We were mislead and convinced that Max Strang would be able to design a classical modern, symmetrical 8,000 square ft home for our family that would also comply with the HOA rules in Parkland. Unfortunately he could not come up with one design that showed what we wanted and what would be approved by the association. Our first meeting with Max was via Skype, as he sat in his Colorado office. After that, we never heard from him again. We were thrown into a whirlwind of fresh out of school architects running the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale offices. Meeting after meeting, we showed pictures, videos and even our own sketches ,which only proved to be a waste of time as they pretended to know what they were doing, while Max Strang hid in the Colorado Woods. We were dragged along for 6 months, being shown the same unsystematic designs that looked like a pile of lego blocks pieced together with a haphazard floor plan, disorganized room connections , a confusing front elevation and flat roof which was not approved by our HOA. Everything was a "rinse and repeat" version of previous designs . Jason Adams, who runs the firm for the absentee Max, tried "up selling" tactics by redesigning our plans to a 15,000 sq ft home instead of 8,000, which increased our cost by double! When we refused the increase , he blamed us for not having enough money in our budget. We finally fired them and walked away losing our initial deposit of 20k. Max didn't even have the decency to call us ,instead Jason Adams and Max Strang walked away with a full belly of our money , attacking and berating us in numerous emails, blaming us for their bad designs . In end, we had to take our losses but thankful that we cut ties early on as it would have been a nightmare having to live a house that we hate.
Richard Cortes is certainly professional and gifted. He finished the job on my house in record time. I would highly recommend working with him
They sure are proud of themselves - Kitsch in my opinion