Simply put, Doug is the best! He listens and then puts his creative thinking, architectural expertise, finely tuned aesthetic, and attention to detail to work on your project.
Doug designed a major renovation and expansion of our 1,900 square foot, 1930's colonial. Doug was patient with us and offered valuable input as we took our time refining our ideas about what would best suit our family as we grow and age. Then he developed a thoughtful, functional, beautiful design that allowed us to retain the cozy feeling of our original home while incorporating a seamless flow to more open and spacious rooms. While we increased our square footage by 50%, it feels like we doubled the size of our home because now we're using all of our space optimally. Additionally, the exterior of our home, which was entirely bland, is now beautiful! Our seasoned contractor and many of his subs commented that Doug's plans were the most detailed they had ever worked with, which made their jobs easier.
I cannot say enough good things about Doug's commitment, professionalism, expertise, and vision!
Doug Schotland doesn't just make things. He makes them better. I had an idea for a small shed and Doug patiently and professionally created some awesome drawings. He's creative, collaborative and thoughtful. His keen eye suggested improvements to some of my ham-handed ideas on window size, skylight size, siding proportions and door styles. He even took the time to provide additional 3-D illustrations to explain items I didn't understand from the drawings with my untrained eye. I look forward to building what Doug created and would definitely work with him again.
Ted HammermanChevy Chase, MD
When we moved to our new home, we needed to build an ADA Compliant in-law suite and we wanted to add a porch. Doug was extremely professional, thorough, kind, creative and he obviously knew what he was doing. He completed the complex plans quickly and he communicated his ideas and asked for input as needed. When I shared the plans with our builders, they were so impressed with the level of detail that they told me that they intend to use him as one of their primary architects going forward. The project is now complete and thanks to Doug, we have a phenomenal addition to our home!
MKCherry Hill, NJ
Our project entailed taking down a wall in the center of our house between our living and family rooms to create one large family room. Sounds simple, but that wall was structural and had HVAC throughout it, so it was not so simple. We consulted Doug with regard to the structural beam that would be required to support the second floor.
Doug was very straight-forward and detail-oriented. He made sure to lay out all our options along with his recommendations and reasoning, which lent itself to building our confidence in the decisions we ultimately made. We would recommend Doug to anyone looking to do a project and we will certainly use him again.
Ross DoddPennington, NJ
We hired Doug to assist us with a kitchen and family room renovation/addition. His vision in interpreting our ideas into the final plan for the renovation/addition has been outstanding. Doug is detail-oriented and thorough in his approach. He provided us with different options to consider and gave us helpful and unbiased guidance. We recommend him highly to anyone considering a home renovation/addition.
Lou and Amy OndreykaPennington, NJ
We are two thirds of the way through a large renovation/addition to our almost 100 yr old house, and we are so happy that we chose Doug Schotland as our architect. He put great care and consideration into our job and he is very easy to work with. He also collaborates extremely well with our contractor and our interior designer - when those relationships don't work it makes a job twice as hard!! Even though we are through the planning and design phase, he still stops by our job frequently to check on things. He's also very knowledgeable regarding zoning and building codes. Whether your house is young or old, he's a great choice for an architect.
Elizabeth ComptonPennington, NJ
I am presently working on a project with Doug, I find his design and plans to be complete,
his attention to detail and working through questions for my subs has been great.
I look forward to working with Doug on future projects and also suggesting him to my future clients for their project
Doyle BuildersHopewell, NJ
Doug Schotland is exactly who you want on your side! He's creative, detail-oriented, and truly cares enough to produce top quality work. He works very hard to ensure that his clients are satisfied, and that could not be more apparent. We are currently working with him on a major redesign/ renovation of our kitchen and dining room. We could not be more pleased with the results. He was able take a small kitchen and dining room and open them up to become a more useable space for our modern family, while maintaining the details, warmth and charm that we love so much about or 1930s home. We highly recommend Doug Schotland, and would definitely use him as both an architect and general contractor again for future projects.
I am very pleased to recommend Doug Schotland and his firm, Schotland Architecture & Construction, to anyone in the Princeton area who is thinking about embarking on a major renovation or addition. I have known Doug and admired his work for many years, so there was no question whom to call when I found an older home that I was seriously considering buying, renovating and expanding. Doug, an architect and builder, offered to inspect the house with me to evaluate both its physical condition and its design potential. He pointed out a few minor flaws and potential issues but assured me that the house was basically sound and a good renovation candidate. I had never undertaken a project of this size; Doug’s knowledge, confidence and professionalism gave me the confidence to buy the house, knowing that I could achieve my design goals with it.
