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Intelligent Design / Lower Hutt


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  • 100%
    "Aaron did the plans for our renovations for an extension and shifting around bedrooms/bathrooms. H was very friendly, reliable and great at answering questions and guiding us through the process. He had lots of handy contacts (engineers, builders and consultants) and took care of the entire consent process from start to end which was a great help. I'd highly recommend him"
    Rating by: Erin  |  Rating posted: 20th Aug  |  Contact: Aaron Humphreys  |  Job date: Aug, 2020
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Erin20th AugMore details…
  • 93%
    "Aaron has done plans for an extension. He has great communication skill and has the knowledge to create plans that suit your visions. I recommend Aaron for your design needs. "
    Rating by: Brett   |  Rating posted: 22nd Apr  |  Contact: Aaron Humphries  |  Job date: Apr, 2020
    Communication: 90%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 90%  |  Value: 90%
    Brett 22nd AprMore details…
  • 100%
    "Aaron helped me for new house design and building consent, couple of problems for building consent, but he made a lot of phone calls for me and get the problem solved, without extra charge, really appreciate. Happy to work with him and his team again..."
    Rating by: Qi  |  Rating posted: 22nd Apr  |  Contact: Aaron  |  Job date: Feb, 2020
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Qi22nd AprMore details…
  • 95%
    "Very good service, professional and good communicators, very happy with their work"
    Rating by: Ioannis  |  Rating posted: 22nd Apr  |  Contact: Aaron  |  Job date: Apr, 2020
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 90%  |  Reliability: 90%  |  Value: 100%
    Ioannis22nd AprMore details…
  • 90%
    "Aaron & the team were great to work with, from the beginning they listened and helped us create the plans for our ideal home. Our project ended up more complicated with the council than initially expected, but every time we needed something amended or updated they would respond quickly and the turn around time was amazing. I would recommend Intelligent Design for anyone planning to build!"
    Rating by: Roz  |  Rating posted: 2nd Sep, 2019  |  Contact: Aaron Humpheries  |  Job date: Oct, 2018
    Communication: 90%  |  Quality: 90%  |  Reliability: 90%  |  Value: 90%
    Roz2nd Sep, 2019More details…
  • 93%
    "We have really good experience dealing with Aaron and his team at Intelligent Design. Aaron takes time to understand the needs and requirements of his clients, and he and his team accommodate any changes we require of the design. Ours is not a straight-forward project but somehow Aaron and his team came up with a solution, and we are happy with the design they produced for us. They are professional and deliver in a timely fashion, and communication is prompt. We highly recommend Intelligent Design, and will definitely use them again in our next project. Thanks Aaron and team!"
    Rating by: Armi  |  Rating posted: 16th Jul, 2019  |  Contact: Aaron/ Maarten  |  Job date: Jul, 2019
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 90%  |  Reliability: 90%  |  Value: 90%
    Armi16th Jul, 2019More details…
  • 100%
    "Aaron & team were amazing to work with. Quick, reliable and approachable. Great professionals and good people. I highly recommend them!"
    Rating by: Barbara  |  Rating posted: 5th Jul, 2019  |  Contact: Aaron Humphreys  |  Job date: Jul, 2018
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Barbara5th Jul, 2019More details…
  • 98%
    "Aaron and the team at Intelligent Design were very informative during an uncertain environment. I have confidence during the council consent phase that the drawings will meet the required standard. Thank you"
    Rating by: Allies  |  Rating posted: 1st Jul, 2019  |  Contact: Aaron Humphries  |  Job date: Jul, 2019
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 90%
    Allies1st Jul, 2019More details…
  • 90%
    "Aaron and the team have been great throughout the whole process, and have been patient with my numerous questions and changing mind. A professional service that has taken the stress out of what can at times be an overwhelming experience. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Aaron to anyone looking to build, extend or renovate! "
    Rating by: Emma  |  Rating posted: 30th Jun, 2019  |  Contact: Aaron Humphries  |  Job date: Jun, 2019
    Communication: 90%  |  Quality: 90%  |  Reliability: 90%  |  Value: 90%
    Emma30th Jun, 2019More details…
  • 90%
    "We found Aaron and his team to be professional and responsive to all our queries throughout the project and they always came back to us quickly to ensure we could keep the project to the original timeframe. Although our renovation project was relatively straight forward the input from Intelligent Design ensured the experience was quick and smooth. "
    Rating by: Sharon  |  Rating posted: 29th Jun, 2019  |  Contact: Aaron Humphries  |  Job date: Mar, 2019
    Communication: 90%  |  Quality: 90%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 80%
    Sharon29th Jun, 2019More details…
  • 100%
    "Our builder recommended Intelligent Design for a major second storey addition to our house. We engaged with Aaron and Daniel for the project. They were a pleasure to work with, and the outcome is fantastic to live in and universally admired by family, friends and visitors. They are very responsive to feedback and other imperatives that inevitably arise during major building work (e.g. need for economies to meet finance constraints etc) and their charges were always reasonable. "
    Rating by: Cass  |  Rating posted: 29th Jun, 2019  |  Contact: Aaron Humphreys  |  Job date: Oct, 2017
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Cass29th Jun, 2019More details…
  • 93%
    "They were able to turn our strange requirements into the house we wanted - and we tried quite a few firms before these guys.
    I like the way they will challenge design choices and keep the architectural vision clean and consistant.
    Our house is a brutalist inspired design which is way outside of the normal boring wooden box that gets made and these guys have been 100% all the way through the project.
    We really enjoyed sitting with the draughtsman putting little details in. It is so much better than doing this by remote.
    Rating by: Pete  |  Rating posted: 18th Jun, 2019  |  Contact: Aaron Humphreys  |  Job date: Mar, 2019
    Communication: 90%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 80%
    Pete18th Jun, 2019More details…
  • 15%
    "In the first meeting, Aaron made an impression he is the man for a job and can deliver.
    After four weeks of waiting for an initial sketch, which should have taken a couple of days only, I received, in my view, quite a substandard one.
    The quote was very high, way over-priced.
    I decided to part ways with Intelligent Design even before discovering feedback on this site, which confirmed that I have made a good decision.
    I would not recommend this company.
    Rating by: Alexander  |  Rating posted: 17th Apr, 2019  |  Contact: Aaron Humphreys  |  Job date: Apr, 2019
    Communication: 30%  |  Quality: 10%  |  Reliability: 10%  |  Value: 10%
    Alexander17th Apr, 2019More details…
  • 13%
    "Aaron took on our job and sold himself and his team as having the capability to deliver.

