Barbara and Will
Ana Delia completed two extensive, back-to-back residential remodeling projects for us. The first one was completed in April 2019, and the second one was completed in December 2019.
We had received glowing recommendations from Ana Delia’s previous clients and decided to visit her projects and schedule personal meetings with her. We felt confident with her capabilities, work process, and integrity.
Not only are we thrilled with the final result of both renovation projects, each with distinct styles and challenges, but we also were exceptionally pleased with the ease of dealing with Ana Delia and her team from start to finish. She is accessible and open to working creatively to achieve her clients’ vision—a consummate professional. Importantly, Ana Delia is also not shy about communicating a concern or potential issue and works through solutions and associated costs. She has an excellent team of craftsmen and subcontractors who produce quality results in a timely manner. And finally, Ana Delia is exceptional in terms of providing a detailed budget and updating costs throughout the project and upon request. This really helps avoid surprises and was much appreciated.
Each of our two projects was unique and involved a slightly different process, highlighting Ana Delia’s ability to handle projects with varying challenges and unique architectural elements. One project went through numerous iterations of layouts and floorplans over the course of about a year, and we worked closely with Ana Delia before we were comfortable that we had a plan we liked and was within our budget. This involved much back and forth communication, budget modifications, plan revisions, and patience in coming to a final plan. Ana Delia and her team never waivered in their enthusiasm to get to a plan that was both in our budget and achieved our architectural vision.
The second project was somewhat of a surprise that came up while still working on the design plans of the first project. We purchased this house rather quickly and decided to do an extensive renovation immediately thereafter. Ana Delia helped us modify, extend, and create new spaces in a historical property in Centro. She created a detailed budget and helped us source unique elements for the home to fit our vision with her wide array of artisans and contractors. Ana Delia was also open to working with some artisans we found as well.
Ana Delia dealt with any issues that came up directly, timely, honestly, and with the appropriate personnel to find a solution.
Though we began as strangers, who were introduced through a client referral, we quickly came to appreciate and understand that Ana Delia is an exceptional person and talented arquitecta. Her standout qualities include honesty, integrity, amazing hard work, ability to manage a talented team, and a willingness to help clients achieve their desired results. Ana Delia earned our respect quite early in our work together, and we saw the tremendous respect that she has from her loyal and talented employees and contractors as well. Our respect for Ana Delia grew to friendship. This is nice to be able to say at the end of two back-to-back complete renovation projects! She is truly an admirable woman who moves with confident determination no matter the challenge.
Having built homes prior to this, it is worth noting again that we found it to be extremely helpful and a standard part of Ana Delia’s process to provide clients with extremely detailed budgets in advance of starting a project. The budget is updated regularly to reflect any additions, deletions, or modifications. Ana Delia’s building standards are first rate and purposefully emphasize durability and ease of maintenance.
We love the homes’ architectural elements, layouts, fountains, fire pits, pool, light, and overall flow, as well as the many artisan features using local materials from the region, such as cantera stone, tiles, custom painting, custom ceiling shapes, custom glasswork, and custom floors.
We would absolutely, wholeheartedly, and gladly recommend Ana Delia!
Jim and Mark
We worked with Ana in designing and building a new home, which was completed in August 2018.
We chose Ana after visiting friends who had used her as their architect/builder. We really liked their home. They told us how pleased they were that she came in on time and on budget, so we decided then to contact and interview her.
We had high expectations, and she did not disappoint us.
When we had the initial interview with Ana, she listened to what we liked about our current home and our concerns and interests in building a new home. It was evident to us that Ana was, first and foremost, interested in creating a home that would reflect our interests.
Ana is so very easy to work with. She is always patient and understanding. During the many meetings leading up to the construction, Ana incorporated our ideas, while guiding us and making suggestions. She is so professional and deeply personal at the same time, and Ana’s excitement was so reassuring to us. We always felt she was deeply invested emotionally in our home, and she never imposed her ego into the process. She is a joy to work with. Ana made the whole one-and-a-half-year process so seamless. During this time, we came to know, respect, and love Ana as a friend.
