Read the client's letters here: Shaffer | Morris | Van Wingerden
You were very easy to work with and we appreciated that you listened to our ideas. You made suggestions within the context of our needs, keeping in mind that it is our house. But you also told us when you thought we were on the wrong path ... and always suggested a better approach to achieve our goals.
Howard’s familiarity with the permitting process, gained from many years serving on City advisory commissions and design review boards, was invaluable in guiding our projects through what could otherwise have been a bureaucratic minefield. His combined expertise in both architecture and engineering serves his clients well and puts him at the top of his field.
No matter how large or small the job is, it is most reassuring to know that Howard will always give the job his utmost attention. Building your dream home or investment property can be a very stressful experience, or you can hire Howard Wittausch as your architect/structural engineer and make it an exciting and expressive journey.
Over the last fifteen years, I have worked with Howard on several projects ranging from a guest bathroom in our home, to the design and installation of a foundation retaining wall for an as-built hillside garage for one of my rental properties, to the permitting of an existing partially underground commercial missed-use property in Nevada where the approvals of several city and county agencies were required. In each instance, Howard’s expertise and careful planning enabled me to produce the necessary documents and navigate a sometimes daunting complex bureaucratic process. I feel lucky to be able to work with such a talented and professional person and continue to keep him in my circle of trusted consultants for advice and guidance on matters of design and construction.
I worked with Howard from 1999 to 2002 on a home he designed for a beautiful, peaceful and constrained site. It turned out to be the most architecturally challenging home I’ve ever built. Howard was determined to have the home be significant and original, from the overall concept to the smallest detail. The creative efforts demanded that all elements be studied, rigorously vetted and flawlessly executed. The end result – a home that will stand the test of time in design, execution and performance.