Testimonials

Castillero Design & Construction

“I have been in the residential construction business for 35 years and recently started working with Gary Harcourt and Rick Kaufman. I find them both to be very creative and easy to work with. I am looking forward to future projects with them.”

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Rose & Robert Daly

“Hi Gary, I just wanted to let you know how much we’ve enjoyed working with you over the past few months. You’ve done a wonderful job and working with you on our plans for the backyard studio has been a delight. At this time, we are putting the construction portion of the project on hold, but we want you to know that if the opportunity arises, we would love to work with you again. And you have most certainly earned absolutely glowing references from us.”

Rose & Robert DalyClient
Randy Johnson

“I have admired Rick Kaufman’s work for many years. He is extremely talented and creative. I know him personally as a man of integrity who will always go the extra mile in every project he undertakes. I would highly recommend Rick without hesitation.”

Randy JohnsonFriend & Colleague
Anonymous

“Rick is a very talented designer and competent Architect. I have known him for over 35 years and he is very congenial to work with and has a positive working attitude. His work is wonderful.”

AnonymousFriend & Colleague
Marc Susskind

“Hello Gary, I’m glad that we finally put faces to names. Oftentimes, oddly enough, we rarely if ever, see the architect or designer on site, after the project has broken ground. It always seemed strange to me that the designer wouldn’t want to see how their creation turned out and to receive feedback so I appreciate your approach. I’ve included some alley shots taken in recent weeks. The ADU really turned out well, you have a keen eye for how to efficiently use space, while adding interesting lines and incorporating creative use of light. It was a fun build! I’ll keep you in mind for future projects. It seems like you have a wealth of experience and knowledge which is invaluable to us builders.”

Marc Susskind
Lynn W. Lyon

“As I have stated on many occasions in the past, First Bank feels that you made significant contributions to the successful remodeling of our Bank’s headquarters. Your ability to work with the undersigned and our interior decorator was very much appreciated. You contributed a number of the key interior design elements. The building has, I’m proud to say, received a high award from the Obispo Beautiful Association.”

Lynn W. LyonFirst Bank of SLO
HDH Services

“I personally hired Gary F. Harcourt and team after interviewing several architects in the San Louis Obispo County I live in. As a self employed contractor building a 3800 sq ft dream home with a 2000 sqft workshop for my wife and family, I wanted to hire the best.

Gary was and is that best. From day one at interview, Gary out shined others by his confidence and positive enthusiastic love for his career and for our dream project that brought a steady peace and joy throughout the process. His recommendations and ideas due to his proven knowledge and experience helped us to save a lot of money.

Overall I am very satisfied. I recently had another general contractor compliment how well done his plans are. You will be in good hands with his team.”

HDH ServicesClient
Marie Whiteford

“This letter is long overdue, but I wanted you to know that the O.R. remodel project was a great accomplishment for Valley Community Hospital. I think your creativity and vision with a near impossible conversion enabled the project to move ahead. I appreciated your role as architect in the project of seeking state approvals, ‘turn around time,’ and the impact the project has had on the staff in providing a much improved working environment. I know it was difficult for you as architect to come into a project that had so many people associated with it, but the liaison with myself as Construction Project Manager, Ray Baird, State Inspector and Terry Beetle of Maino Construction was of a true professional. I sincerely hope that we can work together on future projects. If I can provide a reference to anyone who may want to secure your services, I will be most willing. Again, thank you for a most successful project.”

Marie WhitefordValley Comunity Hospital
J Mike Arrambide

“We want you to know how pleased we are with your planning and architectural services in the development of our nineteen bed addition and remodel of ‘Country Care Convalescent Hospital.’ Your firm has been of great assistance to us in our work with the Office of Statewide Health, Planning and Development, Facilities Planning, and now the Farmers Home Administration. The addition and remodel of our hospital and presented many problems, which your firm has continued to meet with imaginative and economical solutions. Should you ever need a good reference…use us!”