Any time an issue did arise–there were very few–Ana quickly made corrections. She and her team are amazing.
Our home represents an excellent value for our investment. The quality of the construction and the materials used are solid values, in our opinion.
The openness and lightness of the house make it a joy to live in. We always feel so at peace in this beautiful home, which was designed to showcase our antiques and art collection. The 17 ft. rock wall in the living room is a favorite feature. It was designed to display an important Russian painting in our collection. The wall and painting are each powerful elements in and of themselves. The two together, however, are exceptional. Other favorite features are the PVC doors and windows. They were one of the first recommendations that Ana made. We are so glad that we took her advice and made the investment.
We have recommended Ana to our friends, and of course, will continue to recommend her to anyone we know is considering building or remodeling.
Don Thomas DeFeo
From the first time I visited San Miguel de Allende , three years ago, I realized that I had found a place where I wanted to live in. I returned several months later to spend more time looking at real-estate and eventually made up my mind to have a home built.
I then toured many lots only to choose a building lot in a very upscale community… Vista Antigua. My next task was to set out looking for and interviewing architects that I felt I could work with, and who understood my astatic.
Friends of mine who lived in Vista Antiqua had their home built by Ana Delia and were very satisfied with her knowledge of the design/build process and quality of the final product. They put me in touch with her and we met during my next visit.
Ana Delia was very interested in what I descried to her and we set up a meeting to discuss the building process. We then tour at least four of her clients finished homes…. I was impressed,… though the homes we toured were all different styles, I knew she could design a home for me that would suite my taste.
I heard all about the craftsmanship, and her professionalism from her former clients, they were very happy with her “eye for detail” and control of the budget.
Shoretly thereafter we discuss the budget and developed a detailed overview of my wants and needs,…. number of rooms, and how the house should function, etc.
Ana Delia developed a set of rough drawings for review. We honed those ideas into working plans that eventually they became Casa Fiona.
Being that I was still living in the US… Ana Delia furnished me with hundreds of progress photo, emails, and choices were made as the house grew out of the ground.
If there was anything that I didn’t understand or then having seen what my choices had delivered I always had an option to make changes. Ana Delia never said NO just because it was an inconvenience or that it changed the budget or plans.
When I had asked for changes that weren’t physical possible she would try to find alternative solutions to make it work. ( Great Patience)
On my occasional visits I was always amazed to see how so many workers went about their craft with little chaos or discord….working hard to make it all happen.
I can’t say enough about working with Ana Delia… my Architect, contractor, and now satisfied client. Her personal attention made the difference between buying a house ready made and having your own dream come true.
Claudine Langan and Chuck Rubin
“Since I work in real estate (Claudine), I already know who the good architects are, and Ana Delia is among them. We spoke with some of her past clients, and they told us that her projects are on time and on budget. She finished our house two weeks early.
“We were very impressed that Ana Delia had been working with her maestro for more than 20 years. She has a lot of respect for her crew, and they respect her. Ana Delia is excellent about getting materials delivered on time. We never saw guys standing around because they didn’t have the materials to continue the job. For people who have never built in Mexico, it can be really challenging. But working with Ana Delia gives you the confidence to move forward with the project.
“Before the contract was signed, Ana Delia provided a 24-page budget, which did not deviate much. She gave us the whole kit and caboodle before she got the job. This was really impressive to us.
“After the house was built and she had our money, Ana Delia continued to be absolutely outstanding and very responsive to any requests we had for any re-tweaking. She not only responded quickly to our requests, but also fixed any issues very quickly that might have come up. Ana Delia is very classy and very professional.
“There was no question about the value we got from our project. Ana Delia is a great person and a talented architect. Her knowledge of the building process is incredible. The house is truly beautiful and the workmanship second to none. Our house is so light and bright. It turned out just the way we wanted it, and we enjoy being in each and every room.”
The main project Ana Delia created for me was a fairly large addition to a reasonably small residence, but it also involved some renovation of the pre-existing house. The project was completed in November 2017.
After recommendations from two people I respected, followed up by a day spent with Ana Delia visiting houses she had built, I was convinced that she was the right choice.
