I am writing this letter of recommendation on behalf of Cinda Lester and 12/12 Architects & Planners, with whom I worked with on the remodeling of our home.

I hired Cinda as the architect to design and remodel of our home after meeting with many other firms.

Cinda demonstrated extreme professionalism and responsiveness to our needs and questions. The renovations were very complex. Cinda proved the ability to suggest great design ideas, integrate our ideas to the city requirements and develop a great set of plans. I would welcome the opportunity to work with Cinda again and I do not have any hesitation in recommending her and the firm services.

David Thiel

We completely renovated a foreclosure home. Cinda was a pleasure to work with and was always upfront and fair. She was able to give plans for our entire home quickly and with different option which was a huge help. We love our end result and can tell she truly cared about our home. The small company was a great fit for our project. I would highly recommend this company!

Dana MacKenzie

Working with 12/12 Architects and Planners was great. The attention to detail and being able to keep our goals in mind as well as making new suggestions. Cinda was very good at explaining the reasons for technical things and would explain how things fit into the Big picture. We also felt that she could accept our point of view when had discussions.

George Brown
Cinda designed a new master bath addition and remodel of an existing bath. We had a small space to work with and Cinda was more than willing to work with us on numerous design options to maximize the functionality and space of the bathroom without giving up too much bedroom space. She was very honest with us about what we could and couldn’t do with the space to help us eliminate some pie-in-the-sky ideas and focus on practical design to work with our budget. She also was great in diplomatically & straightforwardly mediating a disagreement between me and my husband when it came to entry door style (my pocket door won) by focusing on function and maximization of the openness and “feel” of the small space. We love our new bathrooms!

Julie Thompson

I really enjoyed working with Cinda; she is very professional and has wonderful ideas which helped me design a functional kitchen for my active family. Her promptness and willingness to work with my busy schedule was a plus. Highly recommend Cinda and 12/12 Architects.

Sally Schaefer

We hired 12/12 Architects after seeking guidance from discussion groups on Facebook. The feedback about their expertise made them a logical candidate right from the start. We were the stereotypical HG TV enthusiasts with very little understanding of how to make our renovation a reality. In our meetings with Cinda, she helped draw ideas out of our heads with her insightful questions. She has a keen sense for style. We were able to determine what was trendy and what was more classic and likely to stand the test of time. Once she understood our intentions, she provided practical advice that helped us understand the cost and functional implications for each decision we were making. (I.E. – With young kids, you want to be able to see them while you cook, if you install that double oven, you lose x feet in counter space, if you put the new bathroom here, you can fit the double sink, etc.) Cinda also lives in the community that she serves. She knows the history of the housing developments, which means she can plan more effectively. She also has strong relationships with the city. Getting approvals from the city was never a problem for us! Cinda also recommended a great contractor for us, who ended up being a tremendous asset. I can safely say that our project never would have been completed if it weren’t for the help and guidance of 12/12 Architecture. Our renovation exceeded my expectations. It was complicated (they all are), but it was completed on-time, and in budget. How many people can say that?

Mark Walus

12/12 goes above and beyond what is required of architects. As people that had never done anything like this before, we were very nervous about the process of doing a home addition. Cinda was very flexible and supportive. She was cognizant of our desires and wonderful to work with and we are in love with the end result. I would highly recommend her for your job.

We highly recommend 12/12 Architects & Planners. Cinda was very knowledgeable and insightful during the design phase of our project. We are very pleased with the end result as it has transformed the way we live in our home.

Laura G.

We hired Cinda through the recommendation of a friend who happens to be a builder. We found her fee to be very competitive. More importantly, we found her work to be of high quality. Even our builder was pleased with the drawings. We have received countless compliments on the finished product – we love our new front porch!

Dan Duquette

Cinda turned our kitchen/sunroom addition into the best rooms in our home.
She worked seamlessly with the village and our contractor. We highly recommend her.

Mike and Jan Caliendo

Absolutely Amazing. Great Experience. Worked with Cinda on 1 commercial project and now she is doing 2 more for us. Knowledgeable, efficient, and economical. You will regret not using her. Thanks Cinda.

Local Community Signs

We contracted Cinda to design our new home and we were very pleased with her work. She is very detail oriented and gave us a lot of insight on things to consider as we were thinking of design ideas. She took me thru some of her existing homes to show me what things looked like in person, rather than just conceptually – this was extremely helpful! We felt Cinda did a great job listening to our thoughts and ideas as well as pictures we sent her. She was very patient with us and our sometimes changing ideas. When she was done, she provided us with a number of different designs to choose from – not just one! I was most impressed with Cinda’s understanding of the green technologies we wanted to incorporate into our home – she was able to provide us guidance on which things provided the best bang for our buck and return on investment.
I would definitely work with Cinda again and would recommend her to others.

Kevin D.

We discussed our project with a number of architects, but Cinda presented the most original ideas that also best met our needs. She has been great to work with as a number of issues/questions have come up with our circa 1890’s Victorian home. As we are currently in the approval phase, I am looking forward to the finished product.

Kim S.

12/12 Once again came thru for us as we needed plans for a universal design bathroom for handicapped access and multi-generational living situation. In a short time, Cinda met with us to go over our needs, had plans drawn up and submitted for permit. A seamless process from start to finish. I wish more outfits operated like 12/12–highly recommended!

