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Kingston MA home renovation design

“I have worked with Doug for many years. Our initial meeting was through a client’s project. Since that time I have recommended Doug to many of my own clients and have hired him for several of my own projects. I would highly recommend Doug of Duxborough Designs for his intimate knowledge of building construction as well as his design sense and capabilities. Doug does an impeccable job of listening to the client and translating their ideas into a working set of construction plans. Doug is a huge asset, and adds value to every building project he works on.” – JNP Contracting LLC

“One of the reasons I chose this firm was because they furnished 3-D renderings. This made it easier for my wife and me to see what our finished project would look like. Doug is easy to work with and made changes to the project as we sat with him.” – Normann Blair,

“Doug listened to our needs and was able to create a design for our new home that exceeded our expectations while respecting our budget. Would highly recommend!

“Doug Friesen of Duxborough Designs is a true professional. He designed a freestanding carriage house for us that seamlessly complemented our existing home. Not only does Doug possess great aesthetic sensibility, he is also reliable, timely, and a stickler for the tiniest of details. We highly recommend Duxborough Designs for your next project — be it large or small. You will be delighted with the finished product.” – Amy Simon

“Even though we are still in the design process, we are pleased with the design process to date. Doug is great at getting back to us when we have questions, comes up with alternate options when something is not working for us, has taken us to see two finished projects. We hope to put our project out to bid very soon and to have the project complete by Fall 2018.” – Cathy Lohe

“I worked with Doug Friesen at Duxborough Design to create and design a three-car detached garage and an addition to our existing house. Doug took our ideas and created an initial design which we then tweaked to arrive at our final design. The process worked very well and Doug is great to work with. Our goal was to create an addition that looked like it was always part of the original house design and I think we accomplished that goal. If you like the New England style, Doug’s a great place to start.” – Daniel Kailher

“We hired Duxborough Designs to help us design and build a carriage house/barn on our property. We had three very difficult design conditions: 1) our property is in a historic district and as such has additional design review, 2) our lot size and shape was is very constrained and required zoning variance and special fire code issues and 3) we were on a tight budget. Doug was flexible, creative and helped us successfully navigate the complicated permitting process. Doug approached the project with sagacity acquired from years of hands-on experience and maintained a positive attitude even when we required multiple design iterations to satisfy our special permitting conditions. Doug also helped us find a high-value contractor that we could trust and that worked with us to stay within budget while building a structure that we could be proud of.” – Michael Pollard

“We are planning to build a 4000 square ft. lake house in New Hampshire. Duxborough Designs was referred to us by a mutual friend. Doug is responsive and easy to work with. He gave us access to his design software which allows us to walk through the house at every step. This has been invaluable because we can make changes to the floorplans easily and without extra design time. Because Doug has a building background, he can tell us what works and what doesn’t. This saves us time and money. We look forward to completing our design soon.” – Cornelia Boyle

“Doug was highly recommended to us as an architect with a great vision and as someone who liked the challenge of working on a uniquely designed home. Our project fell into the latter category and after our first meeting with Doug, we knew we’d found the right guy. Our originally designed solar “earth” home needed a second floor and a overall reconfiguring, aka gutting of the entire first floor. We were intent on trying to keep many original features of our former home as possible and Doug worked hand-in-hand with our builder to make this happen. Doug’s experience and vision, as well as flexibility to ideas is what we liked so much. He is extremely knowledgeable about various types of architecture and is easy to work with. He designed a second floor addition with two bedrooms, study, full bath, deck and staircase adjoining lower deck. He also reconfigured our main floor and designed a large open living room/kitchen space, compete with island and fireplace. We would not hesitate to recommend him.” – Goldsteins

“I found Doug Friesen through Houzz. I live in Massachusetts but am building a home in a CT shoreline community, so had begun working with a local designer there. After eight months of frustration trying to work with the CT-based designer (during which he didn’t listen to my ideas, didn’t make agreed-upon changes, didn’t meet deadlines, etc.), I decided it was time to cut my losses. Thus, my search on Houzz found me Duxborough Designs.

