Not many architecture firms include a quotation from a literary titan on their About page, but for Shapiro and Company, a Henry Miller passage summarizes their creed and mission: “There is the happiness which comes from the creative effort. The joy of dreaming, creating, building …”
With a focus on residential architecture, Brad Shapiro wants to share this joy with his clients as they dream up their future homes. “It’s my expertise and it’s my passion,” said Shapiro. Many of these homeowners are working with an architect for the first time, and part of Shapiro’s service is to guide them through this sometimes overwhelming process.
“As architects, we advise our clients on a whole host of issues – we talk about real estate, contractors, finances. I’m not an expert on every aspect, but I know who is.”
Traditionally, owners of a custom-built home take out a short-term loan to finance construction. Once building is complete, the bank converts that loan to a traditional mortgage. Shapiro has walked many owners through this process and recently experienced it first-hand as well.
“I built a house last year and did the financing through Financial Federal. Working with John Summers and his team was so easy. From a personal standpoint, it’s usually stressful, but working with Financial Federal on my own loans has been very, very easy. What I’m usually stressed about ended up not being stressful at all.”
Making things simple for customers is a tactic the firm values. Homeowner Laura Solomon echoed this response when asked about working with Shapiro: “We were novices, since this was the first house we had built, and Brad was so great about listening to our ideas and making it easier for us.”
Although they maintain offices in Memphis and Nashville and work nationwide, Shapiro and Company clearly strives to provide personal, local service with a creative flair.
For more information on Shapiro and Company's project, contact John Summers.