This was our first experience hiring an architect after designing and building two other houses ourselves. Working with Deborah was truly a great experience who also shared her design ideas with our contractor to keep everything on our 'wish list' in perspective.
We are in the process of a complete remodel of a small beach cottage and she was able to translate my ideas and suggestions into a well thought out open floor plan and design. She is professional, prompt in her response time to my endless questions and her working ability with the staff at the city building planning department got our plans through the city in record time. I would not hesitate to recommend her.
I hired Ideal Design Systems to provide architectural plans and finish design for a complete remodel of my 1850 sf townhouse. It was great to find someone (Deborah Shewaga) who was willing and able to do both. Deborah was with me every step of the way, creating architectural drawings, getting permits, picking out flooring, tile, paint, finishes, etc., inspecting the construction. Thanks to Deborah's good work the project turned out way better than if I had tried to do it myself. She figured out how to make the most of my space, knocking down walls where necessary to improve the layout, and made a significant upgrade to my lighting. Her eye for design resulted in beautiful rooms and a cohesive look throughout the house. Overall, I'm really happy with my remodel and very glad I chose to use Deborah on the project.
So I was talking to a few contractors and they all said the same thing, "There are loads of people who make pretty designs but they are a PIA to work with and they skip things that will come back to haunt you down the road." I took their advice, used Deborah, and learned why they recommended her. From day one till completion Deborah worked in a timely manner, put up with my nonsense like a champ, and she even found ways to save me countless dollars along the way. I am told that she left no stone unturned and my contractor loves working with her. Over the top satisfied.
Matt Wright DVM MS DACVR
Deborah is a fantastic architect with an amazing eye for detail and a real talent for project management. When we were looking to re-model our kitchen we were impressed by the designs Deborah had posted on her website. From the beginning she came very well-prepared with multiple scenarios that incorporated our ideas and brought up new ones that we hadn't considered. Throughout the process she was very cognizant of our budget and came up with a great design that maximized style for a reasonable cost--this is one area where Deborah really excels. Even though we loved her design we were hesitant to embark on such a large project since we had no experience with construction. We were delighted when Deborah submitted an estimate to supervise the construction herself. We felt like she thought of our kitchen as if it were her own—she found us incredible deals on custom cabinets and fixed things (and not just in the kitchen) that we had never noticed in the whole time we had been living in our house! We couldn't be more pleased with the results—the new kitchen has completely transformed the look of our house and we get complements from all of our visitors.
Deborah is not only a talented architect, but was a pleasure to work with during every phase of our project. She listened to our specific vision and designed a 'historically correct' craftsman style porch which can only be described by all of our neighbors as the 'perfect craftsman cottage.' I would highly recommend Deborah because of her expert design sense, innovative ideas, and ability to communicate with us even after the project was complete.
Thanks to Deborah our dream porch became a reality.
Ideal Design Systems is great at combining different textures and materials on their projects. They are attentive to detail while still having a unique, artistic approach. Arizona Tile is pleased to work with IDSI and I can see how they really care about each particular client and the materials that they select for them.
Deborah Shewaga is a fantastic architect! We had the pleasure of hiring her for our full house remodel where we were extremely impressed by her knowledge, creativity and attention to detail. We were remodeling our house from a basic box house to a much more elaborate craftsman style house. The details that Deborah included in the blueprints were amazing and inspiring. Deborah also came by several times during the construction to insure the contractor was following her plans correctly. If you're looking to hire an excellent, friendly architect who has a great since of style and creativity, hire Deborah Shewaga!
Scott Leslie - President
Eugene Scott Productions