Washington’s Top Rated Local® Architect Award Winner: Concept Architecture

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Concept Architecture has landed among the top 10 architects in the entire state of Washington!

Due to their impressive Rating Score™ of 91.05 and tons of positive reviews, Concept Architecture is a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner. As our team sifted through their reviews, it became clear to us that the team at Concept Architecture serves their clients incredibly well. They’ve impressed their clients so much that finding anyone with an ill word to say became nearly impossible for us. That kind of excellent service and strong online reputation is exactly what earned them this award. Here are a couple of the reviews that really stood out to us:

“Martin was great. He was able to understand my needs in terms of timing and cost and he came up with a great floor plan for our remodel. He was also able to fit my small project into his busy schedule and got me the final plans in exactly the short time frame I needed them.”

“Martin Reimers is a very knowledgeable architect. He helped us built our dream house, exactly the way we wanted. He is [a] very responsive, punctual, and professional architect. [It was a] great experience, overall.”

Not Your Average Architect

We wanted to know how Concept Architecture managed to gain such a positive online reputation. Martin Reimers, owner of Concept Architecture, took some time to speak with us about what exactly it is that sets his company so far apart from the crowd. “We are focused on client needs and communication, most architects aren’t. We get great feedback on that.”, he said.

It’s not every day that you see a team with such fervent dedication to giving their clients the best as you do with Concept Architecture. In Martin’s words, he does what he does because “When I was working at a larger architecture firm, I started taking the smaller jobs that otherwise wouldn’t have been taken seriously. In my own business, I cater to both small and large businesses, but always remember that small business is what got me here.”

Building Success Through a Focus on Customer Service

With so many clients that have had such positive experiences, it’s safe to say that Concept Architecture knows what they’re doing when it comes to customer service. In fact, when we asked what his secret to a successful online reputation is, Martin simply said, “We don’t really focus on online reputation, we just focus on customer service. We don’t usually ask for reviews, most people do it on their own because they’re so happy with the service.”

Any business owner with an online reputation so solid is sure to have some wisdom to pass on. Martin’s advice to other businesses that want to better their reputation both online and offline? “Focus on service and relationships, don’t solely focus on online presence.”


Congratulations to the team at Concept Architecture for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Architect Award Winner: Soloway Designs

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Soloway Designs is one of the top five architects in the entire state of Arizona!

Thanks to their hard work and dedication to their clients, Soloway Designs has earned a ton of positive online reviews. So many, in fact, that they built up an impressive 94.00 Rating Score™ on Top Rated Local, making them a 2018 award winner! These are just a couple of those reviews:

“When moving back to Tucson, AZ, we had difficulty finding homes with a modern and contemporary design aesthetic. Although Soloway Designs does an incredible job on new build designs, they also specialize in redesigning older homes. We live in a home that was originally built in the late 1960s but was lacking in function, form and modern amenities. Soloway Designs did an amazing job keeping the original character of the home, but also redesigning it with modern elements that captured the surrounding desert landscape and downtown views. We love it!” -Charlene B.

“It has been a pleasure to work with Marc Soloway and Soloway Designs on the building of our dream home. After reviewing our budget, needs for our home, and unique lot, Marc designed a modern home with a cozy feel for our family. We love the design and details that make our house special. We would love to work with Marc again in the future.” -Marc R.

Not Your Average Architect

Owner, Marc Soloway, took a few minutes to chat with us about his company and how they achieved such a stellar online reputation. When asked what the Soloway Designs difference is, he said, “We do things differently. Our programming process is very detailed, we listen to every word the client says and, even before we start designing, we make sure all criteria, the budget, the plan, the components, match up. This prevents the kind of surprises that pop up with other architects. Also, our design styles are high quality and very unique.”

We were curious as to why Marc does what he does. “I always wanted to be an architect, since [I was] nine or 10 years old, so I’m doing exactly what I always wanted to do. I love solving problems for my clients and giving every client the best possible house, whether it’s a half-a-million dollar or a five-million-dollar house, it doesn’t matter.”, he said.

Building Success Through Excellent Work

Clearly, Soloway Designs is truly invested in giving their clients the absolute best. When asked what the secret to online success has been for Soloway designs, Marc said, “I really don’t know. I’ve kind of hated myself for letting my social media presence fall off but the quality of our work leads to word of mouth and that alone keeps us pretty busy. “

Marc’s advice to other business owners that are looking to build up a great online reputation? It’s simply about the clients. Make sure your clients are happy because, if they are not, it will absolutely kill you.


Congratulations to the team at Soloway Designs for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

Utah’s Top Rated Local® Architects Award Winner: Renovation Design Group

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that Renovation Design Group is a 2018 award winner for architects in Utah!

