Howard listened to us and created blueprints reflecting our ideas and conforming to the hundreds of Marin County Codes and requirements for building an 800 sq ft 2 story structure to replace our two horse stalls. We felt that putting our money into improving our property was a good investment, and it remains so. The new structure makes our property more valuable and useful to us. We will be able to compete with newer, larger homes in the immediate neighborhood, when we decide to sell.
We wanted the additional building to match our existing simple ranch style home in rural Novato which included; garage door, windows, roofing, siding and the overall design. Yes, it matches the house.
Our daughters were grown and the stable was no longer of use. Being near our swimming pool, we thought a changing room and full bathroom made sense, as well as room for a third car and upstairs hobby and storage area.
Living in the County, we are on a Septic System which required numerous inspections and code requirements to add a bathroom to our existing system. Howard was expert in handling the County Health Dept. regarding all the paper work and inspections we provided.
Our next door neighbor objected to our plans and fought against it throughout the Design Review, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Throughout this struggle, Howard was more than an Architect, he became our spokesperson and advocate and maintained a calm and professional demeanor when my husband and I could not.
Without a doubt, Howard Lasseter's quiet, professional demeanor and knowledge got us through some very tough hearings with the County. Several times during the planning process I wanted to quit because of the viciousness of the attacks from the one neighbor but Howard convinced us that we could win the planning process since we had done everything required and he was right. The Marin County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously in agreement with the Marin Planning Commission that we could build our project.
Tilden and Penny Hansen