What Is Said
I found Deep River through a friend [a partner at the largest commercial architecture firm in Wisconsin] who told me if I am looking for the best in the business of residential design in Milwaukee, you need to call Deep River. She was absolutely correct.
We engaged Deep River Partners to design a “down to the studs” renovation for a condo we purchased in downtown Milwaukee. I have been very impressed with everyone I’ve worked with at Deep River. We reside primarily in Florida and proceeded with the project, including all design and furniture selection, remotely.
I’ve found it very easy to work remotely with Natalie and the rest of the team at Deep River. We’ve communicated by email and through regularly scheduled video conferences, thus making it very easy to plan my schedule. Natalie has great ideas, great talent, and is a pleasure to work with. She is responsive, friendly, very easy to work with, proactive, and extremely helpful. On multiple occasions, samples of the materials were sent so I could see and feel them in person such as bathroom tiles, countertops, carpeting, even fabric samples for bedding and sheets.
I am very, very happy with the entire experience. Everyone at Deep River has been extremely positive and I highly recommend the Deep River team without hesitation. The team reimagined our space in a way that far surpasses what I envisioned, and the end result is turning out to be far better than I ever imagined. Thanks to everyone at Deep River for all of your talent, effort, and input!
Overall, outstanding is not a sufficient word to describe the quality of the work you and the team did.
Chris Barnard, Milwaukee, WI
Congratulations Richard! Great to see the continuing recognition. Working with your team was a highlight of my time in homebuilding. The challenges, results and rewards were special. I’ll always remember that first trip we made to Pine Lake which kicked things off. Thanks for making custom building such a rewarding, professional endeavor.
Natalie did a terrific job for us, helping us research and choose the best options for our new space! Please give her our thanks!
Wow! DeeDee and I want to send a huge congratulations to you and Deep River Partners on 20 fantastic years! We’ve enjoyed the beautiful home you created for us in Lake Geneva and look forward to the upcoming remodel and addition . . .we wouldn’t trust anybody else to create and direct the project.
I am THOROUGHLY enjoying the home you designed for our family! I am working by the fire, looking out my beautiful, huge window at the snow-covered lake, dogs asleep by my side. Heaven. Our home is joy! Your combined vision and expertise are recognized all the time, not only by us, but by our friends, family, and guests who come over. I can remember back to brainstorming wondering where the process would take us and it led to a comfortable, elegant home—just like you intended.
Again, THANK YOU….your talent is envious!!
The pergola is fabulous, and we are delighted with the finished product. It is a complete reimagination of the pool deck – and the feature that was missing for decades! As an architectural structure, it is beautiful in all seasons.
I wanted to tell you how fantastic the design and execution are. I am truly stunned at how perfect the proportions are and how it fits with the house. This is particularly noticeable when coming in the driveway from the west. I am also fascinated by how the design seems to be both historically respectful and modern at the same time; I think the size of the trellis squares contributes to this. We look forward to popping some champagne with you (from our also great new wine room)!
How does one choose an architect design firm? To be honest, in the residential realm it is always a leap of faith based on anecdotal evidence, pictures you see online of previous work, and the initial impression received from the company you are about to work with. If you chose Deep River Partners, you made the right decision for your project. Once you see the final product, you will be elated.
VALUE. Deep River is not your standard dime a dozen “Design Build Remodel” company. They are in a class elevated far above this standard with far greater versatility and talent. The beauty of Deep River is that they can put the ceiling of your project anywhere based upon your budget and preferences, but they will make your space as heavenly as possible with a million tricks up their sleeve. Deep River takes their robust, incredible architectural and interior design ideas to nothing less than an artistic expression. What they did to my master suite is nothing less than sublime. I cannot believe that I get to wake up in a piece of art every day.
VISION. Their team walked through my house, which was in dire need of some updates and immediately started coming up with a cohesive plan that fit the architectural style of the house and a plan that utilizes every square foot of the house. Their concept of flow, space, and lines of sight still amazes me.
