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We were looking at a potential attic addition project. Pat was great to work with. She was punctual and a great communicator. She spent an hour with us for consultation. Even though it became apparent very quickly that this was not a feasible project in our budget, she stuck around to help us with some other questions we had. She seemed vey knowledgable and patiently answered our questions which will help us move forward with some other repairs and projects. She also gave us a list of some recommended engineers and contractors. We were very happy with our experience and would recommend her for any project.Read More

Pat designed my ADU, a small house (820 sq feet) built on my daughter and son-in-laws property. I wanted to build a small house in preparation for my retirement - having no mortgage was important to me. Equally important was that my small home had the "feel" of spaciousness, allowed me a full kitchen and living space. Pat was amazing. Our first conversation, as I am reviewing with her those home features that were most important to me, she was already designing and incorporating my wishes into the design. Pat is amazing to work with, and produces designs that reflect wishes and also reality. My ADU is not finished and I have moved in - and I am delighted with my new space. It is beautiful, feels like a garden home, affords me all the space I requested. My daughter and I are using Pat again for a remodel of my daughter's home. I would highly recommend Pat!Read More

Pat came recommended by the builder we selected who had years of experience working with her over many projects. We really enjoyed working with her during the design and planning of our custom home. She is a great communicator and helped us through a very complicated process to achieve a result that was beyond our dreams. She is very detail oriented and completed her tasks quickly. Her design ideas were great and she was very patient during the development of the project. I will not hesitate to use her services again and recommend her firm without reservation.Read More

I worked with Pat on remodeling my attick. I couldn't be happier both wth the quality of her work and the support she ofered me througout the permitting process. She is professional, punctual, reliable and i can say , caring. Would hire her again in a minute and wuld definitely recommend her if you need an architect .Read More

Pat, was awesome to work with. She was with us on the job from start to finish. We completed a major kitchen remodel and . She provided very practical and thoughtful advice. She was on time with documents and worked great wit our entire team. Pat is a pro and was a pleasure to work with. The Cole FamilyRead More

I love the home Pat designed for me- its just what I wanted. Pat was easy and fun to work with. She listened to my ideas and tried to implement them wherever possible. Plus, my house has a lot of little touches that make it extra special.Read More

About a year after purchasing a second home in Portland, my wife and I decided it was time to improve it two ways: a dormer bathroom on the upper level and a one bedroom ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) in the basement, The intention was to do both jobs at once thereby keeping the house out of commission for less time overall. Before delving into the endless process of choosing all the finishes for the projects, we needed to find an architect. We interviewed several architects always keeping our minds open to their ideas and methods. The truth is none were bad! But Pat seemed to be the most interested in interpreting our creative ideas into actionable plans, so we hired her. We were right. We felt much less like she worked for us and far more like she worked with us. We maintained creative input throughout, and she made the ideas, ours and hers, actionable. Between the two jobs there was certainly no shortage of details but Pat's knowledge of design, structure and Portland's building codes, kept the road to accomplishing this feat clear. She was always cooperative, available, creative and delightful. We loved her work, sincerely liked her as a person and would highly recommend her with confidence.Read More

Pat and I met on a remodel project quite a few years ago that I never started to construct. So when I started a new project, she was the first one I though of to plan and draw my plans. I found very easy to work with and she was also very responsive. The whole process from plans, engineering, and permits went very smoothly.Read More

Description of work: Design our ADU (Accessory Dwelling Unit) - detached 800 SF house for my mother-in-law on our property that had to match the existing house. Walk our permits through Portland permitting Outcome: Pat was very good at dealing with my mother-in-law and wife, who are very visual and needed to see sketches. She came over several nights to understand what we wanted. The end result is a very nice 800 SF ADU that is very efficient in the floor plan and looks like a mini main house. We have received so many positive compliments from neighbors. Additionally, we had Pat walk the prints through the maze of the Portland permitting process. Our neighbors who also were building and ADU did not do this and it took them twice as long to get permits and they had to take off a lot of work. I highly recommend this service.Read More

As a contractor I work with a lot of architects and designers. I found the Design Department Inc to be very efficient , cost effective and thorough. I would highly recommend.Read More