Dear John:

Wilder Balter Partners and our construction company, Griffon Associates, has worked with your firm for more than five years. We, like you, are always busy, so I wanted to take a moment to write to you to thank you for the years of high quality work that you have provided to WBP on a myriad of communities.

We have chosen to use your firm instead of doing the work with an in-house architect because you have such a broader exposure to the market and therefore a better sense of what the market wants than we do. We are proud of the communities that you designed and we built. They are really just better than the competition. In these trying economic times, good architecture sets us apart and gives us a marketing advantage.

Fortunately, in addition to having a good sense of what sells, you also are a “builder’s architect” because your designs are efficient and well thought out, which results in a beautiful and marketable design that is also cost efficient to construct.

While we look forward to doing many future projects with your firm, I thought it important to take a minute now to thank you for what you have brought to WBP. Your firm is a pleasure to work with and we look forward to a profitable relationship both companies in the future.


William G. Balter, President

Dear John:

It was about 15 years ago when I read a NY Times article describing in some detail the creative solutions that you brought to a Westchester project being built while dealing with unique topographical challenges. As I recall, that article encouraged me to reach out and contact you and see if there is a way for us to add the Karhu Architectural talent as an added value to our development team. Ever since that time it has proven to be one of the better pieces I ever came across while reading the NY Times.

John, it has been a true pleasure working with you, your creative talents, your ability to provide the best aesthetical presentation to what would otherwise be nothing but a mundane structure.

Your vision and ability to design living quarters in a most useful way while preserving an attractive and eye pleasing appearances, has certainly translated directly into a substantial added value to our projects of which you became a part of.

To top it all up, when it came to picking a firm which I would want to have as the architect for my own family residence, it was the Karhu firm that we picked.

John - Thank you so much and please keep up the great work and go on re-inventing and out doing yourself, as you have always done sosuccessfully.

Nir Avrahami, President

Metro U.S. Management Corp.

I have been working with John Karhu for many years. John is one of the most talented architects for those of us who are looking for more than a rectangular box. His designs create interesting exteriors and interiors that are adored by our purchasers. Working together, John and I created multi-million dollar home designs that we build and sold over the past 15 years.

I think the care and thoughtfulness that goes into his designs show best when customers fall in love with his designs. It is the uniqueness of the homes that make him a valuable designer of new homes, not just to us, but to the buyers of his designs.

The house proportion and massing create great curb appeal; and the angles of his roofs create charm.

I highly recommend John and his work

Douglas Smolev, President

DDG Realty, LLC

I have had the pleasure of working with John Karhu since 1996. During this time, we have contracted with John to produce a variety of architectural work on major construction projects in the greater New York metropolitan area.

His work has included design and working drawings for single family homes, semi attached and attached townhouses, 4 to 7 story midrise buildings, and major building renovation projects.

We have developed a strong working relationship with John based on his overall work performance, including design, land planning, code compliance, structural integrity, and the timely delivery of working drawings.

John’s creative ability has encompassed over 100 unique floor plans with a wide variety of exterior styles. We would highly recommend John Karhu to any client from the individual home owner to major development firms.

William Riehl, President

Warjam Group, Ltd.

I've had the pleasure of knowing John Karhu professionally and personally for more than 20 years. We've worked closely together on many of Ginsburg Development Corp's (GDC's) most successful residential and mixed use communities including townhome and midrise projects in waterfront, urban and suburban settings. John is a unique architect who has mastered the skills of both site and architectural design. In addition, his extensive technical knowledge enables him to design highly marketable projects that can be readily constructed at reasonable costs. He will be a tremendous asset to any development team."

Bruce R. Lozitio, AICP, ESQ.