Based on my explanation of my objectives, Ana Delia put together a draft plan. I reviewed the plan, explaining what I liked and disliked, and listened to Ana Delia´s feedback and ideas. This back and forth dialogue continued for a period of time, as the plans were adjusted and refined, and it evolved into a final design.
Ana Delia is both a consummate professional and a lovely person. Some architects resist their client’s ideas, as if building the house for the architect. Others are perhaps too timid to tell a client when the client's idea is bad. In retrospect, I had some good ideas and some bad ideas. Ana Delia was respectful of my good ideas and candid about my bad ideas, offering alternatives and her own great ideas.
When issues arose, they were resolved promptly and amicably.
I think, perhaps, my favorite feature of the home is the way the overall house is oriented to take advantage of the views and the light.
The project not only met but exceeded my expectations, and I got good value for my money. I would absolutely recommend Ana Delia to my friends.
Marvin Berk and Dennis Kord
Ana Delia designed and built our beautiful 4,000 sq. ft. house plus outdoor gardens. We named it Casa Bebek, which means bellybutton in Turkish. We interpret it as our house at the center of our being, which is appropriate for the lovely house that is dear to us. It was completed in August 2019.
When first considering building a new home, we had seen a house Ana Delia had built for a neighbor in our complex. We loved the layout and workmanship. We also had received repeated high recommendations of her professional work from other clients, so we decided to work with her. We are more than satisfied with the home that Ana Delia built for us.
At the start of the project, we had a clear picture of what we wanted, but Ana Delia made a number of good suggestions, most of which we incorporated into the final plans. When Dennis and I had differing desires, she was a great help in presenting a great solution that we both liked. Ana Delia is very professional and a pleasure to work with. Her only goal was to help us create the home of our dreams. And she delivered!
There were very few issues that arose, but Ana Delia’s crew was great about anticipating and pleasantly communicating them. They were always on top of things and conscious of our aesthetics. Though the marble we selected for the bathroom counters is beautiful, in retrospect, we should have chosen a material that is easier to maintain.
After the house was completed, every issue that came up during the one-year warranty was taken care of quickly. Ana is very honest. When she was busy, we did have to remind her of a few needs, but we received very good value and do not regret one penny spent.
From the tile floors to the stone fireplaces, to the crown moldings and the exceptional woodwork, everything makes each day a pleasure.
Not only do we recommend Ana Delia to friends, we have repeatedly praised her work.
Moira and Silverio Gomez
“We were living in Florida at the time we decided to build our home. We interviewed a few architects, and Ana Delia gave us a good sense that she was reliable and could work long distance. When we were in San Miguel, she took us to some houses that she built, and we liked the way she designed them. We also liked her personally, and therefore, thought we could get along really well. I liked the fact that she was not a saleswoman (Moira).
“The project was an easy, collaborative process. Every time we wanted something done, she gave us an honest opinion whether it could be done or not. She was always willing to comply. We sent her pictures of things that we wanted, and she would send us progress pictures. This was our second build in Mexico, and the experience was 180 degrees from the other one. We had a very good relationship with Ana Delia. She finished the project on time and on budget. The house is just beautiful.
“When an issue would come up, Ana Delia would contemplate it, and we would discuss it. She always handled it in a very nice way. For example, when she used the wrong tile, it was no problem. No arguments. She just stripped it.
“When we built our other house, the architect lied to us. It was a continuous fight. With Ana Delia, it was never the case. It was a pleasure working with her. She is a jewel in the field that is hard to find.
“We got good value for our project—the materials, the finishes, and the workmanship. Everything was done well. All the workers, including the foreman and the contractors, had a lot of pride in their work. Any mistake was fixed right away. There was high quality to the last detail. We especially love the boveda ceilings and the staircase railing. They are absolutely amazing.
“We would absolutely recommend Ana Delia to our friends. Even though her one-year warranty has expired, she still comes to fix any issues that might arise.”
Kiko Rodriguez and Ron Lenox
“After we bought our house, we looked for an architect online. We ended up emailing three. Ana Delia responded in 10 minutes on a weekend. We liked that! She took us to three houses, and we spoke with two out of three owners. (She left us alone with them.) They loved her!
