Testimonials

Wratten Residence, Tasman

Pam Wratten, Tasman

“Simone designed and oversaw the building of our hop kiln home. I was absolutely delighted with the creative input into the details she included. These details she included have given the home an individual statement which creates an ambience. This also includes personally designed light fittings. The home was designed to be in harmony with the landscape and this has been achieved with the choice of building materials and its placement on the land. She handled the entire consent process which went through without a hitch. Simone is extremely professional in her approach from consent through to supervised construction.

Now that the Hop kiln is completed (almost 2 years) I can say unequivocally that the home is an absolute pleasure to live in for its design, warmth and ambience. I can’t recommend Simone highly enough as she has an unique talent and is a pleasure to work with. She is very empathetic to the environment and captured the true beauty of our beautiful coastal/mountain environment with her design.” Pam Wratten, Tasman

Horrell Residence, Tasman

Jolene, Brendan & Cordt Horrell, Upper Moutere, Tasman

“Simone nailed our house brief from day one. Perched high on a hill and surrounded by native bush, our build site was limited in terms of space and we had a wish list as long as your arm. But from the first set of plans she rolled out Simone had well and truly achieved all of the aspects we wanted to see in our place. Throughout the consent and building process we were quite demanding of Simone, yet her patience and willingness to listen to our ideas remained outstanding. She has a true passion for design and a genuine desire to get the look and feel of the project just right. Her commitment to the project meant that the house quite literally became her baby and she stayed involved in all the key decisions that impacted the design of the house. The house works brilliantly with the surrounding environment and really makes a statement and everyone who visits our place are blown away by the design too.

Our house or our sanctuary as we now refer to it, has the X Factor and we love living in it. We have future projects in mind and we will absolutely, without a doubt, be utilising Simone’s amazing talents again.” Jolene, Brendan & Cordt Horrell, Upper Moutere

Bahlsen ‘Dome House’, Malborough

Andrea Bahlsen, i:dome residence at Mount Pleasant, Marlborough“Not being scared away by talks of skeptics Simone took on the challenge to get me through the whole consent procedure with District Counsel to make my dreams come true of building an eco-friendly dwelling into the beautiful hills of Marlborough Sounds to provide for an off-grid- living in harmony with nature.


Her approach to this unique project was highly professional, bold and creative at the same time. There was not a single detail of this French house kit made from all untreated timber which looks impossible to fit under the NZ standards that she couldn’t adapt to it without letting go of any essential element of the concept. On top, Simones communication skills has been a great help when alterations had to be considered and compromises had to be found in order to both get the building consent and create a rotating natural dome house the way I visualized it in the midst of the native bushland.

After just 3 month of enjoyable time spend together with Simone on this exiting project I could make good on the promise to take her out for a fancy German dinner at Herzogs Vinyard because I had all necessary documents in my mailbox to go ahead. I am very grateful for her exceptional work and commitment to this unusual job during the whole time and can highly recommend her service.”Andrea Bahlsen, ‘i:dome’ ‘dome house’ Residence at Mount Pleasant, Marlborough

O’Reilly Residence, Mapua

We were very happy with the service that Simone provided. She is very thorough and followed up on everything we discussed. She also dealt with issues in a timely manner and was great to deal with. Once consent was granted and build commenced she showed a continued interest, calling in onsite from time to time to see how things progressed. She was also kind enough to email us with a selection of exterior elevation drawings with a variation of our colour choices, so we could see how the home would look when finished.

We would highly recommend her for anyone looking for a professional, friendly and approachable architect. Joanne & Gary O’Reilly, Mapua

Pinder Villa, Blenheim

Simone is an extraordinary Architect. I built two houses in the past with Architects but my experience with Simone in renovating my villa an amazing experience. She got everything right, came up with some really innovative ideas and the house just works. There’s a floor plan on my Bed and Breakfast website botanicamarlborough.nz (Ask Simone to send you the old plan it’s ghastly) Clare & Martin Pinder, Blenheim

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