W E B U I L D L A S T I N G R E L A T I O N S H I P S
Mike and Teri R.
“We approached the design process with some trepidation, having only vague notions about what it entailed, and half-formed ideas about the kind of house we wanted to build. But from the first meeting, John and Donna's easy demeanor and patient expertise facilitated an open, free and creative dialogue as they listened to our ideas, guiding them, developing them, ultimately giving form, style, character, detail and substance to the vision we had for our house. At the end of the process, when they proudly presented us with the final prints, we knew we were looking at not just our house but our home. John and Donna are a wonderfully talented architectural design team in whose masterful hands our dreams came to life. We would enthusiastically and confidently recommend them to anyone thinking of designing their own home.”
Ron & Linda P.
“Bryan truly put his heart and soul into building an exceptional home for us. His commitment, professionalism, and promptness went above and beyond the call. Whenever we had a new idea or wanted to make a change, Bryan's response was always, 'we can do that'."
Dr. David and Lisa B.
“We have a number of friends who have built beautiful, custom homes with John and Donna VanBrouck. When we finally decided to “take the plunge,” the VanBrouck’s were an easy choice for us to have them design our dream home. The entire process was quite enjoyable from beginning to end. They were able to turn our “wish list” into a beautiful home plan. Their artistic vision made our house design aesthetically pleasing as well as functional for our family’s needs. Both John and Donna were readily available for questions and personal meetings. Minor changes were handled quickly and professionally. We are thrilled that our dream home has finally become a reality with the help of John and Donna!”
Randy and Cari F.
“Working with Bryan has been an excellent experience. From the planning stages through to completion, Bryan guided us, making the process an easy one. His exceptional customer service and professionalism allowed us to keep our project moving according to schedule. Bryan exhibited a real understanding of quality and craftsmanship. He offered us creative ideas and solutions to design our dream space. The quality of work continues to impress us. Bryan's integrity and attention to detail sets him apart from other contractors. Without hesitation, Bryan Leith would be our top referral to anyone.”
“It was such a pleasure working with Bryan on our building project. He did a wonderful job of making sure the project stayed on schedule. He even went the extra mile of making sure things kept moving over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Bryan did a great job working with the city officials and our building managers to make sure things were done correctly. We can’t thank Bryan enough. I’m not sure we could have done it without Bryan’s dedication."
Alan C. and Julie D.
“John and Donna VanBrouck design the most incredible houses. Their attention to detail is like no other. The homes they design not only work well in everyday living but look spectacular. They have a talent for asking the client questions and drawing exactly what you need. They have designed 2 large homes for me and an addition[LB1] . It always amazes me how I can say something and John has it on paper exactly as I envisioned it. John and Donna take advantage of the lay of the land or lot. They look at your quality of living when designing the house and incorporate your lifestyle into your home. The house is laid out perfectly, with great views of the lake. The phrase "surprise and delight" comes to mind when I think of John and Donna VanBrouck.”
Jennie and Jason T.
“John and Donna VanBrouck came highly recommended from both a design and value standpoint when we were looking to design and build our dream home. Our expectations were far exceeded! Their ability to take our idea of what our dream home was and put it on paper with additional details that made it even more amazing than we ever expected was a wonderful experience. But their commitment to the project didn’t stop there. The process of building always leads to unexpected changes in plans and they were there through the many revisions to give their expert advice and supply updated plans. Working with John and Donna has been a pleasure. We highly recommend them!”
Tom and Carolyn M.
"The husband and wife team of John and Donna VanBrouck are fantastic! They are extremely talented in their own areas of expertise and complement each other in developing the final design/ product. The most important aspect of this team is the fact that they REALLY LISTEN! In our very first meeting they asked questions, took notes, had amazing suggestions, and made the meeting an extremely pleasant session. When they came back with the very first set of preliminary drawings we were somewhat astonished…….they hit the nail on the head – exactly what we were looking for. We feel the VanBrouck’s do an amazing job and quite frankly are very nice to work with. You will enjoy them.”
Jan and Buzz H.
Building a custom home had always been our dream. Over the years, we accumulated an extensive collection of inspirational magazine pictures. When we arrived for our first design meeting, with our BOXES of pictures, John and Donna didn't laugh, remained calm, and somehow managed to transform the entire mess into a truly beautiful home! They were patient, exceptionally creative, and a pleasure to work with. We would highly recommend them to anyone who hasn't the slightest idea of what they want or to those who have too many ideas!!!
Jeff and Janet M.
“We would highly recommend having VanBrouck’s as your first choice to design your dream home. We are retired and wanted to build our dream home on a lake. After interviewing various architects & residential designers in the area, we decided on VanBrouck’s. Our decision was easily made based upon creative design, and designing a living style based upon who we are and how we live our lives. They listen to you and incorporate unique & functional design options. What you get in the end is a living piece of art, and some friends along the way. We cannot tell you how many strangers stop at our house and ask ‘who designed it’. We could not be happier with our home and highly recommend the VanBrouck’s as you consider this endeavor.”
Rick and Denise K.
“We could not be happier with the design of our home. After struggling with our first architect to provide expected drawings and meet promised due dates, we were directed to the VanBrouck’s. John and Donna solicited our ideas and wants, and just as importantly, those features we did not want. Despite the length of our wish list and the design restrictions those specifics created, the plan they put together captured the exact feel for both the interior and exterior we imagined. The house is full of interesting spaces but also flows naturally from room to room. Particular attention was paid to site lines and scale, and the unique features and level of detail consistent with the home’s style speak for the personal interest John and Donna put into their designs. In addition, the working relationship was professional and efficient, yet extremely personable. Each stage of the process was completed as promised and our expectations were always exceeded. The first concept drawings presented to us were 95% reflective of the final product, which is a real testament to their ability to interpret their clients’ input. The suitable-for-framing color pencil drawing of the proposed front elevation which accompanied these initial drawings was incredibly helpful in bringing the house to life immediately. Any changes we requested were optimized and completed quickly. We would encourage anyone planning to build a custom home to work with the VanBrouck’s. Their personal attention and imaginative plans provide excellent value and a very livable home.”
Mike and Teri R.
“We embarked on our home-building experience armed with little more than a set of blueprints, a vacant piece of land, and the hope that we could find just the right person to build our home. With his unparalleled responsiveness, easy-to-follow and transparent budgeting, and calm professionalism, Bryan soon dispelled our anxieties. Under his masterful hand, his carpenters, electricians, plumbers and stone masons transformed our vision into a finished home of astonishing detail, unsurpassed craftsmanship, unique character and solid construction. The homes that Bryan Leith builds are the gold standard for custom residential construction in the state of Michigan. We can think of no one else to whom we would rather entrust something as personal and as sacred as the building of our home. We confidently and enthusiastically recommend Bryan to anyone thinking of building their dream home.”