Testimonials

“We could not be happier with our new home! From foundation to fine details Doug delivered us a home that is totally functional yet absolutely beautiful. We are still discovering some of the finer subtle details that were elegantly built into his design. In fact, the house is so authentically built to similar style homes of the 1920’s that guests have trouble understanding how it could possibly be new construction. We appreciate Douglas VanderHorn Architects for designing such a great house and for leading us through a fun building process.”

David and Sheryl Sorbaro, Client

We started working with Doug last fall on a sizable addition to our home; construction will begin in a few months. Prior to hiring Doug, we engaged the services of several other well-known architects during the schematic design phase. None of their designs accomplished what we wanted. Not only was Doug's design the most logical, functional and creative, but the most beautiful. He created a seamless integration of the old and the new. Doug listens, he solves problems and collaborates. It has a been a great pleasure working with him and his team this past year.

Debra Shore, Client

“My husband and I have worked with Doug on many projects, large and small, over the years. Doug handles all with vision, creativity and gracious good humor. From our Georgian Greenwich house to our Art Deco-inspired city place, we have been thrilled with Doug’s ability to work in multiple residential styles. We highly recommend Doug VanderHorn and only hope that we have many more opportunities to work with him again in the future.”

Deborah and Chuck Royce, Client

“Douglas Vanderhorn Architects delivered on our dream home. It was a joy to see their drawings come to life. Their attention to proportion and flow makes their project a wonderful place to entertain and raise a family. Doug and his team did a terrific job at managing our project throughout the process (from obtaining the permits to the final punch list). They helped us navigate the wide range of decisions required. We are so pleased with the end result!”

Mary Beth and Justin Livengood, Client

We sought Doug and his team to help with our new home design after seeing his work in publications and online. The design was conceived with the intention and eye toward building a home that belonged in and looked like it had resided in our neighborhood for a long time while still being current, attractive and special. The result was beyond our highest expectations; the beauty and detail on the exterior and interior finishes are truly stunning. This was our fourth large renovation as a family and by far the best experience and best final product.

Eliza Bock, Client

“Doug brought fresh, creative and improved ideas to the table for my 1846 Greek Revival home renovation. He is easy to work with and very realistic in his suggestions. I could not recommend him more highly!”

Debbie Reynolds, Client

“Having dealt with five different architects from building/remodeling homes from Santa Barbara, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Vail, CO, Guilford, CT and Greenwich, CT, I can truly say that I have never dealt with a more humanized, personable and talented architect than Doug VanderHorn. Doug listened to what we wanted and gave us that and more. He also was conscious of price and would get us the quality and workmanship we wanted to have at reasonable prices. With Doug and his creative team behind him, we were able to accomplish our latest dream home. Thank you Doug!”

Helen Maher, Client

“Brilliant design Doug! From the scale to the floor plan program to the aesthetic beauty outside and inside. Tremendous quality in the visual design and materials.”

New Waterfront Home Client

“I would say that the most important quality in our working relationship was Doug VanderHorn’s ability to discuss and understand our vision. He listened, discussed and interpreted that vision correctly, worked tirelessly to achieve the level of finish and detail which we demand, and always rose to the occasion to make those changes/deletions and additions as the architectural and building process unfolds. Working with Douglas VanderHorn Architects was a dream and a joy which we will miss…until I can find our next project!”

Lucy Glasebrook, Client

“Douglas VanderHorn Architects transformed our old estate home into truly one of the new ‘great estates of Greenwich’. Their design aesthetics on every detail is superb.”

Jeffrey Larsen, Client

“Douglas VanderHorn Architects took our somewhat incomplete ideas and turned them into a breathtaking exterior. And then they designed the interior- a thing of beauty.”

Daniel and Jennifer Gressel, Client

“Douglas VanderHorn is at the top of his field. His vision incorporates great precision, practicality, imagination and artistry in a way that is extraordinary. Doug can communicate his vision to contractor and client alike with the ultimate product - a masterpiece that delights the owner with unanticipated vignettes of interior and exterior beauty at every turn. Douglas VanderHorn Architects is unparalleled in its assimilation of years of experience and professional knowledge with innovative thinking and cutting-edge technology.”

Rob Fischetti

“Doug VanderHorn is a truly talented architect and an absolute pleasure to work with. He has the ability to read his clients by translating their dreams and needs into not only a functional space, but a gorgeous one as well.”

Cindy Rinfret, Interior Designer

Our firms have collaborated on projects over the years and we are currently working together on a new house in Rye, NY. The classic architectural design sets a standard for the entire project and the collaborative effort is seamless. Doug and his team are great client advocates and the attention to detail elevates all of our work. It is always a pleasure to work with Douglas VanderHorn Architects.