“We had an idea what we wanted, and Ana Delia listened. Our style is Mexican modern, and her taste was similar to ours. She was never pushy, and she never said ‘no.’ Ana Delia said, ‘Yes, we can do everything.’
“Our existing floor plan did not work. We wanted to open it up and move the location of the front entry. We had an idea of what we wanted, but Ana Delia knew what to do. She brought her assistant to our home, and he walked around with his computer and changed things on the fly. We trusted Ana Delia’s taste, and the result was beyond our expectations.
“We loved working with Ana Delia. She is very particular, like a drill sergeant. And, she is always available and always returns calls. You never get the feeling that she has other clients. When she walks around town, she says hello to people; they’re often former clients. She has a great personality. Our relationship went from business to friendship.
“Ana Delia’s workers were great. There were close to 20 people here a day. We really liked Poncho, her maestro. There were no big issues with the project, but when something did come up, Ana Delia gave us alternatives. She made it work. Everything was fixable. If something was done wrong, she just demolished it and redid it.
“We would absolutely recommend Ana Delia to our friends. She has been honest from day one, and the quality of the work all around, you just can’t beat it. The project was on budget and on time! After the project was completed, Ana Delia took care of re-tweaks right away.”
Nochaltzingo = "Our dear little house"
One of the great needs of every human being is to have a space to live in; The ideal is to acquire a home of our own that meets our needs and those of the family. Some of us have also had the opportunity to make this house to our liking, instead of buying something already made; Very few of us have also been able to put “our personal stamp” on our house and really only a few privileged ones have managed to build this dream in a masterful way.
This is my experience with the Architect Ana Delia López Rodríguez, a professional, sensitive, intelligent and committed woman who greatly enjoys her work of making her clients' dreams come true; but not only that, but also to support and guide them in the decisions that make this dream shine with intensity with a touch of aesthetics and good taste.
Ana Delia knows how to listen, she knows how to interpret, she knows how to understand our wishes in an extraordinary way and turn that: “I would like a space…” into a concrete proposal; where one says: "yes ... of course, I want to live there."
It is a kind of alchemy forged from experience, from their sensitivity, from the deep knowledge of materials, spaces, perspective, and innovation that makes that “eureka” project emerge, in which one can say: "It is much better than what I had dreamed of."
Ana Delia and a highly specialized team of teachers, bricklayers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians, stonemasons, designers, clerks, etc. perfectly coordinated make possible this magic of turning the ordinary into extraordinary.
Dave and Jan Strunk
“We were planning to renovate the house we had just purchased. Some friends recommended Ana Delia, who had just completed a large project for them.
“Although ours was a renovation rather than new construction, Ana was willing to work
with us. The renovation was completed on time and on budget.
“When we met with Ana, we expressed our desire for a traditional style with Mexican influence. We had several ideas already in mind, and Ana incorporated them beautifully.
“She was very professional as well as pleasant, discussing ideas and options with us. We trusted her judgment on how to achieve the finished project. The renovation included removal of some windows, relocation and redesign of fireplaces, addition of large solid wood beams, master bath reconfiguration, and more.
“Ana is especially good at communicating in a timely manner. Her work crews were
all very pleasant and on site when she said they would be.
“We are happy to recommend Ana to others.”
“Ana Delia was recommended by a friend, whose home she built. My project was an extensive renovation of the first and second floors of my three-story home. Before I signed on with Ana Delia, she took me around to see her projects. It was evident by what she chose for her own home and other places that our tastes and aesthetics were aligned. We also walked around my house, and I was very pleased with the ideas she had that I hadn’t thought of. I am an interior designer, and I thought it would be important to work with someone who had tastes similar to my own.
“The design process worked beautifully. After the tours, Ana Delia provided an initial floor plan, and we used pictures to communicate what I wanted. She ended up doing a few elevations before we finalized the plan.
