“Mike has been a great partner on so many transactions, it's hard to keep count. I sell real estate in San Francisco and Mike has been invaluable to my clients for his calm, informed opinions on matters such as can an addition be done on an existing house, a garage added, or would an interior staircase fit and be to code, etc. I think that if you will see that he doesn't have a particular “style” that you must fit into. He's interested in getting what you want as a client and I have see this over the years that I have known him. For the level of experience you are getting, he is very fairly priced and accessible.”

“Our two-flat Victorian had been utterly disrespected by the former owners- its outside was covered with asbestos shingles. Mike restored the building’s elegance and integrated energy efficient windows into the Victorian design. Inside, Mike restored the building’s beauty and authenticity yet made it completely convenient for modern living. One of his strokes of genius was to strategically place three skylights to compliment the high ceilings and supply wonderful light.”

“After listening closely to our wishes, Mike usually gives us two or three variations and is extremely flexible if we want to incorporate aspects from all three. Not only have we been thrilled with Mike’s creativity but the execution of his designs is excellent as well. Mike works extremely will with our contractor who really appreciates his accurate, precise drawings. He’s on top of the permit process and works well with the planning department. There’s a lot of mutual respect in working with Mike.”

“Seeing the completed space and how the arched doorway looks from the front door into the larger space… how open and lovely it appears… I’m so glad you were able to work that out. It truly makes a big difference. Everyone exclaims how “homelike” this is, and I am so glad Rik held to his wish for that openness. I do think that this vision has created a lovely place for Rik and others to do some really good healing work… and your effort to assist in that happening doesn’t go unnoticed, or unfelt."

“The top flat of our typical dark Edwardian needed another bedroom and bath. Mike turned that flat into a glorious top floor that incorporated the attic and roof space and gave us a second living floor with an extra bedroom and bath, lots of storage and a beautiful skylight that let the light pour in”.

“Mike and Alexandra were very supportive of me personally as we went through a very difficult permit process. The planning commission had turned me down twice- it was Mike’s appeal to them that did the trick! He made me feel like a valued client and was an advocate for my project. Additionally, they are authentic craftspeople. They helped me bring my vision to life yet kept the integrity of the building.”

“We were a young family wanting to expand our St. Francis Wood home. Mike took a dark, closed-in, basically unusable space and turned it into a family room with a bar area, and a large bathroom. His design included lots of windows and French doors which gave us- and our guests- access to our patio and landscaped garden.”

“Mike had a lot of creative ideas about our home- and he was very fast! He measured the house within a day and had ideas back to us very quickly. We knew we didn’t want to add onto the house and that wasn’t a problem for Mike. He created an incredible kitchen that people drool over when they visit!”

Other brief comments about Mike Connell Architect: “thorough and knowledgeable”, “great experience”, “talented”, “elegant designer”, “thoughtful”, & “great listener.”