Meredith Kleinhenz

Relationship: Client
Project Date: July 2017
Project Price Range: more than $100,000

Buckenmeyer Architecture is rooted in collaborative, client-centered design work that is both skilled and responsive. Marty’s impressive portfolio demonstrated that he possessed the experience and skill to navigate the intricacies of an extensive remodel. 

As we dove into the design process, Marty sought visionary input and compiled a variety of general design concepts. With each step of the preliminary design, he incorporated our feedback and wishes, seeking a concept that incorporated our interests in balancing function, style, and cost. Marty also demonstrated a willingness to offer his own input in regard to both structural and design layout. Combined, these elements helped us hone our focus and develop a well-thought design that meets our needs and fits with the existing architecture of our home. 

Buckenmeyer Architecture’s personal, collaborative skill reaches beyond the homeowner; because our 1908 home was not originally built for two-story living, our project presented a considerable amount of engineering and structural modification. In coordination with his engineering partner, Marty developed a design that minimized the disruption to the flow of our basement and main floor living spaces while meeting City of Portland code requirements. When the Bureau of Development Services (the office issuing the building permit) had clarification questions regarding the project, Marty was extremely responsive, discussing and explaining the design details until the City issued the permit.

Though Marty and our general contractor were working together for the first time, they collaborated as if this project was one of many partnerships. Our contractor sought clarification and consultation with Marty on a regular basis throughout the five months of construction. Each step of the process, Marty was there—ready to answer questions, clarify design details and ensure that the project proceeded according to plan and code.

We sometimes hear of homeowners who become frustrated with the architect designing their remodel project. Common concerns are delays, a lack of communication and an inability to effectively incorporate homeowner input. Conversely, Marty excelled in all of these arenas, partnering with us and walking with us each step of the way through a complex journey of a major home remodel. Through Marty’s design partnership, we not only finished our attic, but also turned our twelve-year-old dream a reality. If you are looking for an architect with great vision and strong work ethic, look no further. We could not be happier with our experience working with Marty.

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