About Stoneridge Design Inc., Reviews
President of Stoneridge Design Inc.: Regis A. Zapatka, RA, RLA, Horticulturist.
Registered Architect, (RA), 1st Professional Degree (=Masters) in Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Architectural History and in Business Administration-Carnegie Mellon University. Doctoral Studies, Architecture, University of Michigan.
Registered Landscape Architect, (RLA), Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture, The Ohio State University, Bachelors of Science Degree in Horticulture, The Ohio State University.
(Pre-College/College Studies in Fine Arts: Painting, Drawing, Architecture, Art, Glass, Wood working/Furniture Making. Carnegie Mellon University).
Stoneridge has over 200 satisfied architecture and landscape architecture client projects in 16 plus years of business and an A+ BBB Rating. Provided on this page are: Several of our satisfied client reviews and "Architectural and Landscape Architectural Services provided for our Clients". The page concludes with Stoneridge's Business Philosophy-How Stoneridge Conducts Business.
Request a meeting of introduction to express your architecture and landscape architectural interests . I will welcome the opportunity to present how STONERIDGE design may be of assistance.
Your 1st consultation is free. Contact: Regis Aaron Zapatka, RA, RLA , President STONERIDGE Design inc.
A SELECTION OF CLIENT REVIEWS of STONERIDGE DESIGN INC, and Regis Zapatka, follows:
We contracted with Stonerige Design inc for Architecture and Landscape Architecture Design and Construction. We were happy to discover, knowing that the process in presenting designs to the township is a difficult one, that Regis was able to obtain a variance for the Architecture design, allowing for its construction. The Architecture and Landscape Architecture are a perfect compliment to each other. We are extremely pleased with his work and to this day we receive compliments from parents on Halloween night and from guests at our home throughout the year. The design and construction is beautiful! The vegetation, stone and building materials chosen are fantastic, really special. Regis was convinced he could get a variance for our architectural needs and that the project would be beautiful and functional. This is what we realized w Stoneridge. Mr. Jerome Buyny, The Buynys, Pittsburgh PA."
“Over the years, we contracted with Stoneridge Design, Inc., for several projects on our property. The architectural designs that Regis created for us and the actual work done were excellent, improved the aesthetics of our property, and lowered our maintenance. Stoneridge Design has been there when we needed them. Working with Stoneridge improved our landscaping dramatically which also improved the value of our property.” Dr. and Mrs. Leo Goode, Pittsburgh, PA
"Contracted with Stoneridge Design for a Landscape Architectural Improvement to our property. Stoneridge provided an aesthetically pleasing design that has also proven over these many years to be well thought out". The design lowered our maintenance and looks great. We have been happy to contract with Stoneridge over the years for various tasks. An itemization for all costs are provided. We appreciate the professionalism and the good work. The Nemecs, "
"We contracted with Stoneridge for Architectural and Landscape Architectural design for our Estate. We were very happy with the proposed design solutions and decided to contract with Stoneridge for the Construction of the Landscape Architecture at our Estate. The work was extensive including 'exactly’ matching existing historic stone constructions in certain areas, and complementing the estates historicity including improving function and aesthetic at others. The Design and Construction schedule was: Well thought out; the attention to detail appreciated, and proposal of solutions within the design process and during construction - invaluable. There is a significant improvement to the value, beauty and function, of our Historic Estate, its’ aesthetic and function as a result of having Contracted with Stoneridge Design. Dr. and Mrs. Victor Lapkowicz, Washington Co. PA."
“Stoneridge Design provided architectural services for the design of our new house. The experience was good. Regis Zapatka, given our busy schedule, met us at our existing home and designed everything to our requests and needs, and with his Professional recommendations to get everything just right. The process was efficient. We met several times to review progress and updates that resulted in the Construction documents we needed to permit, contract and build our new home. Great experience, great work! TheKellys!” Pittsburgh, PA.
"Contracted with Stoneridge design for an Architectural Design of our new house. Working with Stoneridge has been very rewarding. Regis is very friendly, easily open to clients’ suggestions and changes, and very enthusiastic about his clients’ projects. The designs are exactly, even better than could have been imagined. Everything is well thought out. We are in the process of building our house, we have contracted with Stoneridge and are satisfied with the professionalism and consideration of anticipating our needs and responding to them. Great work, great design! Robert Sloss, Retired U.S. Military.”
"We originally contracted with Stonerige Design inc for Landscape Architecture Design and Construction. We were happy with this work and a couple of years later or so, contracted for additional work. Most recently we contracted for Architectural Design work-a pavilion for our backyard. Stoneridge constructed this as well. The designs are creative, utilize natural materials, Stoneridge's favorite locally resourced stone and hardwoods. The construction/ installations are of good quality. Mr. and Mrs. T. Lusk Pittsburgh Pa."
