WHAT PEOPLE SAY
"Thanks to SCH I have the house of my dreams..."
Thanks to Studio CrowleyHall I have the house of my dreams. At our first meeting, they showed me how I could have the kitchen I wanted—and my arthritis needed—without the structural changes I had thought necessary. That solution freed up the funds to make other longed-for changes to my house.
Their ideas and suggestions turned my ugly little hovel into a charming cottage that I can stay in as my physical limits increase. They set and managed clear lines of communication with me, the site manager, and the suppliers so there were no misunderstandings. They tactfully brought me down to earth when my remodeling plans became flights of fancy. They explained how several items on my wish list could affect project cost and helped me make choices that kept spending under control. They ensured that every step of the job was done properly, on time, and on budget.
I cannot imagine how I would have gotten through the remodeling without them. —Corinne Hayward, homeowner
"exceptionally talented and client-oriented professionals..."
Anne Crowley and Michael Hall are exceptionally talented and client-oriented professionals. We found working with them to be a pleasure, both in terms of the unique and exciting design ideas they offered and in terms of listening to our needs and incorporating practical solutions into our plan.
We not only would recommend them highly, we already have, and we intend to continue doing so. But more importantly, we look forward to using Studio CrowleyHall on our next project, and the ones after that... —Stephanie & Steven Silverman, homeowners
"excellent results with SCH..."
I’ve had excellent results with Studio CrowleyHall. I first contacted Anne Crowley three years ago to help a friend who owned a Salvadorian restaurant in my neighborhood. My friend’s time and money were being consumed by his inability to resolve a long-standing dispute with DC’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) concerning public space and his restaurant’s trash. The issue had escalated to the point where it was threatening to destroy my friend’s business.
I asked Anne if she might be able to help...and she agreed to do the work pro bono...Since Anne’s design was built, my friend hasn’t had any further trouble with DCRA.
I live in an historic neighborhood and wanted to build a roof garden on my house...Despite having heard horror stories from friends who had attempted to do their own building design and to navigate the permit process themselves, I foolishly decided to do it myself to save money.
After two years and ten visits to DCRA...I swallowed my pride and asked Mike for his help, which made all the difference. The very next time I went to DCRA, I left with my permit. The construction and inspection went smoothly and my only wish is that I hadn’t wasted so much time before I brought him in on my project.
In short, I’ve been very pleased with Anne and Mike’s work and highly recommend Studio Crowley Hall. —E.Stevanus, neighborhood activist & homeowner
"great to work with..."
Studio CrowleyHall did an addition for us that includes a large family room, bathroom, large closet and mudroom.
Most additions look just like that—additions that don't match the exisiting house at all, that are simply stuck on.
Ours is seamless and looks like it was part of the original plans, as many neighbors have pointed out to us.
We had wonderful contractors who paid much attention to detail. SCH met with us and the workmen every single week to make sure everything was on track, to take note of any problems or any changes we decided on—before it was too late. Their oversight made a huge difference between a so-so job and a great one.
The design is practical yet elegant and the structure sound—Studio CrowleyHall insisted on excellent materials and equipment without breaking the bank. And they were great to work with, collaborative, cooperative and understanding of our needs.
We highly recommend them! —Susan C., homeowner
"experience so good we are now friends..."
Studio CrowleyHall designed the plans to add a floor to our house that includes a bedroom, bathroom, entertainment area, roof deck, and artist's studio. We had interviewed with three other architectural firms—including the very popular Case—and were really getting discouraged with the boring designs and lack of imagination we were seeing, when we decided to talk to SCH.
Michael could see exactly what we were envisioning and Anne was always practical and up front about costs on materials and fixtures. We got our plans quickly, they were complete, thorough and accurate. They regularly referred to their notes in all our meetings, and sent e-mail summaries of them seeking confirmation from us. Any difference—and there will be differences on ALL construction projects—were handled maturely and amicably. But what really distinguished their firm was that their support didn't end when their designs were complete.
They worked with DC Historic, with Mt. Pleasant Historic, with permitting downtown, and, naturally, with the contractor. When DC Historic required changes to the design, these were made promptly. The result is a light-filled, high-ceilinged, gorgeous addition that awes everybody who sees it.
Our experience with them was so good that we are now friends, we've had them do another job for us (a deck/storage room), and have two other jobs in the pipeline that we're involving them on (an overhang and a solar panel project)." —P. Henderson, homeowner
"inventive but practical..."
We hired Studio CrowleyHall to design our 2-story addition project in our neighborhood of historic Mt Pleasant—and fortunately for us we got both Michael Hall and Anne Crowley for the price of one. They produced an inventive but practical plan for our addition with new kitchen downstairs and new master bath upstairs.
We love the new spaces they created for us—especially where our new and very modern kitchen has been opened up to the adjoining dining room. Early on we actually really wanted to keep our traditional large dining room (lots of original stained hardwood trim) and so were reluctant to open the common wall with the kitchen. However, SCH figured out a graceful plan that allowed us our traditional dining room but is now also opened up to our new modern and larger kitchen. Our new kitchen/ dining room is now the place everyone wants to be!
