C L I E N T   R E V I E W S

We enjoy the new energy that each client brings to our business. Our goal is to provide a completed project that surpasses their expectations for improvement to their homes and their lives. While maintaining a professional relationship is essential, we find that through the course of a project, we form a connection to the home owner that far outlasts the length of the building process.
We are proud that many of our clients return to us for their next projects. Here is what a few of our clients have to say about us.

"It started with an OMG! our walls are disintegrating! and it has ended with OMG! our space is amazing! And that is largely because you took the time initially to come over and give me some advice as I was in a panic and then walk us through what could have been a daunting process. You brought in the best contractor we have ever worked with who subsequently introduced us and our house to amazing subcontractors that realized the vision we all have some part in. We are in the "new" sun room every day. We read, eat, work, nap, and simply sit. The full beauty of this room has yet to unfold as we hit each new season with our enhanced view to the world. Sometimes I think it it the only room I would need, just roll in a bed."

Joan, Wellesley

"We call Lisa and her staff Melissa and Kevin, the "A team". The name extends to her contractors and subcontractors as well. The end to end service provided by this team is extraordinary. Starting with the care taken to understand what we were looking for, our vision, tastes, goals. The design work is fabulous and was executed to our vision beautifully. This is a highly collaborative process, or it can be that you are out of the country, as we were for 6 weeks, and all moved along smoothly with no worries on our part.

Lisa makes every phase easy from picking out the materials, where she narrows a huge number of choices down to a well culled and manageable number of vendors. She also passed her discount status with vendors along to us for all of our purchases (I loved "shopping day"). Unlike most architects, Lisa is present at every stage of the project, with regular site visits and updates as to the next phase. Her strong interior design sensibility makes it easy to execute that phase as well, i.e. no need to pull in an interior decorator for paint colors. Lisa has a very unusual ability to visualize space in the abstract, as a result our house flows beautifully from one room/space to the other.

We enjoyed our first project with this team so much that we went on to do a second project. All is meticulously tracked and at the end of the project you receive a binder with information on every aspect of the project.

We can't more highly recommend their work!

Cindy Buzby

"Lisa was recommended by a friend and when we approached her we thought we needed an addition but instead we were able to work with the space we had and feel that our house has been transformed. She was able to leverage the functionality of the house for our family of six and every day we enjoy our beautiful new spaces.  

Lisa gave us guidance with every decision including fixtures, lighting, cabinets, tile and paint. She came with me to every vendor appointment, had great relationships with them, and could not have been more hands on. She never waivered in her goal to ensure that we were happy with every decision - both large and small. She was in touch constantly and on top of every detail from start to finish.  Her level of professionalism is unmatched. She introduced us to a builder who was highly skilled, honest and good value and worked closely with him throughout. Our experience with Lisa was fantastic." 

Sheila C. , Wellesley, MA
"Abeles and Associates handled every aspect of our home renovation with imagination and meticulous care, from the initial blue-sky conceptualizing to the finest details of construction. Our home was utterly transformed from a tired, slightly dilapidated Victorian to the beautiful home we imagined it could be." 
Bill and Sue L., Newton MA

"We have worked with Lisa and her firm on three projects over the last 14 years, beginning with a full home renovation in 1999. I still remember it like it was yesterday. After being excited by her proposal and portfolio, I was initially disappointed to learn that she would not be able to start our project for almost three months...but she appeared on that scheduled Monday in January(to the day) and for the next nine months we felt like we were her only client. She was precise, organized and efficient. She oversaw and coordinated every aspect of our project, managing the general contractor, reviewing invoices and payment requests and assisting us in selecting and purchasing trim, fixtures, paints, appliances, etc. Our full floor to ceiling renovation of every square inch of this home went from demolition to occupancy in less than nine months. Less than seven years later we renovated an unfinished basement to create an exercise room, bathroom, entertainment and AV room and wine closet, greatly expanding the utility of our home and expanding the play space for our growing family. Again Lisa brought efficiency and organization to an important home enhancement. Finally, in 2011-12, we renovated the interior and exterior of a home in southern Maine, again calling on Lisa and Abeles & Associates. Despite the distance, Lisa designed the renovation, coordinated the general contractor relationship and assisted us with a very successful project. You would have thought her office was around the corner. For projects requiring considerable financial and emotional commitment, Lisa's expertise and support enabled us to complete each of them on time, with very high quality and for a fair value. We trust her without qualification and would hire her again in an instant."

