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Lori Burgans

Amanda (A.J.) Szamatowicz

David Spoolstra

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14795 W 101st Ave. Suite C  Dyer, IN 46311

“Enthusiasm & patience is unmatched”

When we first met A.J. she assured my wife & I that picking out flooring, cabinets, layout, paint colors, appliances etc., etc., would be fun. I was very skeptical. Well it turned out A.J. was right. She guided us along & made the process much easier than we expected. Her enthusiasm & patience is unmatched. She always assured us it would work out even when we had doubts. She knew that we wanted, guided us & kept us on track to that end goal. You would be privileged to work with her on your home design.

Ed & Sue- St. John, IN

“We would do absolutely nothing different – not one thing.”

My husband and I worked with A.J. to revamp our outdated (circa 1982) kitchen in a very unique house, with paneled vaulted ceilings and a very unusual layout – with the kitchen at the heart of our living space in the upper level of a bi-level house.

Before A.J., we hired two other designers and after a couple of meetings with each of them, we walked away rather disappointed. When A.J. saw the pictures of our old kitchen, we saw a sparkle in her eye and we knew then she LOVED the challenge! She was the first one to say that considering the layout and location, she needed to come out to see the “big picture.”

We told A.J. we wanted a “WOW” effect, and she completely understood. Her first draft was almost perfect, but over the next couple of months, we spent substantial time with A.J. (who never complained about us taking too much of her time) to fine-tune our visions of the “WOW.” A.J. was very good at listening to our needs and wants, very flexible and very open to even the smallest tweaks; she was patient, creative, and we felt like we knew each other pretty well after the project was completed. She is incredibly talented AND driven.

It is thanks to A.J. that we got our “WOW” effect, and it is a big “WOW.” We have an absolutely beautiful kitchen and an absolutely beautiful living space. Our entire house has changed, and A.J. gets full credit for it. The most beautiful thing about this whole experience was the fact that even after 8 months since the project has been completed, we would do absolutely nothing different – not one thing. And this includes our choice of the designer. Thanks, A.J.!

David & Kasia – Munster, IN

“Our home is even more beautiful than I imagined”

All I can say is WOW! Our home is even more beautiful than I imagined. You won’t be disappointed with the quality of their work. Dave and Lori are a pleasure to work with. Thank you Dutch Mill for creating our dream home.

-JoAnna – St. John, IN

“worked well within our timeline & budget”

Amanda was recommended to us by the contractor who was doing work at our home. My wife and I couldn’t be happier with her finished product. She listened to our ideas and discussed thoughts of her own. She helped with picking out tile, furniture shopping, room layouts, floor coverings and the finishing decorating items which pulled the entire project together for a beautiful yet usable finished product. Amanda was very good at reconciling diverse opinions between my wife and I as well as making suggestions when we were at a loss for ideas. Amanda worked very well within our timeline and budget. She also coordinated well with our contractor. We recommend Amanda and her firm very highly!

Frank & Chris – South Holland, IL

“Creative vision and drive to exceed client’s expectations”

It’s hard to do justice to the work A.J. does. Having worked with A.J. Szam Designs on a number of jobs, I am always impressed by both her creative vision and her drive to exceed her clients’ expectations. Perhaps the best compliment I can give her is that regardless of the scale or budget of the project, A.J. works just as hard on remodeling a shower as she does designing and decorating an entire house.

She combines an artist’s eye for aesthetics with a designer’s appreciation for functionality, and the end result is nothing short of spectacular. Too many designers only care about pushing whatever is ‘hot’ at the moment, but A.J.’s designs marry cutting-edge innovation with a timeless appeal that will be as relevant and breathtaking ten years down the road as it is today. Her attention to detail is amazing, and her years of networking with and working alongside contractors and suppliers enable her to guide her clients though every step of the process, and to ensure the quality of the labor and the materials are always up to her standards. If you choose to work with A.J. Szam Designs, I can promise you will be happy you did.

Jared & Julie – Munster, IN

“incredible to work with”

Amanda with A.J. Szam Designs has been absolutely incredible to work with. We have a major remodeling project underway and she has made this entire process so much better. There have been so many things along the way that started to seem overwhelming, and Amanda has always stepped in with answers and solutions. She is very knowledgeable in all areas of design and construction. She has been patient and worked tirelessly to ensure that the plans she designs for us, not only suit our specific needs, but that we are completely happy with all aspects. I cannot recommend her highly enough!