Michael also seems to have a special talent for taking ordinary building materials, (like siding, windows, steel brackets, lumber), and when the assembly is made, makes the whole uniquely pleasing to see. —C. Jarman, homeowner and principal of Jarman Company, Inc. (general contractors)
"every facet of architecture, design and construction management covered..."
We had not expected to need architectural services for our historic renovation project. But when the initial work revealed major structural issues and our contractor wanted to tear the house down and start over, Studio CrowleyHall came in and calmly determined that the house could be saved.
They set about doing just that in the most professional, resourceful, and efficient manner, handily coordinating a team that includes an engineer, a permit expediter, a general contractor, and numerous subs. They are cheerfully and effectively working with the Office of Historic Preservation. When problems arise [as they will], they solve them fast. When crises break, they tackle them head on. When we call them, they answer, and when we speak, they listen.
Between them, Anne Crowley and Michael Hall seem to have every facet of architecture and design and construction management covered at a high level of expertise. They are a remarkably complimentary partnership.
Their solution to our particular set of problems was visionary: rock-solid, creative, and elegant in its efficiency. It was not easy to choose from the multiple floor-plan options they presented, all good.
They have been highly sensitive to our budget constraints in both their design choices and their management.
We are convinced that when the dust clears, it will be a far better house than it ever was – or than we ever expected it could be." —T. Lee, homeowner
"creative, professional, and attentive to detail..."
We are general contractors and have been in business for over 10 years. We’ve worked with a few different architects and have found that Studio CrowleyHall works to meet the client’s needs to create what the client has envisioned for their home and/or business. They are creative, professional and attentive to detail. They have a good working relationship with the whole team on a project—the client and the contractor.
Our experience with Studio CrowleyHall has been great. We strongly recommend them if you have a vision for your home or business. They will take that vision and make it a beautiful, aesthetic reality that you will be able to enjoy now and into the future. —RG Tile & Marbleworks, Inc., general contractors
"architectural solutions that surpass their clients' expectations..."
We consulted Studio CrowleyHall before moving into a new house, and they turned our original thinking on its head. Creative, thoughtful suggestions that didn't cost a dime to implement—such as changing a master bedroom into a family room—completely transformed the way we live in our house now, and likely how we'll use it in 5, 10, and 20 years."
As an interior designer who's worked with SCH on several projects, I strongly recommend them to anyone who needs a fresh perspective on a space. To say that SCH thinks outside the box isn't enough: they hold the box in their hands, examine it from all angles, shake it up, and mold it into a pyramid. They listen to what their clients tell them and ask the right questions to learn more. From this, SCH comes up with architectural solutions that surpass their clients' expectations. —Annie Elliott, homeowner & principal of Bossy Color Interior Design
"their attention to detail helped the concept become reality..."
Studio CrowleyHall helped us think clearly how we would live in our new house. They first helped us visualize how our family would use the rooms, which then led to decisions about changing room configurations, etc. We didn't accept all of their ideas, but taking us through this process allowed us to make good decisions and understand what we could and could not do with the budget we had available.
SCH's guidance was not just confined to floor plans. They designed a wall of built-in shelves and cabinets that has entirely transformed the second floor of our house. Besides holding our books and hiding our electronic equipment, these shelves form the visually compelling anchor of a large open living space. What was even more unexpected was that SCH worked closely with our contractor to make sure the actual construction of these built-ins went smoothly. Their attention to detail (for example, helping us get the right cabinet hardware) helped the concept become reality. — John Williams, homeowner
"wonderful experience and I would recommend them highly..."
Working with Studio CrowleyHall is a wonderful experience and I would recommend them highly. They worked with us to design a new living space that would best suit our family, recommended reputable contractors, and they continued to provide essential oversight over the project.
Home renovation can be an overwhelming, anxious process. Working with Studio CrowleyHall makes it all worth it. —Rosalind Wiseman, homeowner & author
"Studio CrowleyHall comes up with architectural solutions that surpass their clients' expectations."
"Creative, thoughtful suggestions that didn't cost a dime to implement."
"To say that SCH thinks outside the box isn't enough: they hold the box in their hands, examine it from all angles, shake it up, and mold it into a pyramid."
"We consulted Studio CrowleyHall before moving into a new house, and they turned our original thinking on its head."
"They ensured that every step of the job was done properly, on time, and on budget."
"The design is practical yet elegant and the structure sound."
"Anne and Michael met with us and the workmen every single week to make sure everything was on track."
"We got our plans quickly, they were complete, thorough and accurate."
"Our experience with them was so good that we are now friends..."
"Studio CrowleyHall insisted on excellent materials and equipment without breaking the bank."
"I cannot imagine how I would have gotten through the remodeling without them...."