Saturday, March 23, 2013


We love our clients and doing great work for them!

Very proud to share some of our client testimonials from 2012:

"Thanks to all of your relentless efforts, I now have a fantastic looking condo."

"We as human beings have a tendency to voice our dissatisfaction, but we rarely take the time to offer our gratitude for a job well done ... well my friends, thank you for a job well done! I am back in Canada now, but my Mother is currently enjoying the renovated unit, and she cant get over the transformation and how great everything looks! "
"So thank you once again, I will strongly recommend you both in the future. I had heard so many horror stories from other Canadians about renovation projects having gone bad .. but not in my case ... everything is perfect!"

- Residential Condominium Client, Hollywood Beach, FL

" Thank you for all your hard work and are great!"
         - Restaurant Client, Sunrise, FL
"We were thinking of doing a remodeling project, expanding the upstairs loft area of our house. Cynthia Spray came to our house to look things over. She drew up some options, discussed the possibilities in detail with us, and impressed us with her professional and thorough approach.
In the end my wife and I could not agree on how to move forward. We communicated that to Ms. Spray and she was gracious in how she handled it." - Residential Client, Boca Raton, FL

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

We have moved!

Our new offices:

499 East Palmetto Park Road
Suite 204
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Tel: 561-479-9884

Check out this Facebook video showing downtown Boca Raton heading east on Palmetto Park Road to our office.

Palmetto Park Road Video Downtown Boca Raton

Saturday, November 3, 2012

What the Public Needs to Know About Design/Construction (And what the 'Designers' Won't Tell You!)

It's no secret that I love everything about a building; urban context, rural context, architecture, interior design, furniture, lighting, finishes and on and on....I'm so dissapointed with the influx of unlicensed and self-taught 'designers' and self-labelled 'architects' who practice in our profession and know nothing about our the industry standards we've had for over 100 years. They cost the client time and money because often times the client doesn't know the process either. The self-taught imposters have found loopholes in the municipal permitting/bureaucratic system and go undetected....they know how to cheat the system. They have no liability insurance. They are just wrong. They endanger the public. Not to mention that their activity is illegal under Florida Law: Statute 481.

Also know that in Florida, the law now allows a residential designer to call themselves "interior designer" which used to be a titled reserved only for licensed interior designers. (Licensed means you went to school, are professionally trained by another senior licensed individual and that you've passed State exams). It's a sad thing that a residential designer can now dupe the public. Please beware.

***Please, please ask for your designer or architect's:
 1. License number and insurance?
 2. Where they got their professional education - what diploma do they have?
 3. Where they worked before they got licensed?
4. Ask for not only client references but colleague references.
This will save a bundle of time and money. So many talented legit individuals in this world. Don't reward the wrong people who will waste your time and money.***

Best wishes,

Monday, October 31, 2011

Where's the Architect?

There seems to be some major misunderstanding in South Florida for whom to contact when you want to construct/ improve a building. Architects have historically been the 'go to' professionals since the profession was formally established in the US in 1857, but times have changed.

The overwhelming majority of people here, unfamiliar with construction, go to a contractor or "Designer" first. With today's focus on the economy and everyone squeezing dollars from all angles, it's no wonder that people go to a contractor first because contractors know construction pricing best. However, contractors are not professionally trained or licensed to design floor plan layouts, select lighting or finishes and cannot legally draw-up, sign and seal a set of plans. In addition, South Florida has a proliferation of unlicensed "Designers" who not only advertise in magazines and online, but also offer floor plan layouts, select lighting and finishes and even provide cad plans and renderings, almost all of which is totally illegal under Florida Statute 481.

So where's the Architect? Historically, architects have always been the "prime" on a project and directed the design and managed the team. New building delivery methods and the economic crisis have significantly changed this tradition. Architects have been essentially 'squeezed' out of the profession, or in the case where a contractor is unable to complete a job under the radar and requires municipal building permits, then they will bring-on an architect, sadly and solely, for the purposed of permit drawings. Unlicensed "Designers" have also contributed to the squeeze; and the public has no clue that it's illegal for a an unlicensed "Designer" to provide these services.

It truly has become the architect's job to educate the public now. We truly need to take back control of our profession. Here's a basic checklist that I've been posting on our social media sites to help educate the public about architects.

Construction Check List:
1. Always hire your Architect first. Architect's are typically "prime" on the project and direct your design. Hire the Architect before the Contractor to avoid major mishaps and achieve a quality product.
2. Is your Architect or Designer a Licensed Professional in your State? Note that it is illegal for an unlicensed "Designer" to lay out architectural plans in Florida - including Schematic Design and Design Development. Unlicensed professionals do not carry Liability Insurance and you might be getting plans that do not conform to the Florida Building Code and Florida ADA Laws. Be very careful and always ask for your professional's license number.
3. Architectural and Interior Design fees are negotiable. Don't sign any agreement you don't like.
4. Is your General Contractor licensed in your State?

Best wishes, 

Thursday, March 31, 2011