I met with Doug and immediately like his approach……he listened and asked questions, showed me some of his work in progress, and talked about fees. I immediately hired him to complete my house design.

The entire process has been very pleasant and on schedule. Doug has a vast amount of design and construction experience such that he’s able to suggest ideas that enhance the home. He pays attention to detail and is patient in explaining his perspective.

Construction has just started, and Doug is happy to take calls from subcontractors with questions. In short, it’s been a great experience working with Doug, and I will certainly use his services again for future design projects. I highly recommend him for his design work and pleasant, calm demeanor.” – Kerry Reisner

“Doug is extremely talented and was a pleasure to work with. He has the ability to design houses that have character yet are also functional. We could not be happier and would highly recommend him.” Brooke and Tripp Neville, Duxbury, MA

“Doug helped us renovate a 1892 farmhouse that had not been updated in 53 years. Doug realized that we wanted to keep the flavor of the original home and not make it look like it was just built. He lent an ear, heard what we wanted, and offered professional insight on things we hadn’t considered. Most of which we are incorporating. Very pleased.” – Hudacko, Duxbury MA

“We had a 1960 split ranch that needed a 2nd floor. We had basic ideas, but Doug took it to another level. What he added made the addition blend into the rest of the house. We have been thrilled with the design. Doug is very responsive and listened to our wish list and ideas while adding his professional opinions. We could really get a good feel for the layout with the 3-D designs! We would highly recommend Duxborough Designs for any project. – Karen Regan, Hingham MA

“We needed a major house addition and renovation. Since we were new to this, Doug exhibited patience and professionalism as we asked a lot of questions and went through design changes. Ultimately, he delivered true to his proposal which allowed us to obtain bids and construction permits with a very skillful contractor who he recommended. We are very happy with Doug’s service and would highly recommend him to anyone.” – Kevin Dunn, Duxbury MA

“I retained Doug to redesign my 1925 beach house. It was a total redo/expansion as the house was unheated and uninsulated. Doug has a terrific eye, as there were a number of design trade-offs that needed to be made throughout the process. Doug was a true professional and a trusted advisor who worked collaboratively with myself and the builder. He helped to achieve a nice balance of retaining the original cottage charm while modernizing and upgrading the space. I am extremely pleased with the result and would highly recommend Duxborough Designs for your project.” – Scott Dixon, Marshfield MA

“We had never built a home before. We were going in totally blind. From a photo of a home we saw in a magazine, Doug was able to work with us, and designed a home that exceeded our expectations. He was easy to work with, and when we needed to make changes, Doug responded quickly.” – MJ Walls, Scituate MA

“I am a builder/developer and Doug has designed many homes for me. I could not be happier with how easy Doug is to work with. Most architect/home designers often impose their views. Doug listens and creates a design based on your input and does not try to force his biases. With all of these homes, we were able to arrive at a design within several meetings and completed construction drawings in a timely fashion. Doug has been a pleasure to work with.” – John Barry, Scituate MA

“We hired Doug to help us renovate our historic home. He listened to what we wanted and made great suggestions to improve upon it. He was there step by step through the process of getting a permit. Doug brings a great deal of practical experience to the job. We highly recommend him.”- Catherine Briere, Duxbury MA

“We engaged Duxborough Designs to create a new shingle style home. We brought many design ideas and shared our Houzz Ideabooks with Doug throughout the process. He took our ideas, created an initial design, which we tweaked, to arrive at our final design. The process worked very well and Doug is a pleasure to work with. He offers seasoned opinions (he was a builder before going into design) but does not force his ideas. He has a terrific eye for details that make a great design. We recommend Duxborough Designs highly! – Lancelot, Duxbury MA

For a complete list of reviews, go to Duxborough Designs on Houzz