I subsequently hired Doug to redesign the house and manage the construction, and I could not be happier with the result. Doug transformed a drab, early 1950s split-level into a beautiful, modern Greek Revival home. The house now has an efficient, open floor plan, superb detailing, abundant natural light, and it relates very nicely to the property. Doug also incorporated many energy-saving features, which keep the house comfortable—and the utility bills low—throughout the year.
Doug was a pleasure to work with on this project. He’s an experienced, highly-skilled architect and builder who consistently delivered on his promises. As a person, he is intelligent, honest and personable. In short, I would recommend Doug and Schotland Architecture & Construction to others without hesitation.
Doug has done a number of projects over the last 20 years on my c.1780 stone farmhouse including kitchen and master bath renovations; creation of a new half bath and laundry room; front façade and front door pediment restorations; and structural improvements in the basement. A historic house renovation is never really done…
What sets Doug apart from other architects is his in depth understanding of interior and exterior details of historic structures, traditional and modern construction methods, and costs from his years of actual construction experience. It’s amazing how few architects have actually built a project. Almost every project must have its trade offs due to budget, but Doug has the experience to help you stretch your dollars without meaningfully compromising quality.
Most important to me was that Doug knows how to create spaces for modern living that seamlessly and tastefully blend old and new. I didn’t - and still don’t -want to live in a museum, and I really appreciate the well thought out, timeless details he designs.
All of the above combined with his straightforward demeanor, integrity and desire for happy clients make Doug the perfect partner for your design/build project. I’m sure I’ll work with him again. Highly recommended.
Doug has provided architectural drawings for a daycare facility addition.
The drawings were superb. The modern design and the associated proportions were right on. The finished space generated a feeling of security and tranquility conducive to childhood development. I would highly recommend Doug not only for his architectural eye but for his personality, as he is very easy to work with and accommodating.
We were so very pleased with Schotland Architecture and Construction. Doug Schotland developed a lovely and functional design for our addition. As our contractor he was invested in bringing the plan to life. He was diligent in hiring skilled craftsmen who were within our budget. Doug was a pleasure to work with; he is knowledgeable, conscientious and always kept us informed of the construction schedule. He was frequently on site, and very available to answer our questions or those of the subcontractors. We are delighted with our addition and highly recommend Schotland Architecture and Construction.
njmlmPrinceton Junction, NJ
We highly recommend Schotland Architecture. Doug is extremely professional and knowledgeable. He truly created the kitchen of our dreams. Doug listened carefully to the items on our "wish list" and created a design that is both functional and beautiful. He transformed our home! He was supportive during the remodel process as well. We are looking forward to working with Schotland Architecture again in the future for additional remodeling projects.
lisadan1992Cherry Hill, NJ
After contacting Doug Schotland, he quickly developed several plans for us to consider for our kitchen/family room renovation. They were meticulously done, thinking through many issues that would, or could, arise. After considering several contractors, we tapped Doug to bring the project to reality. It was an advantage to have him directing his competent subcontractors because he had created the plans. We found Doug to have thorough knowledge of all aspects of the project and able to suggest multiple solutions to those surprises that always arise. He was considerate, sensitive to our budget, and paid great attention to detail to get the project completed successfully.
I can't say enough good things about Doug Schotland. My husband and I hired Doug in 2014 to redesign and build our master bathroom. We enjoyed working with him so much that we expanded the scope of our project to include our kitchen and two additional bathrooms. As an architect, he was polite, responsive, and a great listener. He impressed us on more than one occasion by incorporating eye-catching details without breaking our budget. As a contractor, Doug managed the project seamlessly, completing it on time and on budget. We would welcome the opportunity to work with him again, and we recommend him to our friends.
Profession, detailed and thorough! Excellent work....very happy with our fully renovated bathroom! Doug gave us a detailed estimate, followed by advice on how to keep the project within our budget, and then actually went with us to the tile stores to help us choose tiles that would give us the look we were striving for. He acted as the general contractor and the work was completed in a timely fashion, with tidy workmanship. We we very satisfied with the final product! We highly recommend Doug Schotland for both his architecture and general contracting!
A Step In Stone has worked with Douglas R. Schotland Architect for over the past four years. We have collaborated on several renovation projects together. We have found his attention to detail and customer focus to be excellent. He also has an eye for design and has pulled together some unique elements in the space that just make it look exceptional!
A Step in StoneHopewell, NJ
I secretly think that my friends are envious of our "new" home. It's perfect for entertaining, and everyone asks me who designed it. We are so happy we chose Doug as our architect.