Client: Sophie Hahn, Berkeley, CA
Project: Two bathrooms and an attic remodel
"Henry was recommended to us by a local shop, EcoHome Improvement, in Berkeley, CA. I was looking for someone to do plans and permitting for a bathroom remodel, addition of two more bathrooms, and conversion of a small bedroom into a walk-in closet.
Henry loved our older home and immediately "got" what we were looking for; something updated but in complete harmony with the existing house, which has a lot of interior trim and its own strong design "personality."
He was not interested in imposing a modern style or making any statement beyond the existing look and feel of the house, other than to freshen things.
At the same time, he helped come up with updated interpretations of existing elements and was open to both new/eco improvements and period details.
Henry was very easy and enjoyable to work with. His style is calm and thoughtful. He is an excellent and patient listener and always willing to give his opinion - and back it up.
He responds quickly to emails and calls, delivers on time, and sent emails informing us the few times there was a delay, even of a few hours, in getting something back. You can't ask for perfection on timing, but knowing what is going on, and what the new ETA will be, is extremely courteous and appreciated!
Henry has a good aesthetic sense, is kind, unpretentious and very professional. With a wonderful combination of flexibility coupled well articulated solutions, he knows how to get you out of a design muddle to make good decisions with confidence."
Full kitchen remodel
"We are extremely happy with our total kitchen makeover by ecomodern. We were impressed with our neighbor's recently remodeled kitchen; nothing else we saw had the special quality and uniqueness of their space. They referred us to Henry and we immediately felt comfortable with his calm demeanor; he is good listener - as well as a thoughtful, skilled designer.
He quickly assimilated the ideas we'd discussed into a simple but elegant schematic plan, and then we went through several iterations. Henry helped us clarify the design, select a materials palette and he recommended several contractors with whom he had experience. His expertise and guidance made the project go smoothly and we are extremely pleased with the outcome. The new kitchen has transformed our house and our lifestyle. Henry has a strong modern, eco-friendly design sensibility plus the ability to quickly assess a situation and problem-solve ideas. We enthusiastically recommend him for design projects and would work with him again in a heartbeat."
Wagner/ Jaujou Residence
Full Kitchen Remodel
"Henry Gutman at ecomodern was a terrific partner in designing the renovation of our house. We started out with a couple basic ideas to bring our circa 1930s original kitchen and a poorly-designed 1950’s room addition into a functional and attractive remodel. He achieved a sense of space and relationships between inside and outside which has produced a truly thrilling result.
We couldn't be happier with the outcome. Not only was Henry's design perfect, he included a lot of extras: recommending the contractor to use and working with the contractor during the remodel to ensure the designs were executed perfectly. This included making design tweaks during the remodel, ensuring the right materials were used, and helping make sure we stayed on budget and on schedule.
One of the best parts of our kitchen is the custom designed upper cabinets. Henry designed them based upon our needs, and they give our kitchen a special uniqueness that we love."
All Reviews are on our Houzz Listing