testimonials

Ben Feiler

I want to thank you guys for the exceptional work you did. You were fantastic, and were able to help design the house that is better than we imagined. I will send anyone who asks your way. I also want to complement Mike on the exceptional job he did. His work looks fantastic. He had our best interests in mind throughout the entire process. He was also great at communicating, responsive and thorough. You should definitely consider recommending him to future clients. He was the real deal and has our full recommendation. Please let us know when you want to come see Mike’s amazing work of your design. Thanks for everything.

Stephen Hann, Custom Builder

Professional Architectural and Interior Design services. They design  homes from inception and incorporate the clients personality in the finished product. Two projects were featured on Million dollar rooms and won numerous awards for design excellence. They have an excellent team that consistently communicate the project requirements and look for ways to get the most value for the owner by being flexible with design solutions for truly custom features.

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"We have worked with a number of Architecture and Interior Designer Companies over the years, but none of them can compare in talent and execution as CDG-AI. Their unique approach treats each of our projects as a “work of art”, giving our clients the feel of living in a truly one-of-a-kind custom home.  At Whitestone Builders, we work very hard to surround ourselves with not only talented people, but individuals we enjoy working with.  We definitely enjoy working with this group, and we highly recommend them."

 

- David Gordon
Principal Aspire Fine Homes

Fred & Susan Caldwell

Caldwell Development

Mark, Mickey and Shannon have helped us with a variety of projects for the past few years. They do an outstanding job! They are extremely creative and work very hard to make sure you are pleased with the outcome. I highly recommend this group! You will not be disappointed if you work with this team!

Laurie & Wade Phillips

CDG was working with the builder when we decided to build our house and we admired the work they had done so much that we decided to continue working with them. Love the way they understand what I want and are not upset if it differs a little bit from their view. They make every effort to get the house looking like I want it to look but at the same time giving invaluable advice about the structure and the design. They are fun and professional people who really care about me and my house. I would have been lost in this process without them. This is our first building experience and they have been involved from the ground up and now that we are in the home stretch they are really helping me pick out the finishing touches that we will live with for a long time. I would gladly recommend them to anyone looking for architectural and design help.

Exterior Worlds Landscaping & Design

We have done many projects with Collaborative Design Group over the last ten years. We are always excited to find out they are on the team, as it means the home is going to be very unique and of extraordinary design. We would recommend them WITHOUT reservation.

Debbie Bethancourt

We hired Collaborative Design Group to design and decorate our home when we built it 5 years ago. The whole office was with me every step of the way. Our home is large and not something I could do myself. CDG worked beside me and made a big job easy. Still today they are available to ask questions, give me advice on things I might still want to do at our home and have even decorated my house for Christmas the last 3 years. I have recommended their service to lots of friends and acquaintances for everything from a makeover to a full design. They can do it all.

Mark Butros

Butros Construction

I am a custom home builder / remodeler in the Houston and surrounding areas, specializing in large multi-million dollar home projects.  I am not easily impressed nor give compliments that are undeserved, however, I was instantly impressed when I met Mark Bufalini on a 20,000 square foot project that we worked on together.  He showed me that he has the skills and the knowledge to achieve what the home owner wants without sacrificing function and doing so without an arrogant flare that you may find with other top level architects.  Mickey Bufalini, who is a joy to be around, is highly knowledgeable in not only various areas of design, but also well understands their cost associations.  The Bufalini’s and their collaborative design initiative have taken a business that is infamously inefficient and made it efficient.  I can confidently recommend anyone to rely on CDG for their Architectural and design needs – I know you will be as impressed as I.

MCA Systems

I have worked with Collaborative Design Group since I began in natural stone sales many years ago.

In working closely with custom home builders, project managers and their homeowners, I have heard nothing but very positive comments on their experiences in working with Mickey, Mark and their very talented staff.

Since a good majority of their projects are to the magnitude they are, they take quite a while to complete; some years. It is very important that every single item is documented. If not, this becomes a major issue for a project manager. Collaborative Design is very organized and is on the cutting edge of technology when it comes to producing very detailed and complete specifications.

This type of detailing is also a big help to vendors. If we supply Collaborative with proper documented samples, there are no mistakes on the final orders.

At the end of the projects on which I have worked with Collaborative, I am always amazed at the outcome!

"Thank you, Mickey, for all you and your group are doing on this project.  I know you do this for a living, but it is apparent to myself and my wife that you are not only exceptional at what you do, but you really, really care about an end result and the process, as well.  We have always felt like we had nice taste, but absolutely have seen a need for your direction/advice/ and counsel."

 

"Y'all are awesome."

S. Scott West

Allan Edwards Builder, Inc.

"Mickey is one of the most talented interior designers in Houston. She and her staff are extremely organized. For a home builder like myself, she is a dream to work with. I would absolutely recommend her to anyone considering building a new home."

Osborne Cabinets & Millwork, Inc.

"Collaborative Design Group-- We love the whole team and enjoy every project we work on together! Their style is exquisite and I am proud of every project we have worked on together. Due to the quality of their work, I would recommend their services to anyone in need of an architect or interior designer!"

Cathy Cole Mitchell

"Collaborative Design Group is professional, creative and will help expand your ideas to a level that exceed your imagination and expectations. I hired them to decorate my current home and am actively working with them to completely renovate a high-rise. Love their ideas and the final results are exceptional. Recommend them 100%!"

Allan Edwards Builder, Inc.

"I have had the pleasure to have worked with Mickey for over 20 years as one of her reps. This company, hands down is absolutely one of the top design firms here in Houston. They are an absolute pleasure to work with.