" Thank you Regis, Stoneridge for the design and construction of my new house. I realize you did much to help me-Thank you. My budget was tight and you evidenced as much, but made everything come together. The house is very beautiful very nice, you are a special person and a good man. " John Capolla, Retired Military U.S. Navy.
Stoneridge design provided over many years aesthetic and functional Landscape Architectural improvements. These improved the residential property value. “Regis, Thank you very much for the time to explain everything, the working of the water pump, the water features-water falls, and for preparing "Everything into Presentation Quality” for the sales of our house. We appreciate ‘everything’ as the extra effort, “over the years” really assisted with the current sales of our house-Thank you. All the best! John Sherwin, PhD, The Sherwin Family, Washington Co. PA.
"Contacted Stoneridge. They provided many options that we could visualize and conclude were also solutions to our architectural interests and this, early into the Architectural Design process. The design process evolved from a general image of the design solution to specific detailing that complemented the whole, including references/connections to the landscape-very special. The architecture design provided has a natural and historic aspect to it- a bonus to our setting. Stoneridge evidenced our house met the latest energy code requirements, and additional efficiency's that could be realized- (not on the code-not required). For example, by changing window dimensions we've allowed additional day lighting into our residence. We are very satisfied with the Professionalism and Quality we found in Stoneridge Design. The Clark Family, Pittsburgh, PA.”
PROFESSIONAL SERVICES available to STONERIDGE design inc. client's:
Meeting of introduction. (How Stoneridge may assist with your Architectural, Landscape Architectural interests). FREE-schedule to present your interests for your property and to discover ideas and options.
Professional Services Contract: (The prospective client is provided a "Design Program" this is a 'List' of the clients 'requests to be incorporated into or resolved by the Architectural and or Landscape Architectural, 'Schematic Design'). The Program is followed by a 'Professional Services Contact' indicating: Professional Services to be provided, Format in which services are to be provided, a schedule, and costs. Payments are typically, one half to begin each phase with the balance of each design phase due upon delivery of contracted products for the given phase. There are three phases to the Architecture and Landscape Design Process. Following is a brief description of each phase and several of the services that Stoneridge Design provides.
Schematic Design: This phase begins with the documentation of existing conditions, photography, dimensioning, notation. This information is then entered into a respective digital format. After gathering relevant information, reviewing the client's and analyzing: Opportunities and constraints, (The Client is provided with options that are solutions to their Architectural, Landscape Architectural Interests). Client can be provided with information in a variety of formats: CAD 2d, 3d, Parametric Modeling (BIM) using Revit 2d and 3d, Drawings/Sketches, Photo studies, Photo Real studies in 3d-3d Studio Max., Charts, Graphs, Estimation of square footage costs for a given design and diagrams are also provided as required. The Goal of Schematic Design is to efficiently communicate information as to why (a) design(s) is/are a solution to the cilents' interests very early in the design process. Having this professional information allows the client to make an informed decision as to which option or why a solution is in fact the best solution to the clients' interest.
Design Development: (Next, The Client is provided with the detailed development of a solution). Materials, Interfacing of structure, and mechanics, manufacturers -for example of windows, doors or pools and outdoor appliances, dimensions, ((The particulars,) are designed and developed of a specific solution. By the end of this phase a client has reviewed professional recommendations and provided input concerning what by the end of this phase-the design development phase will be a nearly finished design). An itemization of many material costs is typically prepared concurrent with this phase to best assist the client in decision making.
Construction Documents: This final phase of the Design Process involves providing documentation necessary to: Financing, Permitting, Bidding and Construction. Key notation, general and specific specifications, specific dimensions, referencing are provided on the documents to assist primarily with the construction of the Architecture and Landscape Architecture. The Construction Documents include documentation-as may be required, from Professionals who work with Stoneridge in the professions of Structural, Civil or Mechanical Engineering.
Design Build: Stoneridge Design can refer contractors to clients for Architectural commercial and residential constructions as requested. Stoneridge does construct and install all of the landscape architecture designed by STONERIDGE design inc. Clients are provided a Stoneridge Design inc. Construction / Installation contract.
Architecture: Residential Architecture "NEW" Construction and "ADDITIONS to side/rear or 2nd/3rd story additions. Integration of 'Addition' to appear as 1 original construction. Challenging additions. Stone masonry, interior design, lighting LED design, day lighting, energy efficient design, construction documentation-long history of documenting and working directly in residential construction.
Landscape Architecture: Integration of the Landscape to complement the Architecture and the adjacent urban or rural context. Formal and Natural Landscapes. Stone Masony, Landscape LED Lighting. Micro-climate and environmental design as relates to landscape architecture/architecture. Water, Pools, basins, fountains. Storm water control.