Are you looking to renovate your home? If so, look no further than Renovation Design Group, Salt Lake City’s go-to architecture firm.

Renovation Design Group has earned multiple online reviews with an average rating of 5.00 stars, an impressive Rating Score™ and a 2018 Top Rated Local award for being ranked among the top 10 architects in all of Utah!

They’ve received many five-star reviews from their clients; here’s just one:

“Professional at every step, they walk you through the process of remodeling. [They are] friendly, honest, responsive and dedicated to making the experience as enjoyable as possible.” – Karen B

Not Your Average Architecture Firm

Renovation Design Group is an architecture firm that specializes in residential remodeling. And after 15 years in the field, the team has the expertise and experience to help bring their clients’ dream homes into reality.

We asked the office manager of Renovation Design Group, Cheryl Meltzer, why they do what they do. Here’s what she had to say:

“Our goal is to create a home and environment that works best for our clients and how they intend to use their space. It’s important to us to make the space function and flow for each person.”

Building Success Through Exceptional Service and Word of Mouth

Cheryl credits the impressive online reputation Renovation Design Group has built over the years to the efforts of their media specialist to get their work visible across the web. They provide exceptional service for their clients, and they always make it a point to show off before and after images so that prospective clients can get to know their capabilities.

Most of the business that Renovation Design Group gets comes from word of mouth from their happy clients. In the past, they have passed out flyers, and they put signs up in the yards of properties they’ve worked with. They also showcase their work on Facebook, Instagram and Houzz.

We asked Cheryl what advice she has for other business owners who are looking to grow their business and build their online reputation. Here’s what she had to say:

“Make sure that you always present your best and most recent work. It lets people know that you care about staying current.”


Congratulations to the team at Renovation Design Group for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner, and thank you so much, Cheryl, for taking the time to speak with us!

If the time has come to renovate your home in Salt Lake City, we highly recommend working with the team at Renovation Design Group. Visit their website today!

Arizona’s Top Rated Local® Architects Award Winner: Kendle Design Collaborative

Top Rated Local® is pleased to announce that, thanks to their impressive 96.00 Rating Score™, Kendle Design Collaborative is a 2018 award winner.

There are many architecture firms in Arizona, but when you want a firm that offers sophisticated designs and next-level problem-solving skills, there’s no better option than Kendle Design Collaborative.

A small firm, Kendle Design Collaborative has managed to make a big impact on their clients, and that has helped them earn a number of positive reviews, as well as an award-winning 96.00 Rating Score. Here’s just one of the many five-star reviews they’ve received:

“Kendle design took on the redesigning of our outdated master bath. Their design completely changed the previous layout, adding modern features in a crisp and functional way. The result was stunning. Working with Brent was a pleasure, as he listened to our concerns and ideas with an open mind. This was the second major project that Brent did for us, and we are so happy with both. He is a true creative genius.” – Joan and Anton S

Every business would love to be able to say that they get five-star reviews, so we sat down with President, Brent Kendle, to learn their secrets to success. Here’s what he had to say:

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

We are diligent about posting quality content once a week on social media. We are still working on building our brand, and we post about the projects we take on using high-quality visuals so that potential clients can see our work first-hand. When we post our original designs, we see a lot of traffic.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

We are a small, boutique firm, and we don’t try to be more than we are. We won’t design just anything our clients want; we are experts in style with a passion for creating original designs influenced by regional modernism.

We try to ensure that no two projects look the same, and that our clients all have an original, unique place to call home.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

Architecture, for me, is more than just a career; it’s also a hobby. Some people play golf, but I’d rather design a house. My goal is to show people that they can have a modern design that stays true to the history and culture of the region.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

Most of our business comes through word-of-mouth referrals. We have self-published a magazine with the ARA (Arizona Residential Architecture), which allows us to highlight our work with the trade companies that sponsor it. We will be occasionally featured in LUX and Home and Garden as well. We participate in networking groups. We are also involved in philanthropic work and are dedicated to giving back to the community.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Don’t underestimate the power of social media. People need to be able to recognize your brand and remember who you are.


Thank you so much, Brent, for taking the time to share your wisdom with us. And congratulations to the whole team at Kendle Design Collaborative for being a 2018 Top Rated Local award winner!

If you’re in need of an architecture firm in Arizona, we highly recommend Kendle Design Collaborative. Visit their website today!

