From a long time friend:
To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing this letter a as a testimonial to the character and professional accomplishments of my friend Michael Gustavson. I have known Michael for 28 years. We grew up together, attended and graduated from the same college, (Gustavus Adolphus College / St. Peter, MN grad. 1996), and have been in contact ever since. After graduating from Gustavus, Michael pursued his Masters of Architecture Degree from the University of Minnesota. While attending graduate school, he worked at SALA architecture firm in Stillwater, MN and Roark Kramer Kosowski in Minneapolis, MN. Michael also traveled extensively during his schooling throughout the world (India, China, Europe) so that he could get as many design perspectives as possible. After obtaining his masters degree, he moved and worked for several years as an architect in Hawaii. Since returning to the from Hawaii in 2009, he worked for Habitat for Humanity. He took a year-long assignment in Louisiana, assisting with the rebuilding efforts of the gulf coast, and then took an assignment in San Jose, CA.
Recently (May 2012), Michael prepared drawings for my existing residence. My wife and I are planning on commencing a home addition adding a first-floor family room, integrated with the kitchen space, adding a mudroom and new bathroom. Upstairs we intend to add a master suite with an owners bathroom and office with the help of his design services. Michael has done a great job of helping us figure out our needs and wants and what truly is important to us. My wife and I could not be happier with the process and his suggestions.
I have viewed his resume and portfolio online recently and I can vouch for all of it. Not only is Michael a very good architect, but he is also a skilled artist. Michael is an extremely honest, hard working and genuinely a good person. He cares about his clients and I am sure you will be more than satisfied with his sincerity and quality of his work. I recently referred one of my best friends to Michael for an addition to their house. I would highly recommend Michael for your home designing needs. If you would like to contact me directly, I would be happy talk with you.
VP, Regional Sales Manager
Thrivent Financial Bank
From a client whose home I designed and whose project I managed in Maui:
Thank you for such an exciting and stress-free adventure building our home. We were really amazed at how smooth the whole process was from beginning to end. From creating the floor plan with the Architects, to selection of finishes, we felt everyone had the same goal in mind: Our 100% satisfaction. It was not just the professional experience that was outstanding, but also the personal relationships that we established.
We are extremely happy in our new home and enjoyed watching it start from a mound of dirt, to a beautiful home that we are proud to show off to all of our friends and family.
Thank you for making our dream home a reality. It is truly priceless!
-Brandon & Dena Sato, Kula, Maui, Hawaii