Jon and Eleanor Anderson, Wyckoff, NJ
This is to provide a reference for Erik Tolley of ERT Architects, Inc. Erik was referred to us by a reputable contractor on Cape Cod and we interviewed him along with several other architects. We initially approached him with the intent to do some renovation and expansion of a smaller summer cottage. It had been our understanding before meeting him that we would be restricted as to the extent of any renovations and probably would be prohibited from building a new house on the property because of zoning regulations.
Erik provided us with some options for renovation but encouraged us to consider a new house. On his own he researched the Town’s regulations and discovered that based on grandfathering, we had the option of building a new house.
Erik then sat with us to define what we wanted in a new house, drew up some sketches, and presented us with a concept that was right on target. Since we live off Cape, He helped us with the bidding process for the selection of a contractor and provided a third party objective review during the nine month construction phase. Our experience with Erik was positive. Beyond being creative, we found him to be responsive to our questions and needs, and very easy to work with overall. Erik designed a home for our family which has met all of our expectations. The house regularly draws positive comments from visitors and friends alike and even from “passers-by.” His interior designer, Barbara, was also very helpful in developing ideas for cabinetry around the fireplace and in the master bedroom and, as with Erik, was responsive and pleasant to work with.
Accordingly, we are happy to endorse Erik without reservation and would be happy to respond to any inquiries relative to his work on our home.
Jon and Eleanor Anderson
Bob and Ann Bartholomay, Nazareth, PA
In the summer of 2006, we found a waterfront house for sale that was two doors from our very good friends. The house was a disaster, but the property was fantastic. We decided to buy it. Around the same time, ERT was designing the renovations of two other houses on our street.
We liked the ERT designs, met Erik Tolley, Liked his architectural portfolio of past projects and his approach to design, and decided to engage ERT for our project.
Erik worked with the 1972 construction and designed a renovation with raised ceilings throughout most of the house. Erik turned a vinyl sided, ugly structure with seven sliding glass doors in to a handsome, traditional Cape Cod design. When the existing attached garage was determined to be too structurally unsound to save, Erik developed a work around design within a few days that improved the roof lines, replaced the garage, and created a bonus room on the second floor.
Barbara, ERT’s interior designer, assisted with the selection and design of ceramic and marble tile, built-ins, lighting, plumbing fixtures, and paint colors. Both Erik and Barbara were open to our personal ideas and were never condescending, no matter how lame our ideas might have been.
At the end of our project, we had a house that we were very proud to call home. We also have a new friend in Erik Tolley.
Bob and Ann Bartholomay
Anthony P. Facchini, Springfield, MA
Our family really appreciates your diligent work effort, attentiveness, and assistance in moving our project forward to completion. I know you had a very busy schedule, but you went out of your way to assist in many unanticipated ways, including but not limited to, obtaining the building permit. The level of customer service that our family received was extraordinary.
As you worked with our family, it became obvious you had the experience and knowledge to get the job done. It was worth everything to know that we were in such good hands. I have been fortunate to work with some outstanding people over many years, and you certainly rank up there at the top. Our project wouldn’t have succeeded without your assistance.
I want you to know that I will highly recommend your architectural services to friends, family, and anyone looking for an excellent architect as well as a solid upstanding person. You stand out from the pack in intelligence, initiative, ability, and determination. Thank you so much for going above and beyond what you had taken on.
Very truly yours,
Anthony P. Facchini
Ida and Tom Fiala, West Yarmouth, MA
We want to thank you and your team of trained professionals for you recent design of our addition. From the time that we conveyed to you what we were trying to accomplish to the end of the project was a most pleasurable experience.
Through our meeting with you, on site and in your office, your boundless ideas of form and function and sensitivity to our desires have created a fabulous living space.
The addition blended so well with the existing dwelling that it looks like it was always part of it.
Again we want to thank you so much for making it a pleasant experience.
Ida and Tom Fiala
West Yarmouth, MA
Al and Marie LaGreca, Hingham, MA
We want to give a sincere endorsement on behalf of Erik Tolley and his staff at ERT Associates, Inc.
Erik has been our architect on two houses. One, new construction of a contemporary Cape in South Plymouth and the second a ranch rehab in Hingham.
The house in Plymouth required extensive engineering design work as it was very unique construction. Erik was involved in every aspect and was always available when we needed his guidance. He worked very well with the construction crews and also with the town officials.
He is responsive and kept to the schedule. We would surely recommend him and use him again for future projects.
Al and Marie LaGreca,
Jen Perini and Jim Cunningham, Tiburon, CA
We want to take a moment to thank you for the all the fine work you and your staff did for us in the design of our home on Bass River in Cape Cod.
From the very beginning you recognized the emotional significance of this project to us, and you collaborated on each and every decision accordingly. From the first conceptual sketches to the final interior touches on the house, your advice, input, and creative solutions (to some very tricky problems) were excellent. We appreciate how you were always available to us, and were extremely patient with our last minute questions and requests for adjustments.
Without a moment’s thought we would recommend you and your firm for any architectural design project that might come your way.
Again, many thanks for a wonderful collaboration. We absolutely love our new house and expect that generations of our family to come will do so too.
Jen Perini and Jim Cunningham
Roger and Kathy Sullivan, West Dennis MA
We are thrilled!!!
Kathy and I thank you and Barbara very much for the time and effort you put in to making our concept come to life through the design you created. More importantly, we were pleased that you took the time to listen to the ideas that Kathy had envisioned and researched over the many, many months. Being so attentive was a principal factor in the successful outcome.
As you know, we were concerned about the exterior lines of the finished product. Your architectural experience and awareness of great Cape Cod designs have made our home look as though the addition was always there, so well does it blend in to the rest of the house.
We love the space, the layout, the light, and how our entire home seems to have opened up.
The proof is in the eye of the beholder, though. Even our neighbors comment on the number of cars that regularly slow down to admire our home as they drive by.
So, thank you again for a job well done!!!
If we can speak as a reference for any of your prospective clients, we would be pleased to do so.
Roger and Kathy Sullivan
West Dennis, MA
Samantha & Jerry Orinick, Orleans, MA
Erik Tolley and his colleagues have a keen understanding and great appreciation for the vernacular of historic homes in the setting of the small coastal Cape Cod community where we spend our summers.
Aware of this, my husband and I approached Erik to talk about our home which was in need of some TLC and updating for our expanding family. Erik was enthusiastic, listened attentively to our needs and style preferences, and during our meeting came up with a plan that we had never considered but which was genius, marrying old with new.
Without altering our 1890 house, he designed a beautiful new addition that sits on the same footprint of an old dysfunctional addition. This new space includes a new kitchen and family room with a master bedroom and bath on the second floor, connecting to an office space over the garage via a glass bridge.
Erik and his team were easy to work with, met deadlines, and we really appreciated the open lines of communication with them. The team works to understand your style and design priorities and then works with you to find pieces that you love and which work in your space.
I would recommend them to anyone for an architectural or design project, whether small or large.
Samantha & Jerry Orinick