Reviews


Some of our satisfied clients.

Deirdre and Jon Adelman


We very much recommend Francis for any home renovation of the much loved hundred year old houses in the Montclair area.

Jon and I lived in our home in Montclair for 25 years and moved out on May 2 of this year (2018). During those 25 years, we completed two major renovations of our house. Francis was our architect in both cases. In the first we added a full bathroom and laundry room to our second floor, creating a master suite. This was achieved by utilizing a closet and part of a large guest bedroom for the master suite. This improved the living of our house tremendously.

In the second renovation, we increased the size of our kitchen extending it out in the back. We added a powder room to the first floor, and completed a total renovation of the original second floor bathroom. In both cases Francis provided us with many choices and had great patience as we decided on our plans. As a result we have known Francis for many years and to his credit he never rushed us. Our house was built in the 1920’s and we wanted to stay within the spirit of the house to the extent that we could.

With our kitchen renovation the extension was a two story high open space which made the kitchen filled with light. With all the renovations, the exterior of the back of our house went from terrible to very nice which was a bonus we had not expected.

 

Patrick and Carol DeCelie


We loved our 1920s Glen Ridge side-hall colonial home with its wood floors & chestnut moldings. However, like many old houses, it had a small kitchen, lacked a first floor bathroom, master bath & had a shortage of closet space. We wanted to address these shortcomings and ensure that the new space be consistent with the period of the home. That is why we chose to work with Francis Klein. He has great credentials and had been on the board of the town Historic Commission. Because of this, we were confident that he would tie the old and new space together so that it looked like it was always there.

The results exceeded our expectations and have made a huge difference in our quality of life. We were delighted when it was completed and still are, 10 years later. The kitchen layout is unique, has many windows, and is the warmest room in the house. The sun porch is a great space to read a book and we feel that our block is a little nicer for all our neighbors.

Based on our experience and satisfaction, we can sincerely recommend Francis Klein and Associates.

Robin and Robert Dushman


Francis Klein designed a combination kitchen and family room addition to our home. He succeeded in taking our goals and a large number of existing constraints and translating them into a functional and architecturally interesting space. This bright and airy room has become the focus of our family living.

Because Francis is intelligent, thoughtful, and meticulous, we found the design process interesting and exciting. Francis responded to our questions promptly and produced drawings and specifications on schedule. He urged us to finalize as much of the plan as possible during the design phase, knowing that he would not be present during construction. As a result, there were very few changes in the plans during construction, few questions from the contractors, and the construction went extraordinarily smoothly.

From the outside the 12’x20′ addition is attractive and blends comfortably with the style of our 1950’s garrison colonial. From the inside the cathedral ceiling, skylights and medium blue interior wall with windows that rises from 7′ to approximately 15′ is far more interesting. Fran integrated the interior of the new with the old through the style of windows, wood floors and trim. We have been very, very pleased with the results.

Sandy Moss


We were rescued by Francis and his associate Gisela who served as our Owners Reps. They stepped in after we had fired a dishonest contractor. The expert guidance provided by Francis C. Klein enabled us to complete a thorough redo of the botched restoration of our apartment. The end product is superb.

Antony DaCruz, Aquemar


It is not often that an architect of unquestionable professional competence is also adept at dealing with the human and cultural aspects of a location and a project. Francis Klein is one of few such men.

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