TEAM. The years of experience shows. Deep River works as a cohesive unit with the combination of architecture and design working together creates an incredible product.
SERVICE. They know the process can be frustrating and they handled all of our concerns along the way with the utmost professionalism. Every suggestion, every upgrade, every dollar was worth it in the end. All of the upgrades they suggested that we didn’t get because we couldn’t envision the value, we regret! Listen to these people, they know what they are doing!
In short, what a positive experience! We lucked out, and you can too!
I felt a real sense of competence from the moment I met with Deep River and I was confident that they’d complete a custom home design of great magnitude for me. What I didn’t immediately realize was how superior the Deep River experience would be.
They put in the work to create a thoughtful and client-centric pathway, making it enjoyable for me to be involved while working and living out of town. Deep River paid close attention to all the details, and by using systems of accountability and financial control they saved me time and reduced my risk.
When I walked into my new house – the kitchen, especially – I immediately felt at home. I’m already making treasured memories with my family and friends, and am so grateful for such a beautiful and intuitive design.
Doris Christopher, Founder – Pampered Chef
You created a beautiful design for our family room, office, and walk-in closet as an addition to our modest ranch in Brown Deer. We are still loving the addition, including our “Sherer shelf,” vaulted ceiling, fireplace, stacked windows, and custom bookcase wall with integrated window seat. We continue to receive high compliments for the design and execution of the build and I personally spend most of my walking hours in the addition. I am so pleased to view your success and take pride in the fact that we too have a Sherer designed project.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of touring the Breast Cancer Showhouse that your firm designed. I live in Whitefish Bay and watched it being built and have always admired the house, it’s lines, placement on the lot and landscaping when I pass by. Having now seen the inside I just wanted to tell you that never have I seen more masterful work! It is absolutely stunning! I stopped on the stairway to look back down; I looked out the greenhouse window; everywhere the use of wood, windows, and lighting just made me feel like I was in the house of my dreams! Trust me, I’ve been in some fabulous homes in my life but none could compare to this! You should be so proud of your talent!
Timeless design aesthetics with a penchant for maximizing the utility of the home. My wife and I were considering the remodel or buy decision and asked Brian Witteman and the Deep River team to take a look at our existing home to see if we could add on to meet our evolving lifestyle (added a child to the family and I started working from home). The results were exactly what we were looking for:
-Internal and external design that enhanced our 20’s era Tudor
-New space that flowed in a way that addressed our needs and wants: right sized, highly functional space.
-An architectural “experience” that was collaborative and fun
If you are looking for smart design that fits your lifestyle give them a call.
We were looking for a historic fixer-upper. The gothic revival overlooking the McKinley Marina captured our hearts. Close collaboration with Deep River made our dream possible.
Richard and Nick were able to convert our thoughts and ideas into precise plans, without compromising the historic integrity. Successful implementation would never be possible without Deep River. They became much more than hired architects on the project, but mentors and true collaborators. They made themselves accessible on a moment’s notice to answer any questions I had as a general contractor or home-owner client.
It was a pleasure working with the team at Deep River. They were not only friendly and genuine, but also made the process fun while being efficient with our time. We felt that their team approach that combines architecture and interiors was a huge benefit.
A detailed assessment of our needs and preferences became the basis from which they were able to design what we were looking for. Their attention to detail and the way they combined materials exceeded our expectations.
Making all of the decisions ahead of construction and creating a thorough set of documents meant our bids were accurate and protected us against price creep.
Deep River Partners created a warm, comfortable and welcoming home that embodies not only what we asked for, but also an inherent sense of understated elegance that fits us just perfectly. We love it here, and after our first week we felt like we were staying in a beautiful hotel. We couldn’t believe we didn’t have to check out and go home.
Scott and Peggy Sampson
We were very happy with the architecture and interior services provided by Deep River Partners. Through the integration of these services, Richard Sherer and his creative team produced an overall feel that reflects our personality. All of the details were accounted for including paint colors, door hardware, plumbing fixtures and tile, just to mention a few. The thoughtful selection and detailing of these items produced a one-of-a-kind home that really supports who we are. We love the flow of the home and the way it fits on our site is awesome.
