Franklin Report Report Card for Built Inc. in Los Angeles
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Built Inc.
9105 W. Sunset Blvd.
West Hollywood, CA 90069
(323) 857-0409
Main Contact: John Sofio
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Modernist-inspired furniture design, residential design/build

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FR Review:
The designers' collective at Built Inc. takes funky inspiration from the modernist gems scattered among the hills. A New York transplant, "candid" founder John Sofio helms a boutique design/build shop—as well as an art and design gallery retail space. In both his custom renovations and new ground-up construction projects, Sofio is said to create unique, environmentally cool bits of contemporary craftsmanship from historical bones. Whether playing upon the indoor/outdoor vibe, exploring color, or trying out different materials, Sofio is said to enjoy the experimental. The less adventurous should look elsewhere.

Which is not to say that Sofio is a renegade on the job. On the contrary, all projects are developed in close consultation with clients and then taken from concept to completion together. Sofio's construction division implements the design, and is so sensitive to every nuance that Sofio is sometimes approached by other architects to execute their visions. In all cases, he controls volume to maintain high standards.

While Sofio no doubt comes to projects with a designer's eye, he never loses his GC heart. As the builder of his own designs, he is very flexible in delivering an array of possibilities that can be executed and still conform to the budget. Two draftsmen and two project managers work with Sofio to keep budgets and subs well in check. It may not be for everyone, but Sofio has plenty of admirers. One satisfied client said of her home, "They'll have to carry me out in a box."

Representative Client Comments:
"The golden part of working with John is you're creating a project as you go." "He's committed to getting through it as friends." "The reality is amazing." "The process is one of flexibility with John. He definitely brings a style but the design is always negotiable." "Cost conscious and creative." "John is good at listening. He took what we wanted with functionality and flow and applied his unique aesthetic."

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