J Mike ArrambideConvalescent Hospital
Kevin Shirata

“I am writing this letter on behalf of Gary Harcourt with whom I worked with on a project at Vintage Senior Living, a 151 unit assisted living community, in Simi Valley. I hired Gary as the architect for our Alzheimer’s renovation. Gary and his team demonstrated extreme professionalism and responsiveness. His knowledge of building codes, familiarity with city processes, and team efforts allowed us to obtain our construction permits earlier than anticipated. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Gary again and have no hesitation in recommending him for his services.”

Kevin ShirataVintage Senior Living
Jane K Q

“We hired Rick to design a room addition of approximately 340 sq. ft. which would enlarge our kitchen and family room and allow enough space to put in a pool table. I also had a specific request to include a large window above the French doors leading out to the patio that would accommodate a large stained glass piece. Rick came up with a great design that exceeded all our expectations. We are so pleased with the end result. Rick always answered my phone calls, emails or texts within a timely manner. This was our first remodeling project, and he patiently listened to what we wanted and provided us with guidance and many great ideas. His knowledge, experience and professionalism was evident at every meeting. He provided all of the plans and submitted them to the city for approval. He met all deadlines and dealt with the city or our general contractor when questions or problems arose. He came by often to check on the progress of the construction. We are so pleased with our new kitchen and family room. We would highly recommend him to anyone looking for someone to design a remodel. He was wonderful to work with.”

Jane K QClient
Bill G Barker Jr.

“I have had the pleasure of working with this firm for approximately two years. During this time I have worked very closely with Gary Harcourt and his staff in dealing with a variety of situations involving numerous state agencies. As Inspector of Record for the Country Care Convalescent Hospital Expansion Project, I worked with Gary Harcourt who was the project Architect of record. Due to changes initiated by the owner, Contractor and OSHPD, this project developed a lot of paper work. I found the ability of Mr. Harcourt and his staff to track all of the paper trail and maintain current change order status a great asset in reviewing the project with the many state agencies involved with the construction of a hospital. Gary has always presented his self with the upmost professionalism as an Architect as well as a Construction Manager. I would not hesitate to recommend Gary Harcourt and his staff for any project, whether it is a small remodel or a large development.”

Bill G Barker Jr.OSHPD Inspector
Anonymous

“Excellent and timely service. Never had to wonder if our best interests were being served, or if there were ‘new’ or ‘complicated’ issues requiring additional time and expense. Highly recommend.”

AnonymousClient
Mike Welch

“I’ve worked with Rick for 20 years and have always been amazed at his creative flair. With an eye to cost effective solutions that go far beyond the norm, he is honest and creative.”

Mike Welch Colleague
Ann Packard

“I have worked with Rick Kaufman for more than 20 years and highly recommend him for any design work you may have. Rick is innovative in his design vision, creating design concepts that clearly show his depth and understanding of each project. He considers the client’s needs, wants and the boundaries of the proposed project – offering detailed options to complete a successful design and actual product.”

Ann PackardColleague
Patrick E. Dougherty

“I worked with this architectural firm on a $2,000,000 plus project in Rancho Santa Fe as the general contractor. The residence was over 8,000 s.f. and the information flow before and during the project was excellent. I would highly recommend them for their professionalism and their attention to architectural details.”

Patrick E. DoughertyCEO for Steigerwald-Dougherty, Inc.
Raymond Baird

“I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Harcourt on an intense remodeling project encompassing an operating room and support spaces at the Santa Maria Valley Community Hospital. As Inspector of Record for that project and others at that institution, I work with Mr. Harcourt in inspecting the construction of that job and found him quite competent and able in his knowledge of the project and in expediting the job. I always found Mr. Harcourt and his staff to present themselves in a professional manner and easy to work with. I would highly recommend him for your design and management needs for any medical or skilled nursing project.”

