I hired Bolt Design Studio in early August 2007 for our family room addition project. It was the home improvement project I did not know much about the process. I wanted to have a plan drawn to submit to City of San Jose and to get the approval with building permit as soon as practical. I searched the web and chose the Bolt Design Studio due to the content of their web site. I thought if the web site is so helpful the designer/architect must be very good as well. I am glad I did. Bolt Design Studio provided service promptly and professionally. Specifically, I was impressed with: 1). Professional how to – they came and started doing work from a square one (I did not have any house measurement information). They measured and recorded the whole house components; 2). Willingness to help me understand the plan so that I can make personal choice decisions; 3). Good communications via phone, email and office visit; 4). The professional fee is very reasonable and competitive; 5). They accommodated my need very well by kept asking what I want, proposing what I did not think or know about it. They even shared with me how to select a contractor and what is the current average construction cost for similar project. In less than 3 weeks I have the plan submitted and approved. The building is now in progress and scheduled to be completed at my original completion date. Thanks to Bolt Design Studio. A job well done and I would highly recommend them.
After looking at many Architects and Drafting Service companies in the valley, we decided to work with Richard. Alta California is now known as Augustine Designs. Richard suggested ways to save us money on our home's architectural plans to add on an additional room, and was able to navigate all of the byzantine processes with the City of San Jose as well. He was great to work with and we highly recommend him.