Adam, who has his master's in Architecture, but hasn't taken all the tests to become an architect, originally did the design for me, a perfect architectural rendering of my ideas with all the accompanying sketches and specs, and he managed, by working closely with the City's Historic people, to get it through the approval process on their consent agenda! (I know experienced construction people who have had to go back more than once with their designs). Then he built the addition on time and on budget, and it is ten times more beautiful and functional than I could have imagined. He is a bit of a perfectionist - we had a bad moment when I told him he couldn't level my whole house (built in 1893) to match his perfectly level addition. The age of my house posed some serious problems, and Adam was extremely creative in his solutions, in the way he attached the addition to the roofs of the house and in the way he renovated the old parts of the house that had to be changed because of the addition (I had no ceiling on my bathroom for a while). He added some extremely pretty details, and didn't charge me for some of them because they weren't in the bid, but he did it because he wanted the new part of the house to match the original, and it does. You should see the rounded tails on my rafters! He and his family were polite and professional, and very patient and loving with my occasionally grumpy daughter. They put in the details she wanted even when it went against what they envisioned. Adam always consulted me on any decision that was important, and did it my way, without almost no fuss. And since I knew how propietary and perfectionist he was about his work, I knew it was an effort for him. Adam's father's many years of experience in construction and his nephew's excellent carpentry were vauluable assets to the project. I really wasn't expecting a good experience, and it was a wonderful experience. And although I didn't miss the noise and mess of construction (they left the site immaculate), I missed the Ochoas, after four busy months. I couldn't believe they did it on time, especially with all the disasters we encountered (bad water and gas pipes in the old part of the house, missing piers) and with some serious rain exactly when we had no roof on the connecting area of the old house. And of course, he had to cope with matching the addition up to the crooked old house. I highly recommend AO Design and Construction, especially if you live in a "Hysterical" District.