Megan handles the design and David builds it
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Where are you from and how long have you been in construction + architecture?
Megan: I was born in Easton, Maryland. I grew up there and moved to Newark, Delaware when I was 10. I’ve been in the field of architecture and design since 2004.
David: Originally from Wilmington, Delaware. I have been involved in the construction industry in some form since 1986.
How did you get into the industry?
Megan: I started my career as an interior designer, but always worked for architects in a role that more closely resembled an interior architect rather than a designer or decorator. During the recession, I was lucky enough to retain my job but shifted studios within the large firm I was working for and made the decision to pursue my architectural license. Dave put up with me during a year of maniacal studying while working full time and taking those exams to get the license.
David: I started life in finance. I worked for a large financial company for over 12 years. At the same time, I had a side life in construction. I soon learned that I enjoyed seeing things get built rather than just moving numbers around. I made a bold decision to change my life to do something that challenges me every day in a way that I can enjoy.
What do you love most about what you do?
Megan and David: Transforming old run-down spaces into beautiful places that people can enjoy with their families. We really enjoy going into different buildings throughout the city that we’ve never been in to get a different taste of the city.
What is the biggest challenge about renovating in New York?
Megan: Designing spaces that maximize the layout and function for our clients while still meeting the (sometimes seemingly ridiculous) NYC Building Code restrictions.
David: Constraints: limited timeframes, limited building hours, unhappy neighbors, logistics for material deliveries, logistics moving crew to projects.
If clients have questions or concerns, how would you like them to address them?
Megan and David: We highly value communication and feel it is the most important part of the process. We want clients to bring their questions or concerns to us as soon as possible so that we can address them as quickly as possible. We use web-based software to manage projects and clients can post their questions/comments with pictures and our team can address them, but email and phone calls also work. However, please don’t text us at 3:00am—we have lives and families too.
What do you want all of your clients to know before you work with them?
Megan: We’re going to encounter hiccups. That’s nearly a given. You’re hiring our team to navigate those hiccups in the least painful way possible so that you can continue to enjoy your life while we deal with the challenges.
David: As with many things in life, you often get what you pay for. We are not the least expensive option in the city, but if you want good quality work from a full-service team that will commit to your project and give you a great experience, we’re worth every penny.
What is your favorite New York City building?
Megan: Oddly and not for architectural reasons, the Time Warner Center at Columbus.
David: Grand Central Station.
What is your favorite New York City neighborhood?
Megan: The West Village.
David: The Financial District.
What is your favorite New York City restaurant?
Megan and David: El Centro–before having a family, we used to go twice a week. Amazing margaritas and no-frills Mexican!
Take a look at some of Megan and David’s renovations below and check out their portfolio for more photos of past work.
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