Under the leadership of Jeffery Acker, Acker Bryant Design was retained as the design firm for both homes we own in New York City and Red Bank, New Jersey. The New York home: A four-floor townhouse circa1850. The project was a "top-to-bottom" renovation involving a complete refurbishment while retaining original interior architectural components whenever feasible. The scope of work encompassed replacement of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, all new bathrooms, new kitchen, and a combination of new finishes and restoration or replication of finishes original to the house. The work took place under the supervision of an architect, and Acker Bryant Design was required to work in close coordination with the architect, taking the lead in all aspects of the project involving interior design and decor, including all interior finishes, lighting design, kitchen and bath fixtures, color palettes, wall coverings, window treatments, furniture and accessories. Our primary objective in choice of a design firm was to avoid designers who would "dictate" the direction or end result of our project. ABD gave us a comfort level from the onset that our interaction would at all times be entirely collaborative. While they were very effective at offering direction and sourcing items from which we could choose, and guided us carefully towards the best result, we were never made to feel that our home was the expression of someone else's ideas and creativity The Red Bank Home: A large waterfront home circa 1914. The project was cosmetic, primarily involving furnishings and color palette and finishes. ABD worked alone as designer and as project coordinator of various construction trades engaged in cabinetry and minor alterations. The primary challenge in the Red Bank home was layout design and the furnishing and decoration of a very large central space fully glassed on one wall with expansive water views. By careful attention to scale and placement of furniture, together with ingenious avoidance of color, Jeff created a commodious living space which becomes the focal point of our home. In all other respects ABD was fully responsive to our wish that the house display the casual informality of a summer home while retaining the stately and dignified air shown in its basic architectural design and appropriate to its period. Conclusion: In both assignments, Acker Bryant Design provided management and administration of the highest order. Merchandise was unfailingly delivered as ordered and specified. Deliveries were scheduled and accomplished without incident, and problems were always addressed immediately and rectified in the most expeditious manner. We would not consider another design firm for any future project, regardless of size or location. This firm cannot be more highly recommended.
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