James Doyle, Doyle Herman Design Associates

Every design professional should be so fortunate as to collaborate with a firm as talented and professional as Douglas VanderHorn Architects. Creating a home for clients is a balancing act of numerous factors and requires stamina for the many levels of detail inherent in the design process. Doug and his team are interested in new or different ideas from others while contributing their extensive experience and expertise. It is simply a pleasure to work with a firm that embraces the challenge of working as a group to create a stunning end result for the client.

Tamara Kilmurray, Tamara K Designs

Working with Doug and his team of talented architects has been a pleasure. Their attention to detail, open lines of communication & team approach to every aspect of the project make for a successful completion and a very happy client. We would highly recommend any client looking for an architect to portray the vision and incorporate the best project team to fill the clients goals meet with Doug first.

Christopher Quinn, Ben Krupinski General Contracting

“As a high end custom home builder I have worked with many of the most highly regarded Architects in CT & NY. Without pause, I feel inclined to say that Douglas VanderHorn Architects is one of the finest firms on the East Coast. Doug and his staff often go well beyond the traditional roll of architects. Plans and specifications are detailed and precise which helps solicit accurate subcontractor bids and greatly diminishes change orders. Doug’s passion and eye for traditional architecture gives rise to a timeless end product that stands apart from those that rely on trend. To anyone considering an architect, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not including Douglas VanderHorn Architects on your interview list.”

Matt Matthews, Significant Homes LLC

We have known Doug for many years, and are currently collaborating on a fantastic waterfront project in Greenwich. Doug and his professional team are highly adept designers and terrific with client interface, while also having a deep functional knowledge of construction, and the wherewithal of navigating regulatory environments to bring projects to beautiful built fruition. We would highly recommend Doug to any prospective client, and always look forward to working with him and his talented team.

Wesley Stout Associates

“Working with Doug and his team is an experience of the highest level of professionalism and perfectionism. They are thoughtful of your time and will always go above and beyond to ensure a positive outcome. We have enjoyed working with Doug and his firm for 13 years now and look forward to many more.”

Artistic Windows & Doors

“We have known and worked with Douglas VanderHorn for 15+ years. We have found their designs to be excellent in every way. Working on a project with VanderHorn Architects ensures that the job will be run smoothly and efficiently. Their team is fully involved in each project from design to completion. Their attention to detail is impeccable in every way. They listen carefully to recommendations and suggestions, and work well with their subcontractors. We are always thrilled to have the opportunity to work with them.”

Innerspace Electronics, Inc.

“Douglas VanderHorn’s work displays a great sense of history, detail, imagination, and historical correctness while at the same time creating “a classic for our modern age.” He is as well versed in classical design as in modern technology and materials, and can deftly tackle a project of major significance. A gentleman, a team player and pleasure to work with. I would look no further than his office to create and deliver a ‘dream home’.”

Shelley Morris, Shelley Morris Interiors

“As a custom millwork fabricator I have worked with Doug and his exceptional team from a single bathroom remodel to complete home installs. His detailed yet realistic approach to architecture and his entire team’s accessibility make Douglas VanderHorn Architects projects some of the most desirable to be awarded in this area.”

Frank Lisi, Greenfield Mill

“We have had a working relationship with Doug VanderHorn for 20 years. His attention to detail and architectural knowledge allow us to provide the customer with a superior level of craftsmanship. The drawings that come from his office are clear, concise and architecturally correct. Any questions and requests we have are answered promptly, enabling us to deliver and install our millwork in a timely fashion. It has always been a pleasure to work with Doug.”

Doug Crane, Crane Woodworking

“I have consulted with Doug and his associates for almost 15 years and have enjoyed working with them on a number of projects during this time. I would be remiss if I did not mention the fact that there is a certain level of pride I feel when the Marvin window products I represent are so elegantly featured in their residences. Mr. VanderHorn has also been gracious with his time and expertise on design issues that pertain to architectural fenestration. I look forward to more opportunities to work with Doug and his staff in the future.”

Dave LoCascio, A.W. Hastings & Co.

“We have known and worked with Doug VanderHorn for the past twenty years. He has an extensive building background and knowledge, and is very hands-on with every project. His drawings are extremely detailed and complete which only makes our job easier. His firm is cordial and pleasant, and we enjoy working with all of his project architects. We will continue our working relationship together for many more years to come…”

Cornerstone Builders

“Davenport Contracting is always happy to work with the firm of Douglas VanderHorn Architects. Doug and his team have continuously provided outstanding architectural design services to both clients and to the contractor building the project. Davenport has worked with Doug on a number of successful projects. We have found the firm to take a very professional approach and always represents the client’s interest in providing the best solutions in the building process. As builders of high-end projects, we are always happy to work on a team when the architecture is well thought out, exceptional and complete. Douglas VanderHorn Architects is a fine example of these qualities.”

