He’s open minded, down to earth and when it comes to discussing plans and layouts and he isn’t too precious – there’s no ego. He is also very good at listening and coming up with creative solutions. He gets the grasp of what you’re saying, takes it on board and works with it.
James and the Solari team have been working with me on the Sharella Nouveau Development. This is a multi-unit development comprised of townhouses and apartments with the intention to be held as an investment for short and long-term accommodation.
I wanted the Sharella to have a more edgy and industrial interior. James has been exceptional at designing this and has not only delivered a design that fits the brief but a project that meets the budget – something that is usually very difficult to achieve. I put this down to the fact that James takes into account potential bill costs when designing your project and always finds a balance between look, style and budget. He is always thinking investment, which is an asset in itself.
All projects have their challenges along the way. Working in with the Wellington City Council, who can be extremely difficult, and cutting through all the bureaucracy has been my biggest challenge. However, James is a fantastic communicator and has been incredibly beneficial when dealing with the WCC and working through consent issues. He understands your project fully and is able to bat for you.
From an urban design perspective the work of James and the Solari Architects team always gets really good feedback. How a project is designed is a critical part of the resource consent process. James’ experience working with large projects overseas really shows in this area. James is also very good at sorting out issues on sight as they arise. He is intuitive and quick to respond so no time is wasted waiting – this is very important, as delays can be incredibly costly.
A project’s success largely comes down to communication and relationships between everyone involved in the project. James is personable and as mentioned before, a very good communicator. He is fantastic at consulting with other contractors and consultants during the process. Usually builders aren’t fans of architects but James is respected by and has a good rapport with contractors on site. So much so, he runs/chairs the fortnightly site meetings.
Overall, James and the team at Solari Architects are smart, personable and talented people. And when you compare the service they provide at comparable standards with other firms they are great value for money and have absolutely exceeded my expectations. Having worked with James previously I knew what I was getting myself into with this project and it’s fantastic to see he works to the same standard as always. Without hesitation I would recommend getting Solari Architects involved with your next project – they are currently working on my next development Vedado on Hopper Street which has similar intentions and objectives to the Sharella Nouveau development.