Franklin Report Report Card for Di Biase Filkoff Architects in Connecticut/Westchester
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Di Biase Filkoff Architects
27 Westchester Avenue
Pound Ridge, NY 10576
(914) 234-7014
Main Contact: Cynthia, Armand

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Historically sensitive, understated traditional architecture

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Sources tell us the architects at Di Biase Filkoff have solved the riddle of making things look as if they have been there for 100 years, while making them timeless and functional. They say the firm is "big on custom windows and understated elegance." A skill for highly detailed design, a commitment to high-quality materials and an eagle's eye for scale and proportion are characteristics sources use to describe the firm. While trained as modernists, the architects are highly respected for their sensitivity to the vernacular, "not imposing their style on anyone" and for virtually being design "chameleons."

Cynthia Filkoff and Armand Di Biase, both Syracuse graduates in architecture, head the firm. Created in 1992, the firm currently employs seven. The practice handles only six or seven projects at any given time in order to maintain high levels of personalized client services and to devote the necessary amount of time to the design process. Clients say Filkoff, who worked for several years with the prestigious firm of Shope Reno Wharton Associates, is "an honest and fair person who is always looking out for the client."

The majority of the firm's work is in significant renovations and new home design that can top $3 million in construction costs. However, the firm happily does much smaller projects, particularly for return clients. The firm charges a standard percentage of overall construction costs.

Representative Client Comments:
"Cynthia responds very well to those little surprises you get when you open up the walls in an old house. Our insulation turned out to be hay and manure, so she obviously had to fix that little problem." "She is always on time--and that's saying something because she was pregnant and had a baby during our project, but she was there for every meeting." "I later had to put the house on the market and it sold in one day--and I regret having to leave it."

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