“My 1890’s farmhouse has a new life thanks to Jim Robinson and his Design South Team! The project started with demolition of about 60% of the original structure, then an intricate effort to salvage a substantial amount of the old materials for use in the new home. We added approximately 1100 square feet of new construction plus completely renovated the non-demolished portion of the original house. Due to settling over the years the house we added onto was neither plumb, nor square and we had to make many field decisions on how to tie in the new structure to the imperfect original.
It was a successful collaboration in part because Jim “shared the stage” when it came to incorporating design ideas (mine and others’) with his own creative ideas and construction skills. The end result is a finely crafted, unique home that pays respect to the past while offering a floor plan suited to my lifestyle, safety, comfort, energy efficiency and very handsome styling.
Jim was a good communicator and among other things did an excellent job of offering up suggested materials choices to keep within my budget. I presented many ideas and challenges along the way, they were met with an open mind and a can-do response.
When the friendship with your building contractor is stronger than when you started the project, you know you have selected the right builder for the job, and I did!”beth t.