My wife and I contracted with Mike Rust for the design of a custom home in Ohio. Mike visited the building site with us. We discussed the spaces desired and provided him with some pictures of exterior and interior elements we liked from other houses. After that, Mike completed the entire design process from his office in Arizona. Mike developed an initial design based on the room sizes, etc. that we initially discussed. His understanding of how the various interior spaces flow together and how to bring nature inside was amazing. Mike listened to our vision and crafted that into the design of a home displaying true genius. As the design process progressed, we e-mailed drawings and markups back and forth. He made changes to the design based on our feedback, while at the same providing suggestions on materials from his experience. Mike was readily available throughout the entire design by email and by phone, even on the weekends. During the process, he provided computer-generated renderings that showed various perspectives of the interior and exterior of our design.

These tools helped us in translating the two-dimensional blueprints into a three-dimensional view. He continued to listen to our wants throughout the entire process and modified the design based on our feedback. We contracted with him to design the entire house including a custom dining room set, chairs, bar stools, and bedroom furniture. The continuity of the interior and exterior elements along with the originality of the design was superb.

Mike’s training and years of experience were evident in his work. We contracted with a structural and civil engineer to work on the project and Mike communicated directly with them based on our agreement. Mike coordinated the drawings and produced a final set for us to provide to the contractor.

We are currently awaiting pricing from our contractor and hope to start construction in the spring. We cannot stress enough that Mike’s commitment to the project was outstanding. We could not have been happier with our choice to work with someone as talented, dedicated, responsive, visionary, and thoughtful as Mike Rust.

Kevin Lacey