In addition, the competitive bidding process used by Deep River allowed us to achieve excellent value without sacrificing quality. We are very appreciative of the cost savings we attained by using Deep River. Our risk was minimized during the construction process by having all of the selections completed up front, eliminating allowances and unknown costs.
After living in and enjoying our new home for several years now, it is easy to recommend the team at Deep River. We value and are now receiving the full benefit of the professional services provided by Deep River Partners.
Jim O’Rourke, CEO, A & A Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Nick and I thought working with Deep River was successful for many reasons. Your initial survey of what we wanted was very thorough, and you were always willing to go back to the drawing board to make changes as we fine tuned our ideas.
Your attention to detail was high throughout the project, and we always felt as though problems would be addressed quickly and creatively. I don’t think the costs were low or a bargain, but we received an excellent end product that surpassed our vision. I’d tell a potential client that you are worth the gamble and they won’t be disappointed. I’d recommend you all and do!
Nick & Joanne Desien
Richard Sherer and the team at Deep river Partners designed a fabulous home for us, met every one of our needs and dramatically improved every one of the ideas we put forward in the discussions about our future home. If we built another home, we would not consider any other firm.
Ken & Dorothy Lamm
We were introduced to Deep River Partners back in 2004 after mentioning to an electronics contractor working in our home that we wanted to make some changes to our family room. We were hesitant to use “professionals”- in our experience we got their vision, not ours.
Not so with Deep River Partners. From our very first meeting, they worked with us to develop living space that met all our needs. It was exactly what we wanted and it was beautiful!
So a couple of years later, when we decided to “expand and update” our master bathroom, we didn’t hesitate to call Deep River. They were just as enthused about expanding a bathroom as they were building a new home. Once again, they worked with us to design a bathroom that surpassed our expectations. Not only were we thrilled with the beautiful new space, but it won the gold award for best bath design in the annual design awards issue of “Milwaukee Home & Fine Living” magazine.
In both projects, all decisions, from the general contractor and subcontractors, to the materials, colors, textures, fixtures, lighting, furniture, appliances- everything is chosen in advance, then documented in a project binder. Years later, when someone asks me what texture was applied to the walls, I just turn to the appropriate section of the binder, and the answer is right there! In addition, Deep River intercepted, answered or resolved any questions or problems that arose during construction, relieving us of that additional stress.
Recently, we decided that our living room and dining room needed a fresh, new look. Once again, we called upon Deep River Partners, and once again, they rose to the challenge. They recommended small changes (new carpeting and a different color of paint on the walls) that resulted in a dramatic new look. We couldn’t be happier!
We have worked with Deep River Partners four times now, and each time they helped to enhance the vision that was ours- we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking for a first class architectural/design firm.
Sam & Nancy Bradt
We recently completed a kitchen remodel plus addition using Deep River Partners on our lake home and couldn’t be more satisfied with the design, the construction, an the end result.
We had used Richard Sherer previously on the same home 22 years ago and found the design still pretty current This time the kitchen needed updating and we wanted to add additional dining space so we went back to him.
Deep River certainly met our design goals. The addition is wonderful, bringing in all the outside elements and remains consistent with the basic framework of the rest of the living spaces. The team guided us through the many and various aspects of design, taking into consideration all of our ideas and desires.
Deep River assisted us in selecting the general contractor, understanding our time constraints and quality construction demands. We couldn’t have chosen better. The contractor’s subs were all great to work with and everything they did was quality. Deep River kept us all in the loop every step of the way, frequently through Skype, despite the fact that we were out of town for most of the construction time.
Deep River was integrally involved in the bidding process and our end result is more than I could have hoped for. Everything selected- cabinets, appliances, flooring, roofing, windows and doors- are all first quality and in excellent working condition.
We have seen other very lovely homes done by Deep River and based on our own experience and that of others I would highly recommend the team to anyone.
Ruth & Dave Springob