shapiro and Co. Brad truly listened to us and wanted to learn how we lived in order to draw our perfect dream home. He absolutely nailed it! We worked a lot with Brad and Scott and ended up with the perfect custom home plans. Having lived in our home now for several months, we wouldn’t change a thing! Hiring a great architect is the most important part when building a dream home. We had never built a custom home, but Brad guided us through the entire process including help with hiring a builder, interior designer, and landscape architect. We built a solid trust with him and knew he had our best interest in mind. Whenever anyone asks us about our architect, we tell them not only would we highly recommend Brad Shapiro.... but they’d be making a big mistake by not hiring him. We would use him again in a heartbeat. Highly recommend!
In our first meeting we could tell that Brad has a passion for home design, and a greater passion for pleasing his customers. His secret? Listening. Brad spent time with us, both in his office and in our current home, to gain a better understanding of what we like. He then used that information to design our new home incorporating our functional requirements with aesthetic beauty. We highly recommend Shapiro & Company if you are considering building a new home or remodeling an existing one.
Shapiro & Company makes me feel like I’m their only client! They made us feel so special when we were doing a renovation. We loved the design and working with them so much that now we have them designing our first custom home in Florida.
My husband and I have hired Shapiro and Company twice now. The first was a renovation project in 2013 ( in Nashville) where we hired Brad Shapiro to reconfigure the 'flow' of our home by moving our front door from a side location in our home to its center. This entailed, among other things, building a beautiful front portico to highlight the new entryway, and we believe his design is directly responsible for the wonderful profit we made on the home when it was sold a few years later. Fast forward to 2019 and we hired Brad to design our dream home, this time in our new adopted state of Florida. Based on the wonderful experience we had on the first go around, we couldn’t imagine working with anyone else to bring our dream home to life. We are currently in the building process and his design is coming together so beautifully. The architectural details Brad implemented in his drawings are really something to behold in 3D!! Everything was so carefully planned for that the end result is a home truly custom, and timeless, for our family. All this to say, we have had a long and terrific relationship working with Brad Shapiro, which extends to working with his full team at Shapiro and Company. They are all brilliant and gracious, and have made the design process on both occasions a joy!!
It's all about others with Brad and the Shapiro team. Everything Shapiro does is always to make someone else happy or fulfill their dreams. He's always talking about - not his vision - but the clients' vision of what they want to make their house a home. Most people who go to an architect, they're just not really sure on what they're supposed to say. He asks all the right questions and he sees that vision for them, and then he puts it on paper. He makes every client like they're the only one and they're very special, and that this is the best house in the world.
Brad Shapiro and his team at Shapiro and Co. created a wonderful experience for our family. They were calm and patient throughout the entire process. They made it so enjoyable we actually missed the process of building after it was over and we had moved in. We will use Shapiro and Co. if we ever build again. We have recommended them to many people who have also used them for their building needs.
Brad was someone I could talk to and not feel that I was being rushed...he was someone that I felt comfortable with. Brad exceeded all our expectations...we've had two projects with him since our very first one and we'll call Brad for the next one.