“I was introduced to Elisabeth Martin of MDA designgroup when discussing renovating our Manhattan duplex. I interviewed a number of architects but the decision to go with Elisabeth was easy. We got along from the first moment we met. She took the time to really listen to what we were trying to accomplish with the renovation, what we needed functionality wise from our space and what we wanted aesthetically. She then jumped in immediately with wonderful ideas of her own. I was so impressed with her enthusiasm and natural ability to take a space in and see how to make it the best it could be.
We worked together to develop a detailed and well-designed substantial master plan for the project. This involved a repositioned newly designed stair, a new kitchen, 3 full bathrooms, ample storage, structural elements, new lighting throughout, new finishes, a new HVAC system, an AV system and redesigning our entire backyard. Elisabeth and her MDA designgroup team were always patient with my many questions and concerns. They would work in items I’d request seamlessly and were happy to present me with design elements to select from and provide additional options based on my feedback.
As a first time renovator and a family new to Manhattan, we relied on Elisabeth’s ample connections in the area. She connected us with many very talented and pleasant craftsmen and tradesmen throughout the project and managed their work – from our main contractor to engineers to a stone expert to an AV specialist to an expeditor. Elisabeth and everyone at MDA designgroup kept the project on track and tirelessly handled any issues that arose. Elisabeth was an advocate for us with everyone involved in the project, including our condo board.
In the end, our home now suits us perfectly, has so many features we adore and is more than we could have hoped for. Our family and friends agree, we get compliments on anyone who comes over. I honestly do not think we would have gotten the same results with any other partner. Elisabeth Martin is a true pleasure to work with and a wonderful architect.” – JC, Client, Horatio Duplex, 2015