Stonework: Stone design and Stone construction. Yes, Stoneridge only uses 'real stone' created by "God" and forces of Nature.
Horticulture: Briefly, Stoneridge provides clients with a knowledge base of what plantings are good for: Hillsides, privacy screening, seasonal interest, scent, erosion protection. What plant communities work well together, what are the plantings cultural requirements? What plantings would be found in a French Parterre, English Country Garden or Japanese Garden? Stoneridge has the answers.
What is important to take away from this Brief introduction is the comprehensive package of relevant information, knowledge and practice incorporated into Stoneridge design's and available to Stoneridge Clients. Call Stoneridge with your design interests: 412 221 6085
HOW STONERIDGE CONDUCTS BUSINESS, BUSINESS PHILOSOPHY.
Stoneridge key words: Truth, Beauty, Goodness.
What may be most important to your decision? How Stoneridge conducts business?:
TRUTH: Professionalism, good character, refinement. With Stoneridges professionalism is intrinsic to nearly 20 years of being in business with over 200 satisfied clients-a reality. A BBB rating of A+ for Stoneridge is also a reality. Truth is apparent in Stoneridge's products, designs and constructions visible on this Stonerige Design Website. Witness the Truth, the quality in the product. Stoneridge has provided services to residential, commercial, institutional clients and contractors for nearly 20 years. Each with unique demanding, requirements, personalities and expectations. Stoneridge has a very good batting average of contracting with 200 plus clients to date, (Batting 200+!)
In all Stoneridge hiring and contracts there is effort to ‘hire or contract’ only with persons with good ethics as this has been, and is the ‘best’ start point for the 100’s of contracts signed with our clients to date. In addition to good ethics many of stoneridges clients are quite accomplished, have high standards, and have seen examples of quality architecture and landscape architecture here and abroad. This makes for all the better business. High Standards is a simple fact of the world of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and intrinsic to businesses that operate for nearly a quarter century or more. The practice of high standards by Stoneridge is reflected in having contracted with 200 plus clients, and businesses in nearly 20 years and counting. It is also evidenced by not contracting with clients: Stoneridge has met with prospective clients, and advised, you may don't need an architect, landscape architect-here is a solution. Often Stoneridge gets a call back from the same prospective client or from their reference, We have another project for you...thanks.
A client of Stoneridge once stated,”references I could care less….I want to know what did you do to resolve or how did you deal with your worst client?” (A good question) . ( If you ever owned a business, you know, that there can be an unseen rotting apple client/customer, maybe 1 in 200. Contractors know these types: Pay late, don’t pay, lie, request extra work be completed before payment, such persons have similar histories with others.) Prospective clients here is an answer-'a case study'. “ Stoneridge has the option to hang out the laundry of a ‘rotten apple’ client –defame this person, (even sue them again), whose payments where delinquent, and not paid, whose actions are belligerent, to everyone actually –neighbors, employees, past clients, (-yes it was discovered even communicated by this client, " that past clients of stoneridge had ‘run ins’ with 'him' and how he ‘squashed them"):. Stoneridge after first appeasing, then excusing too many offenses, and even accommodating too many additional requests -not in the Contract, choose the proper forum to resolve matters with this very rare 1 in 200+ clients-client. Stoneridge took him to “COURT” wherein the facts where presented and the difficult client was told by the court, "to pay payments long past due and owed". (A historic recorded reality). This slanderers defense 'my kitchen is terrible, the service was terrible'...The judge rendered a verdict-Pay moneys owed to Stoneridge. The kitchen is depicted below. For Stoneridge, moneys not paid were at the Court's directive PAID=“CASE CLOSED”. No need to defame, and never to slander-this client-Heaven lost for lies? Never. Sadly, however, after paying moneys owed the client maliciously lowered the bar even lower, by slander and libel? (Yes, at times this is what small businesses have to deal with-and it is protected under freedom of speech?). This same man signs his letters with 'respectfully'? It is COMMON SENSE to conclude: Accomplished professional and contractor completed project 'well' and without pay as what other option is there? Then sued to get paid. Court agreed pay Professional and Contractor moneys. Sadly, there are a few for whom justice is disrespected, "He would dare take me to court, I'll show him-I'll libel his business and person" Very sad, and a very simply stated reality. The TRUTH is very SIMPLE, fortunately Courts and Judges know the same. It is not always possible to see ‘rotten apples’ like potato’s-the rot can start internally-unseen. What is important-Is to with foresight, prayer and thought to keep choosing the high road-the narrow path.