Raymond BairdArchitect
Lynn Simonsen

“I just wanted to drop a quick note to express my appreciation for the architectural services you provided at Hummel Village Senior Community. You were able to make a quick assessment of our issue with the County of Santa Barbara and were able to prepare the plans necessary for us to address our compliance issue. You were able to match our deadlines in a smooth and professional manner, and we were able to get through the issues without delay. We wish you well in your endeavors and look forward to working with you as we make the transition from independent units to assisted care units in the not too distant future.”

Lynn SimonsenManaging Member for Hummel Village
Tom Lawrie

“We chose Gary Harcourt to design our home after a fruitless search for existing homes. We have a unique piece of hilly land with the building lot in the midst of an oak forest. Gary did an unbelievable job of placing the home on the land. When people see it, they comment that it looks like the home has been there ‘forever’ due to the placement in the trees, though it’s only been 10 years. The interior design was very collaborative and working against a budget. Gary was able to accurately cost out the options we were considering in a way that made it possible to make the best decisions for our family and our wallet. We love our home and visitors always comment on the unique beauty and livability of our home. We highly recommend Gary Harcourt to anyone considering his services.”

Tom LawrieClient
Mike Neiggemann

“This letter of reference for Mr. Gary Harcourt, is a pleasure to write. I have been personally aware of his fine work for some time, but have worked directly with him only for the last year or so. He has been involved in the planning and design of the new campus for North County Christian School. I serve the school as chairman of the School Board, and as unofficial head of the building committee. Gary has proven to be creative, dependable, flexible and possesses interpersonal skills. He has worked well with government officials during the planning process and consequently we have substantial good will on their part. While we are only at the preliminary design phase, it is clear that his thinking on our behalf extends through to project completion. He presents alternative well, and actively listens to the comments of others. His willingness to partner with us has made our project all the more feasible. I look forward to a continuing relationship with Gary as we continue the development of the new campus.”

Mike NeiggemannNCCS
Raul Cano

“Hi Gary, I just received the plans you sent me. They are magnificent! They are quite complex. I went over them last night (Through the areas I could understand) and all appears to be there! It’s going to be a great home. You have done an awesome job putting our thoughts and your imagination on paper. I can’t wait to see it blossom into reality. I could have made other choices hiring an architect, but none of them would have been better than the choice I made. Thanks for being there! I look forward to working with you some more!”

Raul CanoClient
Anonymous

“Gary Harcourt designed an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) that we built for a client roughly two years ago. Gary’s plan made great use of the site’s orientation on the property and made great use of the limited space (he was limited to less than 600 square feet due to local building code). The ADU feels spacious, light and efficient. Gary’s plan was easy to follow as a builder and not over built. The project went smoothly from start to finish and the architect should get much of the credit for that.”

AnonymousColleague
Bobby Jones

“I and my clients have always had a great experience with Rick Kaufman on all our construction projects in San Diego. Rick is very creative, pleasant and professional. I highly recommend Rick to help out with anyone’s architectural needs. After working with Rick for years I consider him a friend!”

Bobby JonesClient
Tom Fincher

“An Architect myself, I have worked with Rick Kaufman on numerous commercial and interiors projects at a previous firm. His diligence, professionalism and his design integrity contribute to realizing project objectives in a collaborative relationship.”

Tom FincherArchitect
Christine Done

“I had the pleasure of working with Rick Kaufman for a few years, and enjoyed the experience very much. I found Rick to be creative, innovative, hardworking and generous with his time. Additionally, he always had the client’s interest and budget in mind. I wholeheartedly recommend hiring H&K Architects for your new build, home renovation and/or addition. You will be getting an excellent creative and knowledgeable team to help you from conception, through permitting and construction.”

Christine DoneColleague
Anonymous

“Rick is a consummate professional and really an ‘artist’ in the best sense of the word. In this industry we throw around terms like ‘out of the box’ and ‘visionary’ but this is a person who truly makes every project spectacular, because he applies his gifts to bring to life the unique dreams and vision of his clients. Rick is an architect with talent, passion and know-how to get the job done.”

AnonymousColleague