“We engaged the services of Don Larkin, Architect, to design our new custom home in Manchester, Washington. We selected Don after reviewing and interviewing several other architects because of his previous experience in construction, his design style, and his easy-going manner. We were not disappointed.

We brought Don a conceptual layout, discussed with him our priorities , needs, wants and desires, and after a site visit, he flipped our concept 180 degrees which resulted in a far superior layout for the site. I guess that’s why you hire a professional. His initial exterior design so captivated my wife and me by delivering on our tastes and styles that we hardly made changes to his exterior concept.

Throughout the design process, Don brought us excellent ideas, and as we suggested changes or modifications, he was always good natured in dealing with our ignorances by pointing out why what we suggested would not work, and offering alternatives that blended our vision with reality. Once we settled on a design, he was there with us throughout the permitting process and the construction phase, making necessary or desired changes as requested. He has remained in contact after we completed construction to ensure we are satisfied with the home he designed based on our vision and our lifestyle.

Throughout the process, my wife and I learned a lot about the architectural design process. Don recognized some of our spatial visualization issues and developed some 3-D depictions of his 2-D drawings. These 3-D renderings helped tremendously in our ability to visualize the finished product, and to communicate with our contractor and trades people on the desired finished look. If Don does not offer these to you, I recommend that you ask him about them. They were an excellent aid in our design and build process.

I absolutely and without hesitation commend and recommend Don Larkin for anyone who is interested in new or remodel construction architectural services. He listens to what you want, brings to you what he heard, and works with you to refine the product to meet your dreams. Don certainly delivered on our dream. ”

Dave and Karen

“Don, we cannot say how much we appreciate the creativity and patience you showed in working with us on our dream. You were amazingly patient as we challenged conventional structural requirements in our desire for an open airy feeling. We will never forget the day you calmly said with a smile, “well, you have to allow me to put in a wall somewhere or the second floor will fall down on top of you”. You added the structural elements in a way that delivered on our goals marvelously. You should know that your creativity is all around us every day as we enjoy living in this home. As one example, you turned our idea for an open fireplace into a piece of art using “simple” wallboard. We can’t tell you how many guests have stood looking quietly at it, with little understanding that the cost of this wonderful piece of art was minimal as a result of your vision for inexpensive use of materials. The same holds true for the soffits and detail in the kitchen, dining areas, the art niche and more and more. Thanks for sharing your passion with us and thanks for becoming a friend in the process.”

-Laurie and Gary

“Dear Don, I wanted to write you regarding your new business. Rick and I are so pleased for you that you have taken on this challenge and we wish you great things in your endeavors! We were and still are thrilled with how our new addition came out that you designed. We not only love having the new space to enjoy, but it has brought our family closer as we now have a space to relax together while watching movies or playing games.

Working with you was a pleasure. You were able to take my vague concept/ description of what we were looking for in a new space and really make it happen. With such a small area or space available to add on our side yard, you were able to come up with an appropriate and satisfying design that not only blends in with our existing structure, but looks like it was built with the original house, which is just what we wanted.

Best of luck in you new venture, we are sure you will be successful! If you would like to come out and take pictures of the new room, let me know, you are welcome anytime!”

-Sue and Rick

“Don, you were knowledgeable and always pleasant to work with. You had ideas that we hadn’t thought of and the project turned out just perfect. My Mother enjoys living in her new space so much. The addition was on the front-side of the existing house and you did a great job of fitting it in with the existing house so it looked natural and not so much like an add-on. Thank you.”

-Bill, Carol, & Janet

“We had some initial ideas of what to do with a very difficult space. We explained these ideas to Don, who immediately saw a much larger and more appealing vision. As the rough sketches began to take shape, we could see Don was creating something both unique and special. His design not only makes full use of a once unusable space, but also brings the beauty of the surrounding woods into our home with his log and window treatments. We couldn’t be happier. It was a thrill to work with Don on this incredible project.”

-Dan and Crystal

“Our project was a large, multi-room remodel and Don was instrumental in helping us see our home’s potential. After listening to our family’s needs, Don presented us with several options that also fit within our budget requirements.
Don is a very thoughtful, creative architect. I would highly recommend him and plan to use him again for other projects.”

-Tom and Megan