There is a high road in life-‘The Way’-see Spain. Hence the name, “Stoneridge”, it is upon the ridge, in prayer, in thought, that truth, the ‘way’ is discerned, solutions discerned. Clients want a professional, a contractor, with a moral compass, insightful, capable of discernment and reason, a professional and contractor that affords the benefit of doubt, goes beyond the call of duty, and even if having suffered offense, doesn't return offense but seeks remedy, provides remedy, and if necessary legal remedy and moves on. This is Stoneridge Design Inc. and Regis Zapatka a professional, a licensed architect, licensed landscape architect, and horticulturist, with degrees in business etc, who is considerate of the other, and of the historic time tested virtue of knowing 'right from wrong'. Many of Stoneridge's clients come from referrals and have a similar appreciation of Truth, Beauty and Goodness.
Stoneridge provides a list of references….but doesn’t publicly list "The majority" of them. Why? Persons, contractors, and businesses'- ‘private business contracts and contacts are 'their' private business. There are many businesses that choose not to post a 'list' of names, why? These businesses have concluded: Opinions of unknown persons are meaningless to their prospective clients..rich who? chris who?, what is the value of an opinion from someone I don't know? These businesses have concluded if references are needed they will discretely provide. These businesses conclude: Our business has other credentials: Licensing, accreditation's, published works, constructed works, years in business, business ratings, professional affiliations, memberships, community involvement, charitable donations, academic accomplishments etc. Subject my clients to unsolicited calls? "Never". If our clients need to be contacted they are, by Stoneridge, to request, receive approval of a call, or a visit, or a reference, if not already provided to be given with discretion. This has included, for some clients, a directive of -No photos, no interior photos, and the signing of agreements to not release private information. This is ‘old school’ respect for the other’.
Beauty: Stoneridge products really don’t need much description. The product speaks for itself. See web pages. Seeing is believing in Architecture and Landscape Architecture. When you see the real thing it is what it is. A person can call a rose, a weed, but we all know a rose from a weed. The photos in this website reflect Stoneridge architecture, landscape architecture and products. Stoneridge documents all completed works in great detail for record, publishing and for presentation to future clients.
Stoneridge employs quality employees, that subscribe to best building practices, tried and true trade methodologies of construction. Our employees take pride in their work, and their aspect, as all who work-should. Stoneridge employees enjoy their work, their trade, their task of making a depicted idea tangible. Good employees are intrinsic to business success, beautiful projects. Stoneridge seeks good employees and appreciates their contributions toward quality work.
Stoneridge designs and constructs with materials that historically withstand the tests of time. Beauty is inherent to the potential of the material realized in the design of it actualized. Real sedimentary, metamorphic and igneous stone and real hardwoods also chosen for their potential and use make for a good start point toward great architecture and landscape architectural design.
Beauty is also inherent to good function. Stoneridge provides architecture and landscape architecture options that are solutions. It is not enough for architecture and landscape architecture to be beautiful it must also be of good utility. Does it serve its function, better many functions-well. All of Stoneridges architecture satisfies several or more functions. This is essential to good design.
Goodness: Stoneridge has had many good religious , family, and community examples to emulate the concept of ‘respect and consideration for the other’. Stoneridge is on 3 chambers of commerce, actively involved in communities as is practical and charitable events. Stoneridge annually provides charitable professional, installation, construction and on many occasions much needed maintenance services to religious congregations of more than several different Faiths. Our Faiths often do not have the funds for this work. Assisting Faithful in need is important to Stoneridge and will be as is possible. Also note, there may be the presentation of professional services donated by Stoneridge for several communities in the near future. As a small business Stoneridge has very little spare time, however some of this spare time has been invested, pro bono, in incremental work on several projects for several communities. We'll keep you posted!
Stoneridge dedicates, volunteers, much time to charities and religious institutions of various Faiths. For example, one religious leader contacted Stoneridge, “We need our Church grounds improved- an emergency as neighbors are complaining, can you help?". For another denomination, “We need a place to sell and display religious articles to our members”. And to another, “We need a new building entry”. Stoneridge provided these Religious institutions pro bono professional and construction services. Every year Stoneridge dedicates 1000’s to charities-Tax receipts evidence as much. Very few of Stoneridge’s clients were ever aware of this; but proud to discover the reality that a portion of their contracting with Stoneridge resulted in Stoneridge being able to provide charities and religious institutions with extra assistance they would not otherwise have. And yes 1000’s and that is quite a lot for a home office next to a Creek in Bridgeville.
Thank you for investing the time to learn more about Stoneridge Design and Regis A. Zapatka, Registered Architect, Registered Landscape Architect, Horticulturist, President of Stoneridge Design inc.
I welcome what may be an opportunity to be of Professional Assistance. I can typically schedule a meeting to meet about a week out from the time of emailing or a phone call. I'll need your name, address and phone number and a brief message. I look forward to hearing from you. Sincerely, Regis Zapatka. SCHEDULE TODAY....412-221-6085 or email at email@example.com.