Testimonials for Studio Z Architecture
From vision to completion our experience with Dawn Zuber at Studio Z Architecture was fantastic! The changes to our home meet the current and future needs of our family while still blending beautifully into the older neighborhood we love. Dawn really listened to how we wanted our 'new' space to function. The design seamlessly combines the character of the old with the modern open function of the new. The final product was a wonderful collaboration with Studio Z Architecture, Beechwood Building and Design, and Lauren King Interior Design. We truly had a dream team and have an awesome 'new' modernized home on wonderful
Patti and Bernie Swartout
Ann Arbor, MI
What do you get when you hire Dawn Zuber as your architect?
You get an architect with experience and vision.
You get a project manager with an eye for detail who facilitates excellent communication.
You get a person who listens to your hopes and dreams, works within your budget, and puts together a plan even better than you could have imagined.
We hired Dawn after seeing her impressive work on homes across Ann Arbor. When we first approached her, we only knew that we wanted more space, better light, and more usable storage.
Dawn took information she gleaned about how we live in our house, all the items from our wish list, and her great instincts about light, flow, and space, and came up with a plan for our addition and renovation that has surpassed our expectations.
We recommend Dawn Zuber without reservation for any project, big or small.
Jessica & Karen
Ann Arbor, MI
Everyone who sees the inside of the addition Dawn designed for us
compliments us -- but no one who looks at the outside even knows we built an
addition to our house, because Dawn did such an expert job of matching the
existing design and spirit of what was there. However, we appreciate it both
inside and out. Dawn listened and helped us think through how the space
would really be used. She pays attention to all the details and the big
picture at the same time. The result is a space we truly love.
Helen Levy and Dave Rosenfeld
Ann Arbor, MI
Dawn is wonderful to work with in every way. She is so creative and for our first project together, turned an ordinary space into a unique sitting area that is not only beautiful but highly functional. We were delighted with the end result and also with the process. Dawn is mindful of the busy schedules of her clients and is always fully prepared so that when we meet, our time is meaningful and productive. She is there every step of the way until the work is completed. And her easy-going friendly manner makes the experience all the more pleasurable.
Dawn is now our “go to” architect(!) and have worked with her on additional projects. We enthusiastically recommend her!
Lori and Tony
Ann Arbor, MI
We’ll start with the two most important facts about our relationship with Dawn. First, we’ve used her twice. Second, we recommended her to one of our best friends. We wouldn’t be able to make either of those statements if we didn’t trust her implicitly. Dawn helped us design a dormer for our home and it turned out great. I then spent over two years designing a replacement for our garage. Not just any garage, but a retirement workshop with many qualifications and special features. I put my dream project in Dawn’s hands, because I knew she would make it real. She had access to engineers who ensured that our projects were buildable and capable of withstanding time and nature. Our dormer, our garage and new three season back porch greatly enhance the appearance and usefulness of our home. In the long run, using Dawn probably saved funds that would’ve been wasted on missteps. It certainly increased our peace of mind. We won’t hesitate to use her again or recommend her to others.
Tom and Lynn
Ann Arbor, MI
We asked Dawn to help us refine our design for an extensive remodel of our home (adding a second floor and some additional space on the first floor). Dawn was able to take our concept and make sure it worked, was structurally sound, etc. She had several ideas that improved our plan, from reworking the placement and layout of a closet, to reorienting and expanding the dining room, to incorporating a screened porch. Her many ideas made our project better, both functionally and visually. The plans were very thorough and our builder encountered no issues at all with them. We have had so many compliments on our home! Should the need arise in the future, we definitely would call on Dawn to assist us again.
John and Laura
Northville Twp, MI
Dawn Zuber is a great architect. As a Landscape Architect practicing in SE Michigan, I have worked with Dawn on several residential projects. She was also the architect I chose for the addition to my own house many years ago. I always enjoy working with Dawn and look forward to more projects with her in the future.
There are at least three reasons why I like working with Dawn. First she is very competent. She has a solid education from the University of Cincinnati Architecture School along with many years of experience. Her work is careful and thorough. When I look at a set of her drawings I feel confident that the content is correct and dependable. Secondly, her design aesthetic is very strong. The architectural additions, and home remodels that she has designed are seamless and sensitive to the existing conditions. Her work creates homes that people want to live in, with skillful proportions and artful details. And thirdly, and probably most importantly, Dawn is a pleasure to work with. She is professional but not dogmatic. She is very hardworking and caring about her clients and their homes. She works collaboratively with the clients and helps them realize their goals.
I recommend Dawn to any of my clients who are in search of an architect and will continue to do so without reservation.
I have worked with Dawn Zuber of Studio Z Architecture for approximately 15 years. I have referred many potential clients to her that need design and architectural services during those years. Without question, clients that moved forward with a project to their home were extremely satisfied. Dawn has an incredible sense and eye for space design and architectural aesthetics. She listens to her clients’ needs to grow in their homes and presents them with different options to choose from. She is sensitive to her clients’ budgets and strives to be realistic in design stages on projected possible cost so as to not waste clients’ money.
Dawn is also conscious of green building techniques and materials, trying to encourage the use of renewable resources and materials that are less or non toxic to the people handling them and living with them.
It has been a pleasure working with Studio Z Architecture for the last 15 years and I won’t hesitate to recommend her to my future clients.
I always enjoy seeing rewarding partnerships between homeowners and architects and Dawn has a real knack for building great relationships. As a structural engineering consultant I see construction projects of all shapes and sizes and when the project is the improvement of a home, Dawn understands exactly what's needed to make the project succeed. Working closely with Dawn on many projects over more than 15 years I've been able to see her commitment to getting building built right, and I know that commitment to the integrity of the building structure extends to the integrity of every other aspect of the home.