Art & Liz, Wellesley, MA


"We did a major renovation of our home with Lisa, and were impressed with her expertise, incredible attention to detail, and wonderful resources.  We are thrilled with our home, and recommend Lisa highly." 

Betsy and Steve R., Wellesley, MA

"We loved working with Lisa, and Abeles and Associates. In addition to being highly skilled, Lisa is fully engaged in the projects she undertakes. From shopping with me for everything from bathroom tile to refrigerators, to coming up with ideas that are at once practical, creative and beautiful, Lisa was a joy to work with. I look back on our eight-month renovation as a fun, interesting and enjoyable experience - in large part due to Lisa and her team. I would hire them again in a heartbeat."

Jenny Berz, Brookline, MA 


"We have worked with Lisa and her team on two home renovation projects. Choosing an architect is both a personal and professional decision. Lisa listened to how we lived, considered our needs and then kept the entire project running smoothly from start to completion. She was always available to us, as well as to anyone working on our project. She brings such a high level of expertise to everything she does, as well as the humor and warmth that is sometimes needed. The final results speak to her sense of style and vision. We would not hesitate to recommend Lisa to anyone. Thanks for everything!" 

Laura Hartnett, Wellesley, MA

"We first engaged Lisa over ten years ago, when a friend recommended her highly to plan a second floor and basement renovation for our first home. We enjoyed working with her so much that we hired her again when we  found our forever house -  a diamond in the rough that needed a kitchen and family room addition, a new master suite, all new baths, complete HVAC systems and many other updates.  Lisa paid close attention to what we envisioned for the house, and knew intuitively what our aesthetics and our priorities were.  Starting with a vague idea as to what we wanted, she delivered a fabulous plan.  After the planning phase, Lisa continued to be an active participant in the project. She accompanied us all over town to help choose lighting fixtures, appliances, plumbing and even door and drawer knobs.  In each case, her advice regarding quality, price and aesthetics was invaluable, and her warm and mutually respectful relationship with the vendors helped us get the best sales and service. She also works closely with contractors from start to finish, and there again, the mutual respect between architect and contractor is obvious.  Both of the contractors we worked with made the same comment - Lisa is one of the few architects whose plans never need correcting because they are so carefully rendered from the start.  We cannot imagine doing any major work without engaging Lisa's help. She is a consumate professional and a joy to work with on every level."

Laura and Tyler Jacks


 "We have worked with Lisa and her team on two very different homes, the first was a house built in 1873 requiring very creative thinking responding to all of the changes through the years and our more current needs. The second was a new house on the footprint of an older home.  Lisa brought wonderful insights and creativity to both projects, even as they progressed. The team approach, with everyone in the office participating, was very helpful; anyone could answer a question or at least have a general sense of the issues involved.  Shopping was made easier because of her participation and assistance.  I have recommended Abeles and Associates to many friends because of their skill, professionalism, holistic approach and because they are good people."

Cynthia Good and Alan Pratt, Andover, MA

"We just completed our second major renovation project with Lisa and could not be more pleased.  As our children are getting older, she appreciated that we did not need more space but needed to make better use of the existing space. She developed a very creative and efficient plan that made so much sense and is one that we are thoroughly enjoying.  Without changing the footprint, we feel like we have a new home! Yet, it looks and feels as if it were the original design of the house. One of Lisa’s major strengths is her ability to listen and understand the needs and desires of her clients.  She sees the project through start to finish, and her exquisite attention to detail really pulls the project together.  She was able to help us prioritize aspects of the project to work within our budget. We also benefited tremendously from her experience throughout the selection process of choosing a contractor, as well as purchasing appliances, finishes and fixtures.  She provided excellent guidance based on quality, price and the aesthetics, and with her guidance we are certain we saved a tremendous amount of time and stress.  She is also a team player and very open-minded to ideas and suggestions of others. Lisa’s staff at Abeles and Associates were a pleasure to work with as well. Whenever we called, they were always right on top of our project and handled our questions in a professional and efficient manner. We cannot imagine a renovation going more smoothly and stress-free! We give Lisa and Abeles and Associates our highest recommendation. "

Linda and Jeremy J., Newton, MA