There is a certain level of creativity, talent, taste and professionalism that they possess .Most firms that I call on usually have a specific "look" that they do on all projects. Collaborative Design is one of the firms that do not specialize in any one particular category. They do it all (and do it well!)...... from traditional, to contemporary, to transitional. There is not another residential design firm that I call on that has an in house architect, but they have one on staff. Their level of expertise in all areas of design (from conception, to construction, to remodels) is unparalleled.

I actually hired Mickey for a complete downstairs remodel and was MORE than pleased with the results. The outcome was better than I could have imagined. The minute she walked in, she knew exactly what we wanted to achieve, and was mindful of our wishlist as well as our budget and made it all happen!"

Colleen Colby

"Collaborative Design Group-- We love the whole team and enjoy every project we work on together! Their style is exquisite and I am proud of every project we have worked on together. Due to the quality of their work, I would recommend their services to anyone in need of an architect or interior designer!"

Gary Andrews

"Collaborative Design Group is professional, creative and will help expand your ideas to a level that exceed your imagination and expectations. I hired them to decorate my current home and am actively working with them to completely renovate a high-rise. Love their ideas and the final results are exceptional. Recommend them 100%!"

Kat Reilly

"This is the latest in a long line of wonderful projects in which I have been lucky enough to work alongside this outstanding firm of professionals. Decisions I need are made quickly but with thoughtful care. Though we specialize in unique and very custom doors, it is refreshing and exciting to "collaborate" on really imaginative requests (never demands), knowing my small part is an important piece of the big picture to each member of this highly creative team. I especially appreciate the way each project seems like the best and biggest thing going, no matter what the actual size and scope. Looking forward to the next of many, I hope..."

Lisha Hall

"CDG was involved in our new residence from beginning of construction and worked with us closely for two years – from interior design, appliance and furniture selection, drapery design to interior decoration, picture hanging and custom fabrication of furniture. It is not an overstatement to say that Mickey and team made our building experience easier and enjoyable so that we can brag that we totally enjoyed our building process. Like many home owners, we had had concerns and anxiety before starting the project. CDG was always there to help any way we needed them. Mickey was personally involved in 95% of job. She was always at the meetings, jobsites and material selections. She is a pure joy to work with and we are confident that she will lift you up and brighten your day through difficult times of your construction. Mark’s architect expertise helped come up with numerous wonderful concepts and saved much time in modifying some features of the house. CDG has a professional, competent and pleasant team of designers among which Noel Sensat is excellent. CDG went into our job more as a partner than a contract because Mickey and team were as conscious of our budget, needs and wants as we were. Because of CDG’s dedication, professionalism, pursuit to perfection and collaboration, we saved money and time and totally enjoyed building our new house. We highly recommend CDG/Mickey to anyone who is selecting a designer."

Jan Beckering

"I hired Collaborative Design Group - Architects and Interiors in January of 2014 to help build my new home. Mark Bufalini was the architect. I chose him because I felt he was a good listener, had a lot of experience, and was very creative. When I needed extra help to decide what the front elevation should look like he and the builder, Dave Gordon from Whitestone Builders, drove around looking at architectural aspects of homes with me. It was very helpful. He took the pictures I gave him of my furniture and spent time making a design around them. David Deiss, who works very closely with Mark, had endless patience with me and immediately made the necessary changes during the design process. Mickey and Shannon were the designers. They have a wealth of ideas. I always looked forward to our meetings. They made the process fun and exciting. When I got frustrated with all the decisions that had to be made they were there to help. They were good at making my personal style come alive. It was extra special to have Mark (the architect) and Mickey (the designer) in the same office. When problems arose they were solved in 5 minutes because they were both in the same office. (I want to mention that Gloria and Cynthia in the front office were always so welcoming.) I feel that the whole team worked well together. They seem like family now. I highly recommend them. My house will be started in January of 2015."

Justin Allison

SES Design Group

It is always a pleasure to work with Mickey and Mark and the Collaborative Design Group team. Their expertise, creativity and professionalism makes every project distinct and it shows. Collaborative understands the entire building process, takes ownership of the project and delivers on their commitments while guiding their clients through every step of the design, build and furnishings process. The whole group truly listens to what the client expectations are, brings a creativeness and outlook that is unsurpassed in the Industry and do an amazing Job of setting that vision into a reality. It is a privilege to work with such a great group of talented professionals."

Marian Langston

"Collaborative Design Group provides fabulous services in both architecture and interior design. I have been working with Collaborative Design Group for almost a year. They have been so helpful and creative in designing unique features in the house we are building. It has been so wonderful to have help in the architectural process as I am also trying to work on the interior design. I have been amazed at the detail of their work and the interest that CDG has given to my project. I would have made so many mistakes building my house if it had not been for CDG.

I am very thankful to CDG! I would not want to build without their help!"

Sheila Palmer

"Collaborative Design Group (CDG) ROCKS! I have worked with them first as a professional and then as a client. From both perspectives, they are professional and yet, very personable and down to earth, extremely artistic both in their interior design and architecture, available, courteous, and thorough with new and different ideas to reflect their client’s needs wants and taste. As a professional, I have seen them design from start to finish including interiors and architecture, huge projects, moderate and in my case, small. (I loved what they did in my house.) Every time they treated all of their clients with the same enthusiasm and care. I have been in the background and seen how much they care about making sure their clients are “blown away” by their “new” rooms and brand new houses. Hire them!!!"