“The first floor of my home was originally very dark and chopped up. Ana Delia transformed it with a new kitchen, a new bath, and a new fireplace. The kitchen is charming. She moved it to the other side of the house to an area that used to be a storage room. It features a celosia, a carved stone piece in the wall depicting an animal with two angels. She also leveled the floor in the living room and put in two window-arch metal doors, which brought in a lot of light, transforming the entire space. Ana Delia also renovated part of my second floor, which included a second fireplace. Specifications were merely photos of fireplaces I liked and both were just perfect, proportionate to the rooms and exactly like the photos.
“The project began in mid-July, and it was completed the following January. I was in San Miguel twice during construction, in mid-September and late October. We always made the best use of our time. Ana Delia took me to tile places, hardware stores, and stonemasons. She knew where to go; she had a process in place. By knowing what I like, she targeted my choices, and decisions were easy.”
Tom Hall and George Xillas
“We interviewed Ana Delia and a number of other people, and we liked her ideas. There was good chemistry from the start, and her cost was in line with what we wanted to spend. What she quoted is what we paid. We made some changes, but she stuck to the budget.
“After completion of a project, some builders disappear, wash their hands. We really liked her attitude. She likes to keep her clients happy. She was always right there to take care of anything. We didn’t really have that many problems, but when we did, Ana Delia came up with a solution that was amenable to us.
“George worked closely with Ana Delia on the design, and they went back and forth to fine tune it. Some people have big egos. Ana Delia does not. She was wonderful. She took us to Queretero and Celaya for hardware and other items. In fact, she took us all over the place. We really liked that.
“Ana Delia has a great cabinet guy. He did all the built-in carpentry in the bedrooms, including a platform bed with drawers underneath and a headboard. We also have an office area with built-ins for computers and clothing. We are very happy with how the work was done. The work in the kitchen was the same, high-quality design.
“We have recommended Ana Delia to our friends. We are one of her best advocates. She probably showed our house 40 times. We talked with her about doing a project in the near future, another balcony.”
Barbara and Lanny Fields
“We met Ana Delia at the recommendation of our real estate agent while looking to purchase a home that needed substantial renovation. During that initial meeting, Ana Delia listened very intently to our wishes and concerns, and also provided very valuable suggestions. Three days later, she presented us with an item-by-item cost estimate that was substantially lower than our expectations, with a written commitment to stay within budget. Although we did not buy that house, we kept Ana in mind.
“A few months later, we purchased land in Colonia San Antonio in San Miguel de Allende and decided to build a house there. We contacted Ana, who invited us to see three houses that she designed and built; all were quite large and each was very different in design, but they all gave us a good idea of the quality of her work and of designs and finishes. We then started the design process, which began with Ana Delia asking us questions about how we wanted to live.
“We told her that we wanted to live on one floor so we could age in place. All doorways had to be large enough to accommodate wheelchairs, if needed, and we also told her what types of rooms we wanted and their approximate sizes, and also which rooms were to open to each other and to corridors and gardens.
“Ana Delia never imposed her views or style on us; rather, she would give her opinion about all of these details and suggest better or more interesting ways of achieving our goals. She then presented us with a brilliant design that reflected a melding of modernity and traditional Mexican design. After many discussions, we came to positive agreement. Once again, during this process she listened better than 95 percent of the people we have known.
“When we got the estimate, we were very impressed with its thoroughness and its cost, which we thought would be twice as high. And, when we asked about possible cost overruns, once again, Ana Delia said, ‘I assume all cost overruns unless we make significant changes in the proposal.’ What impressed us most about Ana Delia was her honesty, design integrity, and her ability to hear what we said, as her clients. The construction was completed in seven months with no glitches: on time and on budget.
“Ana Delia’s warranty is for one year, but even after one year, she has fixed things that needed adjustment. There were never any big problems; only small things, nothing of consequence—I don’t even remember what they were! Oh, yes, after the house was built, the kitchen sink did not get enough hot water, but her plumber fixed it right away.
“The whole house is both elegant and very comfortable. The finishes are meticulously done. I (Barbara) adore my kitchen. It’s exquisite, functional, and works as well for me as it does for caterers. I also love my study with its own private garden. We also got very good value for our project. If we sold it today (two years later), a realtor estimated that it would sell for about 40 percent more than the cost of purchasing the land and building the house.