Jennifer – Cedar Lake, IN


My husband and I were planning a future project to build a new home. We were working with a General Contractor on home plans, but needed assistance with re-designing the plans to fit our specific needs. Amanda was recommended to us and she was Wonderful! She really listened to what we were looking for and came up with great ideas for our plans, always making sure that any changes were within our budget. She even met with our GC to discuss and make sure all the bases were covered. We love her design taste and style and plan on utilizing her in the near future when we are ready to put our plans to action.

-Jerry & Ginger- Monee, IL

“Amazing feels like an understatement!”

Amazing feels like an understatement! I just moved into my house and was completely lost with what to do. Amanda drew up designs for my living room and dining room that I never could have imagined. I had no idea what to do or even where to start with the space I had, any idea I did come up with felt generic or an already been done feel. Amanda was able to show how easy it was to add storage space while still keeping it practical. She has a true passion for her work and takes pride in the results and happiness of the customer.

Kevin – Crown Point, IN

“conscientious, professional, easy to work with & easily accessible”

Working with A.J. was a pleasure. She is conscientious, professional, easy to work with, and easily accessible. We worked with her before on our kitchen project, and were delighted when we were able to find her again for our bathroom remodel. She helped us envision our 2 bathroom projects, brought us ideas, and followed up on our materials. Through no fault of hers, the cabinet doors we ordered did not meet our expectations. Amanda was right on it…contacted the cabinet maker, and followed through until the new cabinet doors arrived on our doorstep. Amanda is a true professional. We would without hesitation, highly recommend her.

Lyn & Jim – Schererville, IN

“Very approachable and professional”

Working with Amanda was a great experience. She was so helpful and qualified. Any questions or concerns about our building project she would always have an answer for me. Amanda made the whole building experience go so much smoother and quicker. I would definitely recommend her. Also, she was very approachable and professional. Honestly gonna miss having my Starbucks with her. She is the best!!

Sheila- Crown Point, IN

“Thank you for making our dream home a reality.”

Dear Lori & Dave,

Thank you for making our Dream Home a reality.

Your attention to details made all the difference. We could not have ever put all the pieces together without you. When we first met with you, we knew you were the ones to handle this project. We had a vision of what we were looking for in a home and you guided us through the many steps. From the first drafts to breaking ground to choosing every detail: too many decisions to even comprehend. Your ideas for the stone, the granite, the fixtures, the colors; Lori, you are an artist and each home is your palette.

We would also like to add that your crews, the framing team, Decor Tile, etc. they were outstanding. We loved working with them.

Not many people are happy after the process of building. We are extremely happy. This would not have been possible had we not made the right decision to work with you. It is with gratitude that our good friends recommended you. Also, seeing a Dutch Mill Home alongside others in The Parade of Homes and other Open Houses: no comparison as to who had the better home.

While this thank you is long overdue, our feelings have not wavered. We are thrilled with our new home.

With Love and Thanks,

Diane and Marijo – Crown Point, IN

“With Homes By Dutch Mill, you truly get what you want.”

We built our home with Dutch Mill due to their reputation and quality workmanship. That was the easiest decision and by far the best decision that we could have made. We absolutely love our home and so does everyone who comes to visit. The continuous compliments from others verifies our decision to build with Homes By Dutch Mill.

Lori Burgans is an accomplished Design Specialist who was patient, kind, and above all knowledgeable and open-minded to our likes and dislikes in a home. She had an eye for detail and the budget friendly outlook gave us the peace of mind needed to commit to building our dream home. Many family members were less than supportive cautioning us to hidden costs, allowances, and “headaches” that are entailed in building. There were no hidden costs and Dutch Mill far exceeded our expectations and wildest dreams from start to finish.

Each craftsman that made our house come to life treated us with respect, dignity, and kept an open line of communication with us on site throughout the build. With Dutch Mill you truly get what you want, as there is nothing standard or cookie cutter about our home. SERIOUSLY, we have house stalkers!

Susan & John – Schererville, IN

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