Davenport Contracting

“Encon has provided design-build HVAC services for many of the magnificent homes produced by Douglas VanderHorn over the past two decades. Doug and his team are true professionals that bring a combination of creativity and construction expertise to their projects. They are actively involved with many of the important construction details to ensure the overall quality and functionality of the home. We are proud to be associated with Douglas VanderHorn Architects and I would highly recommend them to anyone considering the construction or renovation of a high-quality home.”

Bill Valus, Encon HVAC

“Douglas VanderHorn and his team are amazing to work with. They take pride in their craft of architecture and their work is done phenomenally; his projects are always completed in a timely and professional manner. Our company has enjoyed working with Doug for many years now and we look forward to working with him for many more to come.”

Fordham Marble

“As an architectural lighting designer specializing in high end residential work I am privileged to work on some of the areas finest homes with the finest architects. I rank Doug VanderHorn and his firm amongst the very best in the industry. Doug’s firm produces beautifully detailed documentation, has great command over all subjects architectural and they are very, very easy (and professional) to work with. Every time I get the opportunity to work on a project with them I know my efforts will be respected and successfully integrated into a beautiful home for the client.”

Gary Novasel, Patdo Light Studio

Awards

Top 50 Coastal Architects Of 2017

Winner, “Ocean Home Magazine”

2017 ATHOME A-LIST AWARD

Winner, “Traditional Architecture Over 7,000 Sq. Ft.”

Waterfront French Eclectic
2017 ATHOME A-LIST AWARD

Finalist, “Living Space”

Waterfront French Eclectic
2017 ATHOME A-LIST AWARD

Finalist, “Pool House”

Colonial Revival Pool House
2017 AIA ALICE WASHBURN AWARD

Honorable Mention, “Accessory Building”

Colonial Revival Pool House
2017 AIA ALICE WASHBURN AWARD

Citation, “New Construction”

Waterfront French Eclectic
2017 CT C&G INNOVATION IN DESIGN AWARDS

Winner, 3rd Place, “Small Spaces”

Colonial Revival Pool House
2016 HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT AWARD

Winner, “Outstanding Spec Home: $8 to $10 Million”

Greenwich Normandy
2016 ATHOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Finalist, “Traditional Architecture > 7,000 sf”

North Country Colonial
2016 ATHOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Finalist, “Renovation”

Indian Head Waterfront
2016 ATHOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Finalist, “Poolhouse”

Mid-Country Tudor Pool House
2016 ATHOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Finalist, “Bath Design”

North Country Colonial
2016 SERENDIPITY DESIGN MARKET DIGEST

Honoree, “2016 DMD”

BEST OF HOUZZ 2016

Winner, “Design”

LUXE INTERIORS + DESIGN

2016 Gold List, “2016 Gold List”

Classic Georgian
AIA NEW ENGLAND

2015 People's Choice Award, “The Place in Which I'd Most Like to Play”

Georgian Pool House
2015 NEW ENGLAND DESIGN HALL OF FAME

Douglas VanderHorn, “Inductee”

2015 ATHOME A-LIST AWARD

Winner, “Architecture Greater Than 7,000 Square Feet”

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
2015 BRICK INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S BRICK IN ARCHITECTURE AWARD

Winner, “Bronze Award”

Georgian Pool House
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2015 AIA CT ALICE WASHBURN AWARD

Winner, “House Award”

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
2015 CTC&G INNOVATION IN DESIGN AWARDS

Innovator Award Winner, “Architecture ”

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
2015 BEST OF HOUZZ

Winner, “Design”

2015 BEST OF HOUZZ

Winner, “Service”

2014 HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT AWARD

Winner, “Best Library”

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
2014 HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT AWARD

Winner, “Best Home Technology”

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
2014 HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT AWARD

Winner, “Best Pantry”

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
2014 HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT AWARD

Winner, “Best Outdoor Room”

Georgian Pool House
2014 HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT AWARD

Winner, “Best Custom Home 10,000- 12,000 sf”

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
2014 HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT AWARD

Winner, “Outstanding Special Purpose Room”

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
2014 HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT AWARD

Winner, “Outstanding Special Purpose Room”

Mid-Country Tudor Pool House
2014 HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT AWARD

Winner, “Best Custom Home 9,000- 10,000 sf”

Mid-Country Tudor
2014 AT HOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS 2014

Finalist, “Pool House”

Georgian Pool House
2014 BRICK INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S BRICK IN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

Bronze Award, “Residential-Single Family”

Classic Georgian
2014 CT C&G INNOVATION AND DESIGN AWARDS

Innovator Award, Architecture, “New English Tudor Residence”

Mid-Country Tudor
2014 WATERMARK AWARDS

Grand Award, “Bath in a Classical Revival Residence”

North Country Colonial
2014 CT C&G INNOVATION AND DESIGN AWARDS

Finalist, Kitchen, “Kitchen in a New English Tudor Residence”

Mid-Country Tudor
2013 AT HOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Finalist, “Architecture Greater than 7,000 sq. ft.”

