I hired James Collins to design our home because he was referred to us by a friend. Had I known he was such a renowned and accomplished architect I would have been intimidated but Jim was anything but intimidating. When we first started the project, we rode around a favorite neighborhood and I showed him the houses I liked best. I was delighted to learn we both loved the Dutch Colonial style popular during the 1920's. Jim created plans that were true to the Dutch Colonial design in a timely manner. Every detail from the line of the roof, the size of the columns, and even the outside hearth that was floor level, was a beautiful depiction of our vision. My home is greatly admired for the inviting front porch that beckons neighbors to come sit and chat to the long, wide hallways with dark hardwood that inspire every child that visits to run around and around the loop to the front door to the kitchen and back. Most people are shocked to discover our house is almost ten years old. They assume it's been a part of our historic neighborhood forever and that's exactly what I hoped for. I strongly recommend Jim Collins work.
- Carole Perkins
Amazing experience! Jim was able to provide plans for our new home that have exceeded our expectations. He brought historical expertise as well as his artistic talent to our project.
- Melissa Martin
I had the pleasure of working with Jim Collins on a project to conceptualize and design house plans for a rather challenging lot. Jim did an amazing job! He is bright, energetic, creative, reliable and professional. By far, he is the most accomplished design professional I have ever worked with. His knowledge of historical architecture is impressive. I recommend Jim without any hesitation!
- Andy Siegal
We interviewed several architects for our project. Jim stood out. He knew exactly what we were looking for, since our style home is his expertise and passion.
We found him very easy to work with. Throughout the project, he remained professional, attentive, creative and flexible.
We could not have been happier with both the process and the results.
- Ellen Fischer
James S. Collins is perhaps one of the most highly trained professional architects on the east coast. His attention to finite details along with his creative vision are superb! He was delightful to work with from the beginning stages of planning the design for our home until the very end of our project completion. Jim's knowledge of historical architecture surpasses any other architect's in our area and I would highly recommend him for anyone who is interested in building a truly unique and timeless home! When friends, family or colleagues visit our home, they are in awe of the excellent craftsmanship and the thoughtful creativity that seems to have been forgotten over time in new home construction today. In fact, most individuals believe that our new home was renovated from an old historical house in our neighborhood instead of being only five years old! This is the ultimate compliment for Jim because he is so conscientious of all historical details involved in creating a superior and masterful showplace!
- Robin Barefoot