Testimonials

Peter and Nicola

We have recently completed two beautiful 4 bedroomed,3.5 bath homes in St.Albans, working together with Craig and Anna South.

Our relationship with South Architects began over 3 years ago, when our plan was to construct a large family home bespoke to our own family needs.

Craig and his team were very attentive to the idea of designing a home to love and fulfil all of our requirements. However our plans changed dramatically and we choose to move to Wellington.

Plan A ,drawings and engineering complete was abandoned but the relationship with Craig only grew stronger.

We decided that a total review of the site was needed at Chapter Street. Craig drafted new plans to show that we could actually divide the site and construct two lovely homes that actually whilst different, complimented each other.

Craig and his team spent a lot of time at the beginning of each project ensuring that all of our wish list was implemented into each design.

His eye for detail is special and his designs are simply different. Each design flows through taking into account space and light .

Nicola and myself will definitely use South Architects again, whenever we are ready to build again.

We strongly recommend engaging Craig and his team as soon as possible if you are looking for bespoke, appealing designs that still take into consideration,  budget and programme.

Yvonne and Phil

“Having lost our home in the Christchurch earthquake, and having lived in our “interim” house for nine years, we realised that the only way we would find the house of our dreams, that would suit us for the rest of our lives, would be to build it, and find the right architect to design it.

We had seen some of Craig’s designs, and we liked that they stood out as being interesting, all in individual ways.

Looking back at the brief we gave Craig at the very beginning of our project with him, it is clear that he has fulfilled every wish we had. Our wishes were about how the house should look and feel to us in an emotional way; more timeless than trendy, more understated than ostentatious, more intriguing than impressive. We wanted a house of connected spaces or pavilions rather than a monolithic structure, that would soar or float rather than squat heavily. We wanted surprises and hints and unexpected views both into the house and out into the garden.

From my side, I had a wish that came from my Dutch heritage and upbringing. I wanted the house to be “gezellig”. This was a new one for Craig, so I had to give him a quick lesson in a concept that is quintessentially Dutch. “Gezelligheit” can be described as cozy, convivial, fun, a nice atmosphere, or the general togetherness that gives a warm feeling. Crucially, this can apply to the two of us enjoying an evening together, or to a large group gathering. Not being entertainers, but having a large family group that regularly get together, having a house that suited both purposes was important to us.

How these wishes were to be achieved we left up to Craig’s skills, and now living in the finished product, we feel he has achieved all of this beyond our hopes and expectations.

As well, it has been a great journey working with Craig. He has been an excellent communicator throughout, making us feel as though we were his only clients. He has always responded promptly to any queries, consulting and informing us fully, helping us engage builders, engineers, landscape and lighting professionals and collaborating with them, and managing the whole project together with his own excellent design staff.

Now that we have moved in and enjoying every day the results of our journey together, we can say with no exaggeration that our dreams have been fulfilled.”

Jane and Ken

We bought a large section on the Sumner waterfront with a view to subdividing and building a home to retire to. Craig’s firm was recommended to us by our interior designer and we approached them to participate in a “design competition” with 2 other architects.

From the start we were impressed by Craig’s responsiveness and enthusiasm to participate, his ability to read and interpret the brief, to clearly outline the design process, and his proactive project management. Craig and his team put a lot of thought and time into location study, views and sun and looked at the best outcome for the whole site. He was able to empathize and connect with us as people, not just as clients.

During the developed design process Craig came up with creative solutions to deal with issues and, in many cases, where there was an issue there was an even better outcome. He worked hard to meet our functional needs but stood firmly on the side of good design. Craig’s digital design software was extremely useful and saved cost; It meshed well with the software used by engineer, and the interior and kitchen designer. His software package gave us a “walk through” 3D design used by us and the builder.

During the construction observation period, Craig was always on hand to assist with interpretation and detail solutions, and he developed a sound and mutually respectful relationship with our builder and his team.

We now have an award winning home that’s a work of art, that we’re very proud of and love living in. Craig’s design has maximised views and sun, and the house is warm with an impressive level of energy sustainability.

Without hesitation we employed Craig to design the home for our subdivision, and would not hesitate to work with him again; nor would we hesitate to recommend his services.

Rose and Shane

Craig and his team at South Architects helped us to design our family home and we are so happy with the results. We came to Craig with a budget in mind and some vague ideas about what we wanted to achieve and he was able to steer us in the right direction, offering valuable insight and delivering a stunning design with some pretty cool features. The home he designed was exactly what we were hoping for and more.

Craig also offered us invaluable advice and help regarding tendering to builders for the project and this was greatly appreciated. The team at South Architects were always prompt at responding to any questions or changes we had, and we found the whole process to be smooth and enjoyable – we would highly recommend South Architects to anyone building a home. Thanks Craig & the team!

Andrew and Liz

“We selected Craig to be our architect after researching architectural homes on the internet. We found two homes that we loved the look of online and realised that Craig was the architect on both occasions. We subsequently met with Craig and was drawn to his easy going nature, professionalism, flexibility and creativity in meeting our needs.

We asked Craig to design us a home that incorporated our love of timber and stone, height and angles (of which there are many), our need to accommodate extended family and separate zones. Craig also had to design our home around strict design covenants.

Were extremely grateful to Craig and his staff, as they really nailed the brief and created our ‘grand design’. It’s a home that really works for us as a family and given the separate zones should continue to do so as the kids grow into teenagers.”

Russell and Jennifer

Our home, a complex build, has now been successfully completed. Our house looks spectacular and we are delighted with the result. It is fair to say that without the input from Craig and the team, it would not have been constructed with the outstanding attention to detail that has been achieved.

Alistair and Carol

“Craig and the team have been great at listening, thinking about what is important for us, then applying their passion and flair to produce a really smart design which we are extremely happy with”