“Ana Delia is a very professional architect who was wonderful to work with, as were her site managers and workers. We have already recommended her to five or six of our friends—and they still talk to us!”
Kim Johnson and Bryce Nimmo
“In our process to find an architect, we looked up a few online, including Ana Delia. We had a good feeling about her when we met. We found her to be very professional, and right away, she focused in on what we wanted. She took us to see some of her projects and introduced us to about five of her clients. This really helped us to make a decision because we got to see the quality of her work.
“Given that we were living in Canada at that time, we had to go through the design process rather quickly. Essentially, we told her what we wanted, and she drew up some plans. We redrew them, and there was still a bit of tweaking before the build. We then returned to Canada.
“Ana Delia was good about keeping us up to date. The first few months we communicated long distance, and she sent us photos weekly. During the last four months Ana Delia needed us to provide input on finishes. We had a few Skype calls, for example, to provide Ana Delia with direction on the exterior cantera trim. We decided to use PVC windows, and we’re very happy we did that.
“Ana Delia’s maestros are great. When we were in town, we met at the house, and everyone was there. Her follow-up is also very good. She is very prompt in responding, even today.
“Before we decided to build, we looked at resales. We’re in our mid-50s and were retiring on a budget. We found that it was much more economical to build what you want. Our interior designer friend commented on the quality of the construction and the finishes on the walls. She said that all the work is very good quality. If we sold today, we would make money, for sure.
“The target date for completion of the project was mid-August. On July 9 we moved in!
“I love all the natural light in the house, the outdoor garden, the covered terrace, and the one-story living. It’s an open and airy home. We’ve heard stories about other builders that have not been good, but we have recommended Ana Delia to our friends.”
Bill Hendrix and Trey Corp
“Ana Delia did houses for our friends, and we really liked them. Our realtor also recommended her. We were told that she would come in at the price that she quoted, and she did.
“Since I (Bill) am an interior designer, Ana Delia and I worked together to get what I wanted. I worked with a lot of different contractors in the US, on probably hundreds of projects, and Ana Delia stood out. She was very professional, very good to work with. It was a very good experience.
“The ceilings in our living room and dining room get a lot of compliments from our friends. They are two intersecting arches, made of concrete and brick, one of my favorite architectural concepts. You don’t see these in the US.
“There were very few issues that came up, but when an issue arose, Ana Delia jumped right on it. I was really impressed. The quality is there. Ana Delia has a good working knowledge of the building process, and she gets it done. We have recommended her to our friends.”
Naomi and Ali Zerriffi
“Ana Delia was recommended by a real estate agent friend—who had done her research very carefully—so we trusted her opinion. We gave Ana Delia our wish list, and she visited our lot with us. Two days later she showed us a floor plan, which we liked very much.
“Ana Delia has high standards, and her workmanship is well done. We have high quality materials in our house, such as travertine floors, granite countertops in the kitchen, and beautiful custom-wood cabinetry. After the house was completed, we had a young man do work for us—some heavy metal chandeliers—and he was surprised at the quality of the construction of our home.
“We would definitely recommend Ana Delia to our friends. She is so easy to work with—no big ego. We thought her price was very reasonable; her value ratio was excellent. Ana Delia listens carefully to her clients and resolves issues immediately. When something comes up, she’s on the phone, and it’s taken care of, both during the build and once the house is built. Ana Delia really follows up on her guarantee!
“Best of all, Ana Delia was on time and on budget. Her target date to finish our home was April 27. The house was done April 25. The house was then cleaned, and we moved in April 29. This is practically unheard of in this town. Working with Ana Delia was a great experience, and we will remain friends.”
John Schwoebel Testimonial
“We had purchased our home in 2005, but it was claustrophobic and had no view. We wanted a rooftop terrace. We first met with another architect, but did not like the design he provided.
“We admired a terrace in the neighborhood, three doors down from our loggia. It was in line with what we wanted. The owners of this house had used Ana Delia, and they raved about her. We called her and hired her on the spot.
