The benefits of having an in-house Architect
30 July 2021
Having our own in-house Architectural Designer and Technologist means undivided attention on your project and a relationship built on trust and integrity.
At Oceanside Homes we pride ourselves on our personal approach to clients. Having Kris Nero on the team as an Architectural Designer and Technologist means undivided attention on your project and a relationship built on trust and integrity.
Kris completed her architectural studies in 1998 in Ontario, Canada where she co-owned a residential architectural design studio. After relocating to New Zealand in 2009 she has been involved in many projects from executive homesteads to remote bachs and light commercial developments.
An ADNZ award winning designer (Architectural Designers New Zealand), Kris and her family have recently begun to call the Bay of Plenty home as she begins the next phase of her career with Oceanside Homes in Tauranga.
A new building project is a journey and Kris is there right from the outset, working closely with the client and the New Home Consultant. She’s available at every turn, managing designs from initial concept through to approved consent and says an exciting part of her job is that no two days are the same.
“Some days I work alone sifting through engineering calculations and other days I’m face-to-face with clients, discussing their hopes and dreams,” says Kris.
The benefits of in-house Architect are hard to overstate. It means a site-specific floor plan can be produced quickly, followed by an in-depth estimate before any money is spent. It means unlimited design revisions with no delays, and perhaps most importantly it means council questions and on-site solutions can be attended to immediately to keep projects running smoothly and on time.
When it comes to her design style, she considers her process to be pragmatically creative, designing from the inside out.
“Too often the primary structure and building services like plumbing, drainage, ventilation and heating are merely an after-thought - which can lead to costly solutions to ‘make it work’ within the design. When these very important building components are considered from the onset, the design gives way to a beautifully well-rounded architectural building that is cost-effective with minimal to no complications during construction" explains Kris.
After being in in the industry for over twenty years and with experiences spanning half the world, Kris has seen building trends come and go.
“I’m seeing trends of the past taking the stage for an encore, such as bringing the outside in and utilising traditional exterior cladding in an internal setting. The Oceanside Homes show home at Three Creeks Estate in Ohauiti highlights this beautifully with a brick veneer feature wall in the dining/kitchen area adding a layer of texture and warmth to the home”.
The show home is where the Oceanside Homes team are based, and Kris says having a complete team of building professionals under one roof helps to ensure the success of a client’s project.
“We work very closely together as a team - from New Home Consultant to Architectural Designer to Quantity Surveyor to Project Manager; all in house and all focused solely on our clients. We have all the pieces of the puzzle working together to provide our clients with a comprehensive home design aligning with their wants and wishes, budget and schedule”.
So if you're thinking of building and would like some design advice, pop in to see Kris at our stunning show home - 100 Adler Drive in Ohauiti!
As soon as we met Alan, we knew we had found the right person to guide us through our home build. After previously having a bad experience with another building company, we were delighted to find him.
Right from our first meeting, Alan with his friendly and polite manner, listened to what we wanted in a home and grasped a great understanding of our needs.
Respecting our budget and spending time to work out what the best options were for us, Alan worked hard to ensure we built the house we wanted. Communication was never a problem with Alan always answering our emails and phone calls promptly.
Thank you, Alan, for making what could have been a very stressful process so much fun. Your passion and great sense of humour was a pleasure to work with. We are very grateful that we had you to help us build our lovely home.
The House is absolutely perfect. Oceanside Homes listened carefully to our design ideas and put those into a preliminary design, it developed into the perfect plan for our needs.
Isaac was the reason why we went with Oceanside, he was one of 6 builders that we gave our name to at the Tauranga Home Show who bothered to follow up. He was part of the process from start to finish, we had a budget and we had to make it work! Isaac and the team were as passionate about our build as we were.
The best part of the build was the actual process. It was very exciting seeing the house develop from a design to a completed project. We will definitely build with Oceanside again because we really trust Isaac!
Alan was quick to realise the slightly unusual nature of our requirements and empathised with what we were attempting to achieve. It was this empathy and Alan's innovative approach that led us to choose his company over the many competing companies in that field.
Alan's approach to our specific needs was innovative, caring, thoughtful and very successful. His positive nature and good humour helped us achieve a very successful outcome.
We are extremely happy with our new home, and put much of this delight to the flair shown by Alan.
We really found the process smooth and easy. Oceanside Homes helped us to understand the process and their communication was great.
Using the Co-Construct app was a real pleasure. We were kept up to date with each stage of the build and could follow the progress easily and then schedule site visits accordingly. The build is perfect with no wasted space!
Right from the start Alan was so easy to talk to and gave us all the information we needed to start the process.
He was so patient and helpful with all of our questions and requests and used his lovely sense of humour regularly.
From the first meeting Alan understood what we were looking for and his strong communication skills meant that we were always on the same page. His wise advice, as the project progressed, helped us so much as this was the first new house we had built. We always felt at ease with Alan and there was never any pressure to be hurried in any way. He always returned our calls and queries promptly even after hours (which we felt guilty about) as we had sent a query not thinking he would work out of business hours.
Alan was completely professional and offered the very best customer service and it was a pleasure dealing with him.
Along with the fantastic service we received from the Oceanside Homes team, they delivered a home of excellent quality and we are very satisfied with the value we received. We are very happy with our new new home!”
The thing I liked most in working with the Oceanside Homes team was an authentic sincere attitude towards trying to meet all of my needs. The whole time, I felt I was being looked after 100% and over time I grew to trust without a doubt the whole process and Oceanside Homes.
Working with the Oceanside Homes team is as easy as working with a group of good friends who get on fantastically, and are all working towards the same goal. Easy peasy!! Plus of course, professional, efficient, understanding, considerate, and open minded.
Every single person I dealt with was amazingly efficient and extremely helpful. I only have good memories of all my dealings with each and every one of the Oceanside Homes team.
They sincerely want to make not only the journey enjoyable but deliver a quality, amazing home. Both aesthetically and structurally, throughout the whole process, from beginning to end I rate the product and the service 10 out of 10+++….. I would without a shadow of a doubt, recommend Oceanside Homes to others in fact I already have and do.
We approached Oceanside Homes with a plan in mind. We had many extra’s and these were all handled with ease, the team were excellent and their high degree of finishing is evident where ever you look in our new home.
One of the many advantages of dealing with Oceanside Homes was their excellent team of sub trades Electrical, Plumbing, Gas Fitting, Fireplace Installers and Kitchen Manufacturer who all made a great contribution to our wonderful home
Thank you all for our wonderful home.
We had several meetings with Alan and found the process of exploring options and having house plans redesigned to suit a really positive experience. Alan was patient, supportive and paid attention to our evolving needs with enthusiasm, throwing in great ideas and making the whole process creative and fun.