Classic Georgian
2012 AT HOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Finalist, “Kids’ Space”

Mid-Country Tudor
2012 AT HOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Winner, “Traditional Architecture Over 7,000 sq. ft.”

French Country Estate
2012 AT HOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Finalist, “Best Renovation”

French Country Estate
2012 AT HOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Finalist, “Historic Home Renovation”

Historic Colonial
2012 BRICK INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S BRICK IN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

Silver Award, “Paving & Landscape Architecture”

French Country Estate
2012 WATERMARK AWARDS

Merit Award, “Kitchen in a Remodeled Home, Over 3,000 sq. ft.”

North Country Colonial
2012 BRICK INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION’S BRICK IN ARCHITECTURE AWARDS

Bronze Award, “Residential – Single Family”

French Country Estate
2011 AIA CONNECTICUT ALICE WASHBURN AWARDS

Winner, “Accessory Building”

English Tudor Pool House
2011 AT HOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Finalist, “Best Architecture Over 7,000 S.F.”

Waterfront French Normandy
2010 AT HOME MAGAZINE’S A-LIST AWARDS

Finalist, “Bath Design”

Greenwich Georgian
2007 HOBI AWARDS HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT

Winner, “Best Residential Remodel Over $4 Million”

French Country Estate
2005 HOBI AWARDS HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION OF CONNECTICUT

Best Antique Home Restoration Over $1 Million, “Winner”

2003 AIA CONNECTICUT 2003 ALICE WASHBURN AWARDS

“Honorable Mention”

Greenwich Georgian

Press

Greenwich Magazine

Home Base, Fall 2017

atHome Magazine

Class Act, July/August 2017

Greenwich Normandy
New England Home

Five Questions, Winter 2017

English Cottage Outdoor Space
Greenwich Magazine

Classic Style, August 2016

atHome Magazine

Before & After, July/August 2016

French Country Estate
Serendipity

Design Market Digest, May 2016

Greenwich Time

Award-Winning Architect Focuses on Details, Ecology, May 2016

Serepdipity

A Room of One's Own, April 2016

Luxe Interiors and Design

The 2016 Gold List, Jan/Feb 2016

New England Home

The New England Design Hall of Fame Awards and Gala 2015, Winter 2016

New England Home

2015 New England Design Hall of Fame, Winter 2016

At Home Magazine

A-List Awards 2015, Winter 2015/2016

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
New England Home

Trade Notes, Fall 2015

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
Greenwich Magazine

Built to Last, October 2015

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
Connecticut Magazine

Alice Washburn Awards 2015, July 2015

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

Innovation in Design Awards, July/August 2015

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
At Home Magazine

Designer Insight, May/June 2015

Luxe Interiors & Design

History Revived: Living Room, Spring 2015

Mid-Country Tudor
Serendipity

Design Market Symposium, April 2015

Luxe Interiors & Design

Past Perfect, Spring 2015

Classic Georgian
New England Home

The 2014 Home Building Industry Awards, Winter 2015

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
House Beautiful Magazine

The Timeless Appeal of Blue and White, September 2014

Greenwich Waterfront Shingle
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

Innovation in Design Awards, July/August 2014

Mid-Country Tudor
East Coast Home and Design Magazine

Amazing Transformations, September 2013

Greenwich Magazine

Classic and Clean, August 2014

North Country Colonial
Builder Magazine

2014 Watermark Awards, June 2014

North Country Colonial
At Home Magazine

Designer Insight, May/June 2014

New England Home

Inspired Renovations, Winter 2014

Indian Head Waterfront
New England Home

Family First, Summer 2011

East Coast Home and Design

An Inspired Blend, September 2013

North Country Colonial
At Home

French Classic, Winter 2013

French Country Estate
Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

Barn of Ages, March 2013

Rustic Barn
New American Luxury

Tudor 2.0, December 2012

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

Power Play, April 2012

Connecticut Cottages & Gardens

Innovation in Design Awards, July/August 2010

North Country Colonial
Greenwich Magazine

Elegance in Full Bloom, May 2010