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Architect Award Winner: Steve Gates Architect

We are proud to announce that Steve Gates Architect is a 2018 Top Rated Local® award winner, due to the phenomenal 96.0 Rating Score™ and excellent reviews. Here are a couple of our favorites:

“Steve Gates and his team are exceptional. I’ve designed and built several homes, and working with Steve was the best experience I’ve had. Because he was both the architect and the builder, there were none of the “lost in translation” issues between designer and builder that are all too common. Steve is a better architect because he is a builder and a better builder because he is an architect. Steve plans the work and works the plan — no surprises regarding budget, schedule, or quality. And, unlike many architects, Steve and his team are not afraid of interior design — to the contrary, they focus heavily on the functionality of the space. I give Steve and his team my unconditional endorsement.” -Robert D.

“Working with Steve Gates and his team has been a wonderful experience. He has designed for us a beautiful modern home that captures panoramic views east over Pagosa Springs to the mountains. He planned our energy-conscious home to have a low-profile on a hilly terrain and incorporated local elements, like slate and wood, that blend well with the surrounding environment. Steve’s process of discussing ideas for placement, spaces, and materials, through concept sketches and detailed design to building, execution with E-Terra has been interactive, stress-free and smooth. Steve and his team take the time to explain their work clearly while listening and responding quickly to our questions and suggestions. We truly appreciate their professionalism, dedication and timely build schedule and do recommend them highly to anyone looking to design and build a beautiful, unique home.” -Annette and Michael U.

Office manager, Lisa Gates, took the time to speak with us regarding the company’s success and online reputation.

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

We make sure to ask our clients for reviews and control the process as much as possible. Providing awesome work and building great relationships is huge.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

Our passion and dedication to perfection, even in the smallest details, is what makes us truly different. We really want to give our clients the very best.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

Our mission is simple — to make Durango a more beautiful place to live and improve our community.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

We stay active in our community, doing things like fundraising and working with local schools. Also, our office stands out. Because we’re in a visual business, that can really draw people in.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

Keep personal and political views separate from your business and maintain the highest level of professionalism anywhere people can find you online.


Thank you for your time, Lisa! We appreciate you speaking with us. Congratulations to and your entire team on your 2018 top Rated Local award.

If you are in need of expert architectural services in Durango, Colorado, we highly recommend Steve Gates. You can learn more here.

Colorado’s Top Rated Local® Architect Award Winner: F9 Productions Inc.

Top Rated Local® is proud to announce that F9 Productions Inc. is our award-winning architecture firm in Colorado for 2018!

With a team of young, experienced, energetic and creative architectural design professionals, F9 Productions Inc. is the architectural firm to turn to in Denver and along Colorado’s Front Range.

From tiny houses to corporate headquarters, F9 Productions Inc. offers unparalleled designs and outstanding service, which has helped them earn many positive reviews and an award-winning 96.0 Rating Score™. Here’s just one of their amazing reviews:

“We used Lance and F9 for a recent addition to our home. We added a master suite (bedroom, bathroom, walk-in closet) to our 1942 Tudor. He came up with a great plan to keep the historic look of our home while adding exactly what we needed in the space we had available to us. The project is now complete, and we couldn’t be more thrilled!” – Peter

What’s F9 Production’s secret to such a solid online reputation? We took a few minutes to sit down with Lance Cayko, Co-Owner, to find out. Here’s what he had to say.

What is your secret to such a strong online reputation?

Unlike other companies in our industry, we always make it a point to deliver completed projects on time and under budget.

What makes you different? In other words, if you had one minute to sell somebody on why they should choose you, what would you say?

The first thing that sets us apart is our attitude. We are just good ol’ mid-western boys who are friendly and down to earth.

The second thing that makes us different is that we are also professors at CU, and have been for five years now. Not only do we practice what we do every day, but we are teaching the next generation of great architects as well.

Why do you do what you do? In other words, what is your mission and/or how do you attempt to make the world a better place?

Our goal is to make the process as simple and easy as possible for all parties involved, but especially for the client. That’s why we sync our architecture firm with licensed contractors and developers.

Outside of building a strong online reputation, what else do you do to market and grow your business?

When we satisfy our clients’ needs, they are then willing to refer us to friends, family, etc.

Additionally, we built a mockup design for the new Amazon headquarters as if they were moving to Colorado. The design got picked up by local newspapers and a few TV stations, and we also ran Facebook ads to showcase the design.

What advice do you have for other businesses trying to build a strong online reputation and grow their business?

It all starts with a great-looking website. From there, make sure that you are able to make your own updates and publish new blog posts weekly.

It’s also important that you are on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, and that you use your Google Business ID.


From all of us at Top Rated Local to the team at F9 Productions Inc., congratulations on being the Top Rated Local architecture firm in Colorado in 2018!

If you’re interested in learning more about F9 Productions, visit their website today!