“I’m a graphic designer, and we had built several houses, so we knew what we wanted. We worked together to come up with a design everyone liked. We were among the first of Ana Delia’s clients after she went out on her own.
“After we did the rooftop terrace, we decided that the kitchen was too small, so we moved it to an outdoor area and made the old kitchen into a master bath. Then in 2013 Ana Delia remodeled a guest bath as well as an outdoor sala with a pantry, wine cooler, cabinetry, and fireplace. The project was beyond our expectations.
“We love our stone master shower. It’s beautiful. We also love the marble tub in the guest bath. When Ana Delia remodeled the loggia, she put in a Rumford fireplace, which requires only two feet of depth. She never did this before, and it turned out excellent.
“We had wanted an iron railing on our rooftop terrace, but Ana did not like that idea because it would not have done justice to our colonial home. She said the terrace demanded a cantera balustrade, and she was right!
“Ana Delia was excellent to work with, very easy and very personable. She knows what’s she’s doing. She knows what needs to be done. And, her workers are artists; they know what to do, too.
“There were no major issues during the project. Everything went smoothly. We lived in the house when the work was being done. Her people were very respectful. We’re a gay couple, so Ana Delia spoke with her workers ahead of time to explain that regardless of their personal views, they needed to show respect. Today, Ana Delia is my best friend, and I am also friends with some of her crew.
“We got very good value for our investment, especially compared to what it would have cost in the U.S. Our home is on the market now, and we are hoping that Ana Delia will build our next house.
“We have recommended Ana Delia to our friends. She’s the best architect in San Miguel de Allende.”
''Working with Ana Delia on the remodelling of our home was a great experience. She's a very talented architect, and along with her crew of professional craftsman and artisans, our project turned out better than expected.''
Alexandro and Silvia Hernandez
"When a dream becomes a project begins with words that cause great emotion and joy, a mysterious force makes it volume and shape. Thanks to her talent this was possible. "
Ana has done several projects for me, including new construction and remodeling, all residential. The first project was completed in October 2017, and we are currently working on two more projects that will be finished in Spring 2021.
I decided to work with Ana Delia primarily because she had such a good relationship with her former clients, and they all recommended her highly. They said she was on time and on budget, and that was not feedback I had heard often about other architects and builders in town. It says a lot that she maintains good relationships with her clients. She also has a high retention rate for her construction team, and that also speaks to her professionalism.
Ana Delia does what she says she is going to do and within the budget. There are no surprises. And with architecture/construction, you don’t want any surprises!
When working with Ana Delia, she and I talk about what the project options can be, and then she will present a few rough plans that can fit in the budget. Once we decide which plan to move forward with, we meet several times to refine the plan, to pick out materials, and to design custom workmanship like a railing, a fountain, or a wall. From then on, we are in regular communication about smaller details until the project is complete. After the project is finished, I feel like I can still reach out to her if anything needs to be adjusted.
I travel a lot, and Ana Delia was always very responsive via WhatsApp with questions and updates on the project. In fact, I was working in Thailand throughout most of the construction of the first project, and Ana Delia was able to handle most things with me being remote and making periodic visits. Ana Delia is also very thoughtful about the projects, and you feel like she is absolutely a partner in the process.
When issues arise, I will text or call Ana Delia if there is anything that needs to be fixed, and she will usually send somebody quickly, and most of the time, it is somebody from her team that knows the house well because they helped build it.
When initially comparing prices, Ana Delia was neither the cheapest nor most expensive architect/builder in town. I was looking for something in the middle—not the most low-cost or the most high-end. I had worked with a low-cost builder before meeting Ana Delia, and it was an absolute disaster that ended up costing me more in the end. Ana Delia is a great choice because she gets it right the first time, avoiding future costs.
The first project we worked on actually has a pool on the rooftop, which people are always impressed with. The work inside the house is very clean, and because the footprint is not that big, every inch of the space is utilized to the maximum. It feels much bigger than it actually is. For our next project, we are working on a “surprise” for the rooftop, and I know Ana Delia can deliver on whatever I can dream up!