We have finally unpacked most of our boxes and are settling into our new home. We are enjoying it more and more each day.
You have captured the style and layout we had hoped to achieve. The more we live in our new home the more we realize the great skill it took to configure the floor plan with regard to the flow from one room to the next... and the views are endless from almost every room.
- Wally & Renate
Jan and I are enjoying our new home every day, and after 90 days of living here, we have come to realize all the details of planning carefully to take advantage of the location and create every living space with such a spacious feeling. We believe the finished house has met our dream and all the living areas could not have been better utilized.
Given the complex nature of the site, we enjoyed working with your staff and the prompt feedback allowing our construction to flow smoothly.We wish you and your staff all the best!
- Doug & Jan
It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you over the years. You are not only a knowledgeable architect and consummate professional but you are a kind and caring person. Congratulations on 25 years with BJA. You are all one big family over there and that attitude and enthusiasm shows in every wonderful design. We look forward to working together for many more years to come!
Paul & Angelique Julian and Family
Now that I have settled into my beautiful new home I would like to thank you and your staff for turning my dreams into reality.
As you know I started my project with a beautiful oceanfront lot and a terribly neglected, outdated home. I interviewed several of the top architects, known for large view or estate properties. I made it a point to visit their homes as well as interview the homeowners and review their portfolios. Based on references, professionalism and most importantly “architectural work” I decided on your firm.
From that first conceptual meeting to “final” occupancy the process was clear, professional and timely. Speaking of timely, let me point out that your firm was able to deliver the “impossible”. My plans were approved by the notorious City of Laguna Beach at our first “Design and Review’ board hearing. A feat to this day that is unheard of in Laguna Beach. I know of many homes and plans that have been in the city for months and even in the case of “oceanfronts” years. The money saved as well as the unneeded stress from endless design review meetings was reason enough to use your firm. The same process was again used with the California Coastal Commission with the same “first time” result.The team, including builder and interior design firm, that you helped me assemble proved to be a big success. With your firm taking the lead and the other team members understanding their roles we had a seamless integration of professionals providing their skills and talents with absolutely “no finger pointing”. That again proved invaluable to making my project fun, creative and stress free.
Obviously, the above mentioned are by products of building a custom home. The real prize is the finished home. I can sum it by simply saying “it is the finest, most incredible home I have ever seen”. It is everything I dreamed of and much more.Once again I want to thank you and Bonnie and your firm for making all this possible.
Doc and I would like to wish you congratulations on your 25 years at BJA! It has been a pleasure working with you and we cannot say enough how happy we are with Lagunita. The house is truly spectacular and the compliments never cease. We absolutely love the design and cannot thank you and everyone at BJA enough! Congratulations again on your 25 years!
Nick and “Doc” Lopez
With moving in just before Christmas and all the excitement that is built around the holidays and New Year, I have been a little tardy in Thanking you and your associates!
After the first interview with you, I knew the eight interviews I had with other architects was time well spent... because during that ninth interview I knew I had found the right team! If I had stopped short on number seven or eight, I know I would not have the house I have today. The house that so many people describe as a sculpture.
Although the building process has many bumps in the road, you, Bonnie, Rob, Kathy and the others on your team have truly been the highlight. You and your team are really professionals, easy to work with and I always felt that you had myself and project at the forefront. After talking with so many other architects and builders, it is very refreshing to work with extremely creative people that enjoy what they do, with that enjoyment being translated in how they work with their clients. And I have to Thank You Brion for many things... the wonderful design, it is truly a one of a kind; for the way you gave me your undivided attention when we worked together; your absolute true creativity and how to value engineer details when it was necessary; and... for those times when I needed a different opinion with interior design and details. You are a natural at this... I can understand why you enjoy it so much!
My family and I are very grateful and appreciative of the work effort and enthusiasm that Brion Jeannette and his team contributed in the design and construction of our house in Pelican Hills. We chose Brion Jeannette as our architect because of what we saw as his ability and desire to create a home that was aesthetically and efficiently designed to the requirements of all the members of our family. Brion worked intimately with the family through the design phase and constantly oversaw the construction phase, in the end, creating a home that was both elegant in its aesthetic as well as comfortable and relaxing in its design.
Once again, we would like to thank Brion and Bonnie and their entire staff for their integral involvement in the creation of our house and home.
We are finally settled in the house after all. Most boxes are open and walls have few paintings on them. I have to tell you that this house is better than the most expensive resorts we have been to and we really do not feel like going on vacations anymore. Boys come home almost twice a month from San Francisco and want to stay home, something I never thought I would live to see. Everything worked out in terms of spaces, heights, and flow between the rooms. Colors came out really warm and pleasant and wide open outdoors have become part of the family room environment just as we had envisioned.
And now my thoughts for your future clients. Brion designed our first custom home at Pelican Hill about 7 years ago when Irvine Company as well as homeowners were confused about the design guidelines. Dreams are not always architecturally correct and thank God for good experienced architects that we were able to accomplish most of our dream without trouble from ACC at Irvine.Company or Orange County Building Inspectors. Our builder made a comment that Brion’s plans were (the most detailed) that he had ever seen. It made bidding very easy and we finished a fairly large home under budget and within time. Our second custom house at Pelican Crest was also designed by Brion and this time we were dealing with even more stringent and aggressive architectural controlled committee of Irvine Company and needless to say that his experience and diligence made the process painless once again.
In the last 7 years, I have talked to many friends and neighbors, all building custom homes and my choice again will be Brion for architecture, if I do it for the third time. He has been an integral part of architectural activities of Southern California Coast for a long time and knows the whims and fancies of Coastal Commission and county inspectors. He typically uses 25% more structural support than the engineers recommend, which is very comforting to know in this earthquake country. I think having an architect like Brion on your side will be most beneficial and cost effective.