Our Clients

Architectural Restorations have served dozens of clients in the La Crosse area. Our client base has almost exclusively expanded due to referrals from existing customers. Our reputation and relationship with our clients determines our continued success. Refer to the testimonials below for information relarding our client’s experience with Architectural Restorations:

“We have used Architectural Restorations for several projects around our 1928 Colonial. Karl is dedicated to restoring our home and was able to save original features that other builders would simply throw out and replace with imitation products. Our favorite project was the restoration of our portico. The paint was chipping, the wood columns were rotting. It now looks fabulous and we didn’t have to replace any of the original wood.

I would highly recommend Karl and Architectural Restorations to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, dedicated and skilled professional. Karl was great to work with and we look forward to completing more projects with him in the future.”

Patty McNamara


“After obtaining several bids to, mainly, paint the exterior of our house and to re-build our front steps and to replace a rotten beam on our rear porch, we hired Architectural Restorations. They had been recommended to us by our neighbor. We’ve lived in our home for 34 years and have had it painted three times in the past.

We found Architectural Restorations to be extremely professional and thorough. In my mind the most important part of a painting project is the surface preparation itself. Karl did an excellent job in that regard, far better than had been done in the past. I thoroughly expect the paint to last a long time and to look just as good years from now as it does today. They cleaned up the area at the end of each work day and took great pains not to damage any of our shrubs or plants. Karl even pointed out to me where the roofers has installed a new roof three years ago and had done an inferior job with some flashing. He repaired that area for us.

I feel very comfortable with the honesty, quality of workmanship and professionalism of Karl and his crew.”

Confidential Client


“Restoring our 1890’s Craftsman style home has been very challenging. Projects the we lived with for decades were never completed, as we could not find a contractor that was interested or qualified to tackle the job. When talking to a contractor, we always felt we had to apologize for the age of the house. “”They don’t build houses like this anymore…”” is a double edged sword!

Once we started working with Architectural Restorations, our project list has dwindled. Karl has completed multiple projects on our main floor ranging from complete restoration of our staircase and fireplace, to repair and restoration of pocket doors, and door hardware. Karl’s resources and knowledge are amazing.

We are definitely looking forward to working with Karl as we move on to the second floor and exterior projects. Karl has not only restored our home, but our faith in local craftsmanship.”

Joe and Julie Besl


Architectural Restorations has done several jobs on our 80+ year old home. The first, and largest project was repainting the exterior of this 2-story, 3500 square ft. stucco house. After obtaining several quotes, we were impressed with the detail in AR‘s bid, with plans to ensure that every surface was in top shape before painting over it. While theirs wasn’t the lowest price, there was obviously a lot more work involved in their plan, which we could see would give us the result we wanted.

Once we awarded them the job, they researched the best painting and preparing methods for the very old stucco and proceeded to patch and repair every crack and imperfection before even opening a paint can. At the end of every day, all of their materials were picked up and neatly stored at the back of the house, so we never had a big mess to deal with.

We were extremely pleased with the quality and detail of the work and the final outcome surpassed our expectations. We have since hired them for several smaller projects, which have been done with the same care and attention, with amazing results.

Ken and Kathleen Hansen.




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