What People are Saying…


“I guess from the very beginning I was a skeptic. Oh, I did not doubt that you could deliver a beautiful room. But I was not convinced that you could really deliver a room that looked like it had always been there, that looked as old as the rest of the house, and that fit in seamlessly.  I have seen enough additions in other old houses, and they always looked like additions. When I saw new windows, new doors, new floors coming in, I thought we would do the best we could to blend in the new with the old.
    But I have seen the room; now I am a believer! I am amazed at how well the new room flows into the rest of the house, like it has always been here. The replication of the wood trim, the “old brick” fire place and built-ins, the faux-grain door that Harold did a masterful job on – it truly feels like a 1918 bungalow room.  Even using the old doors to the closet and powder room was the perfect touch.  We had a couple over the other night, and the old doors fooled them into thinking that area was part of the old house.  Especially at night with softer lighting, the room feels old.  I think it will take an expert eye to ever detect that it was not part of the original house.
I am a skeptic no longer.”
Nancee & Joby S., West Lawn, PA

    “We hired JFA Architecture for our main floor renovation (kitchen, dining room, music room, family room, laundry and powder rooms). This was a major renovation that included removing walls, moving a bathroom and laundry room and eliminating an entire staircase. From our first meeting discussing concepts with JFA to the completion of the project, we were 100 % satisfied. Joe came up with ideas we would never have thought of and it made all the difference in making our house our dream home. He was always available to answer questions, even shopped with me to help in all the decision making. He recommended the builder/contractor based on his knowledge of our needs. He could not have made a better choice. They worked well with JFA as well as with me and my husband. Once the work began,he was hands on and aware of each phase of the project and came to the house if we needed him to. We will certainly be using him again for our second floor renovation.”
-David & Stephanie B., Doylestown, PA

    “When we first met John and Joe we were about to give up on the plans we had for our dream kitchen.  We had been working with another architect for over a year on a design for a kitchen addition that also included major renovations to our existing home.  We soon realized that the design we had been working on for so long could never be built within our budget.  It all seemed hopeless.”
    “We met with John to see if he could salvage our plans.  He explained to us that the design was flawed because it tried to meet all of our wishes and was unrealistic from a construction and budgetary point of view.  He also explained how his team could design and build what
we needed with the goal of phasing in future projects while staying within our budget.  Our enthusiasm for the whole project was restored.”
   “John and Joe created new plans which realistically met our expectations and needs. The process of working with them and everyone else at Gemmi Construction was energizing and pleasant.  John and his crew became part of the family.  Any issues along the way were dealt with fairly and professionally. The end result exceeded our expectations. The addition and renovated spaces look beautiful and most importantly to us, everything was designed and built to compliment the original character of our home.  We could not be happier.”
-Chris & Lynne M., Morrisville, PA

    “Our kitchen addition updated the functionality and space of our house.  We traded our under-utilized side porch for an expanded kitchen that fits our lifestyle of hospitality.  We love the functionality of the kitchen, but we believe that the success of the project lies in its details.  The project team worked hard to match the integrity and style of our home.  The unification of the kitchen space between the old kitchen and the porch was facilitated by the inset structural beam.  The back door brackets were  meticulously sculpted in the style of the original porch brackets.  The trim and doors are consistent with the original.  And a bookshelf was created in the decommissioned doorway which included the preservation and backlighting of the stained glass in the transom.  In addition to appreciating the care and attention that is evident in the design  and construction, we enjoyed working with this team.”
-Nancy & Lawrence B., Glenside, PA

   “We had lived in our house for 7 years when we began to wonder if this was the house we wanted to stay in forever. We started to consider if we should move  or, could we stay in the house we loved, on a great street, where our kids are happy and just improve what we already had going for us. We looked at many, many houses for sale, nothing was quite right. Then we met with the architect and the builder and finally  we had a plan we loved and one that would make this house our forever home. Our dining room, laundry and mudroom addition are fantastic and it seems like it has always been part of this house. Now that construction is over, the dust is cleared and this new home becomes our home we love what we see and are very happy we decided to stay.”
-Julie & Mark D., Rydal, PA

   “When you see this great accomplishment everyone has taken the time to do, you just feel so grateful, when people put their hands, their hearts and their souls into it.”
-L. McWhite, Bristol, PA

   “Joe is a rare talent in the world of Residential Architecture – his plans are clear, concise and detailed; His vision is thorough and well thought out.  He is an architect without the stereotypical ego and it shows in the way he listens to his clients.  From the perspective of a contractor, it is most refreshing to work with an Architect that is open to ideas, is familiar with construction techniques and is eager to participate in the process.  From the perspective of a client, his renderings are priceless and his response to questions and comments is quick and well thought out.  I have worked with many Architects, and JFA comes with my highest recommendation – without hesitation.”
-Joe Schwartz, J.Schwartz, LLC

   “I have worked with many Architects in the past but have found a true professional in Joe. He has a great eye for capturing the details and coming up with a realistic program that fits the clients needs and budget. He has a very good handle on true construction costs which is uncommon with most Architects.”
-John Gemmi, Gemmi Construction

   “We have worked with Joe on several construction projects over the last 5 years.  Not only is Joe a good Architect, he has a knowledge of construction.  This allows him to provide a level of understanding that will ultimately save money and time on a project.”
-Mitch Handman, R.C. Legnini

   “Joe is a true architect, passionate about great design and visual appeal.  He has very high integrity and will inspire a very creative design process.”
-Greg Harth, Harth Builders

   “It is my pleasure to recommend Joe Augustine to anyone that may be in need of architectural services. I have bought Joe into several projects and Joe absolutely listened to the client from the start to the finish. He listened to the client’s needs, style, budget and aesthetic issues. Joe is a true professional that you cannot go wrong hiring.”
-Bob Dubree, Creative Contracting