    We ended up rewriting the resource consent ourselves, he underquoted the work required. The advice provided reflected a lack of capability as shown by new architects employed to complete (and rework the multitude of errors) our drawings.

    We were passed through 4 key people during the four years, experienced constant delays, have incurred significant additional engineering costs (and architectural costs) due to poor document management and version control, and despite Aaron promoting himself as having the skill to minimise engineering costs due to his previous experience as an architectural draughtsman.

    The quality assurance as changes were undertaken was non-existent and we found ourselves constantly having to check and recheck the teams work.

    When things weren't going well communication became non-existent and we actually had to go into the offices to get responses.

    In the end it was obvious they were in over their heads and didn't know how to complete the design due to lack of experience and poor overall design.

    They requested more money to complete the job and pulled out with apparently only 40 hours of work left to complete after wasting 4 years of our lives.

    With new qualified architects on board we have been able to deal with the multitude of errors, but have obviously had to foot the additional cost of rework. Consent has been granted but due to the restrictions from the resource consent phase we have had to make some unsatisfactory compromises on the original design that our current architects wouldn't have recommended.

    Whilst I would never recommend this company or Aaron, I should say that on parting ways he was very cooperative in that he gave us all our files and models with us so we could take these to a new architect. The new architects still needed to fully rework everything as they of course would be taking on liability and needed to confirm everything. Basic measurements were incorrect which meant a full rebuild was required.

    Rating by: Pauline  |  Rating posted: 4th Oct, 2016  |  Contact: Aaron Humphreys  |  Job date: Jul, 2015
    Communication: 0%  |  Quality: 0%  |  Reliability: 0%  |  Value: 50%
    Pauline4th Oct, 2016More details…
  • 15%
    "It seemed that Aaron only had apprentices working for him and on our job. There where many mistakes with dimensions, product stated on Aarons drawings to use and physical layout.
    Aaron admitted at guessing at the pitch of the roof as they did not own a protractor and guessing at other measurements for one reason or another.
    Aaron argued on every mistake for months, even the major ones, one that sticks in my mind is the new wall half way over an existing window.
    I would never use Aaron/ Intelligent Design ever again. He cost us more money and allot of sleepless nights.
    Rating by: Jason  |  Rating posted: 22nd Apr, 2015  |  Contact: Aaron  |  Job date: Mar, 2014
    Communication: 30%  |  Quality: 10%  |  Reliability: 10%  |  Value: 10%
    Jason22nd Apr, 2015More details…
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    Rating by: Warick  |  Rating posted: 6th Jun, 2013  |  Contact: Aaron Humphreys  |  Job date: Jun, 2013
    Communication: 90%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 80%  |  Value: 90%
    Warick6th Jun, 2013More details…
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    Rating by: Shane  |  Rating posted: 9th May, 2013  |  Contact: Aaron  |  Job date: Mar, 2012
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Shane9th May, 2013More details…
  • 100%
    "We approched Aaron to design our first new home. We were amazed at how Aaron was able to create a design that met all our needs and kept within our budget. We absolutely love the house and if we ever do this again, Aaron will be the first call we make."
    Rating by: Stephen  |  Rating posted: 5th Apr, 2013  |  Contact: Aaron Humphreys  |  Job date: Apr, 2010
    Communication: 100%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 100%  |  Value: 100%
    Stephen5th Apr, 2013More details…
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    Aaron responded:
    "Thanks Trevor."
    Rating by: Trevor  |  Rating posted: 5th Apr, 2013  |  Contact: Aaron Humphries  |  Job date: Nov, 2012
    Communication: 90%  |  Quality: 100%  |  Reliability: 90%  |  Value: 80%
    Trevor5th Apr, 2013More details, one reply…

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