Tracy VanHoutan

We used 12/12 to bump out a very small master bedroom in our new home and add a master bath. Our experience was 100% positive. They were responsive and brought great ideas and suggestions to the table. Our master bedroom and bath are beautiful.

Stacy O'Keefe

12/12 has worked on a full, new construction home for us, as well as an entire finished basement. They listened to our exact desires and did their best to make it all happen. I recommend them wholeheartedly!

E. R. Brezina

Cinda did a great job on our room addition and main floor remodel. She listened to our ideas and came back with design options ranging from simple to the kind that blow your socks off! The end result of our project was so much better than we ever imagined. We found Cinda to be highly professional, helping to usher our plans through our village’s approval process, then working with the construction crew as the job progressed, and she always responded in a timely manner whenever we had any questions. We have nothing but the highest praise for Cinda and the group at 12/12 Architects.

D. Beranek

Have greatly enjoyed the expertise of Cinda and her great design ideas. Affordable while going above any beyond to make a real dream home!

Daniela Brzozowski

12/12 listened to our wishes time and time again, redrawing when appropriate to ensure each specification was met to our liking. We felt as though we were heard, and as a result got exactly the house we wanted!

P. Tomchek

12/12 Architects did a great job on our kitchen upgrade with sun room addition. Cinda Lester understood what we wanted and created an extraordinary plan that transformed the core of our home into a beautiful, open, sun filled environment our whole family enjoys. As if by magic, this now large open space has everything conveniently within reach and solidly constructed. Cinda was readily available and responsive to our questions and our contractor’s.

Larry Kollasch

Cinda from 12/12 Architects designed a house addition we built four years ago. It looks and functions great. We just finished a front porch designed by Cinda, too. We like it, and so do people passing our house when walking along the street. Both designs look like they are part of the house and not odd and out of style add-ons.

Jacek Goral

Cinda wowed me!
We bought an old house from the early 50s to remodel with an addition. Cinda took careful notes of everything we wanted in the new home. She had a tough job of fitting our ideas into our current framework. I was very impressed with how she remembered and included everything we wanted. She exceeded our expectations. We love the home she designed for us.
R & C Bell

Christine L. Bell
My husband and I hired Cinda for a second story addition and remodel of our first floor. Upon first meeting her we felt very comfortable with her and she truly listened to what our ideas were for the project. It was like she was able to put on paper what I had envisioned in my mind, but better! During the whole project she was very attentive and available when ever any issues arose. We are very happy we chose her and would highly recommend her.

M. J. Geary

12/12 Architects is highly recommended. Cinda Lester is wonderful to work with. She takes the time to work with you and understand what your needs and wants are. She has great ideas and is extremely patient and accommodating. You can count on 12/12 to get back to you in a timely fashion and meet your deadlines. I loved working with her.

Sandra Mitchell

As a local custom home builder and remodeling company. We were very pleased to work together with 12/12 Architects on a project this past year. They are extremely professional and knowledgeable in their trade. Their attention to detail and design was exceptional!
I look forward to working together with them again on future projects!

Michael Bellezza Builders Inc.

As both a designer and general contractor, we have had the pleasure of working with 12/12 Architects & Planners through all facets of planning, design and construction. We have worked together previously on many projects and would highly suggest 12/12 for your next improvement. We’ve collaborated closely with 12/12 on each of those projects and have found that their well rounded and extensive knowledge base and experience has allowed for seamless transition from the design and permitting phase to construction and has also allowed for quick and efficient solutions to the inevitable bumps that arise along the construction road. We highly and completely recommend 12/12 Architects.

Alpine Ridge Builders, LLC

Cinda provides quality service for and is easy to work with. Having worked with many architects Cinda is very approachable and willing to hear suggestions with an open mind.

Oko Builders

I have known Cinda professionally since 1998 when we worked together at the same Architectural firm. Since then we have furthered our careers, she having her own architectural practice and me, semi retiring from architecture and becoming a professional photographer. I have seen about every project she has worked on since 2012, having had the privilege of documenting most of them. I have met those clients and all have spoken very highly of her dedication, commitment and ability to listen to the clients needs, schedules and budget. She has designed some outstanding projects, from porch additions, remodeling’s, second floor additions and custom homes. I would highly recommend 12/12 Architects for any of your architectural needs.

Kmiecik Imagery

I have had the pleasure of working with Cinda on several projects. She is extremely knowledgeable in regards to residential construction and design. Cinda’s guiding force is to create residences that are in sync with the client’s vision and budget.

Cinda is always professional and a delight to work with. I have recommended her to several clients and will continue to do so in the future.

Here is to the next collaboration.

CRS Designs, Inc.

I have worked with Cinda and 12/12 Architects on a few job now in the past few years and each one of our jobs have gone as smoothly as any construction job can. We have worked along side 12/12 on two separate home additions, which always require some additional work due to unforeseeable issues, and each time Cinda would quickly get us the information we needed in order to keep the job on track. You can’t go wrong as a homeowner or a contractor, Cinda is outstanding!!!!

Jason Jordan - Owner - G.O. Management Group