Dear Chahid, We approached your company C.Kairouz Architects approximately three years ago after you were referred to us by a family friend to assist my wife and I in designing some read home renovation/improvements to our 120 year old Victoria terrace. In that time you have supported us with multiple client and council communication with little rewards, finally convincing our local council that our project meets all council regulation and requirements. Chahid you have certainly shown us that you are a man of your word how is prepared to listen and work as hard as you can to support our needs. Chahid you are a true professional with some very good personal qualities, you have a good network of associates and skills that allows you to get the job done. We will not forget your involvement Chahid; we will certainly be recommending you to all our family and friends, we like to thank you very much for your continuous support and wish you all the very best in your business.
Albert and Lucy
Our previous architects were unable to secure a 4 townhouse development with the Moreland council, however after being recommended Chahid’s services through a family friend it was his team’s experience and business knowledge in dealing with local councils than ensured we were given planning permission. Without Chahid and his team’s efforts our development may not have been viable.
We also had issues with stormwater access which required the advice of an engineer, Chahid used his contact John who was able to directly liaise with council and arrange for our development to tap into established stormwater access saving our development around $30,000 in digging and council planning expenses. Working with C. Kairouz Architects has been excellent and their experience in all aspects of residential development from planning to build is invaluable. We look forward to working with Chahid and his team on our next development.
Daniel & Stan Slazyk
It is with great pleasure that I write to tell you about our experience working with Chahid. Without his knowledge and professional support, I don’t think we could have handled designing and building a house soon after relocating to a new city. It was a real pleasure to sit with Chahid and work together on the plans for the house. His way of working with us meant that we truly collaborated in the creative process; he helped us to design and build our house. Chahid was uncompromising in trying to capture exactly what we wanted. It was fabulous to be able to talk through ideas and for him to sketch them there and then, to help us visualise what they would look like. This gave us a real sense of immediacy and participation which was very satisfying. Chahid played an active role in helping us interview and select a builder and in helping us keep within our budget. We have been in the house for just over a year and not a day passes when I’m not struck by some of the subtleties of the design of our little place. I marvel at Chahid’s formidable talent and his unassuming professionalism and I recommend him warmly and unreservedly both as a person and as an architect.
I have known Chahid Kairouz in a professional capacity for over 6 years. In this time Chahid has worked for me on a personal level acting as a professional consultant with the planning and permitting process for my family, as well as assisting with quantifying the costs associated in achieving our lifestyle objectives. In this capacity Chahid shared our vision and objectively assisted us with the design concepts and solutions that we required and that the project demanded.
On this strength, my relationship with Chahid Kairouz developed to one where we now regularly recommend his services to our own clientele through our banking and finance mortgage brokerage business. Chahid has exceeded the expectations of many of our client referrals; wether for medium to high density planning processes; project management related work; multi dwelling projects; and new home or home extension plans and permits. His services has also extended in project management roles; where he was charged with project feasibility exercises reliant on his industry expertise and experiences. Chahid has a particular sensitivity to period and heritage listed areas – where his work is highly regarded with many of our repeat business clients.
Finally it would be remiss of me not to mention Chahid’s professional services extended to charitable community groups – where he extends his time and advice on a pro bono basis.
It is with great pleasure that I write this testimonial in relation to the professionalism, excellent customer service, patience, understanding and personability that was experienced in my dealings with C Kairouz Architects.
I was the proud owner of a lovely one level 1930’s home on a land size of approximately 900 sq. in an older area of Melbourne. With a growing family there was a need for an upgrade. In walks Chahid Kairouz, Architect. When he initially began this project, he did not just start with some drawings, he sat down with my husband, my children and myself and asked questions in relation to our likes, dislikes, family habits/culture and ideas that have come to us. He then went away and after only a few short weeks presented us with a couple of options.
The styles, the environmental considerations, the use of natural light and most importantly, the keeping with the 1930’s feel of our home was very impressive. I loved his incorporation of the ideas and needs of the whole family. We reviewed with him and then made a few adjustments over the next few weeks. I think during that period of time I spoke to Chahid more than I did with my own family, but he never shunned me away.
His professionalism overwhelmed me, costs were set out at the very beginning without any hidden additions. He was present at all major stages of the building and in constant communication with both my builder and myself. There were even times I would show up to the job site and see Chahid lurking in the ceilings taking photos and checking on progress and structure. If an issue did come up, I was confident in resolution as he and the builder stopped, reassessed and resolved the issue giving me piece of mind. I am now the owner of a lovely 3 level 1930’s home that many visitors and passers-by comment on how beautiful it is and how it looks all original (kept in tune with the time). They say that a marriage is tested during a renovation, but mines was not, I had a great team working on the project with C Kairouz Architects at the “Core”.
I have found Chahid Kairouz to be extremely professional in all my dealings with him. He has listened and noted concerns about our project when others have switched off. He is punctual , polite, warm, kind and above all interested in our project just as much as we were. He gives guidance , makes suggestions and puts ideas forward to make the client think about things from his ” own ” eyes while all along keeping in the boundaries of community concerns and government regulations. What i found appealing was that he delivered what he said he would . Chahid is open minded and flexible where others are not. Any problems we had, Chahid would make suggestion that allowed us to over come these hurdles.
I have no hesitation in engaging Kairouz Architects on future projects as my needs arise.
The Maronite Parish has had a close association with Chahid Kairouz as Architect and advisor for a number of years. Chahid and his Team have always acted in a most professional manner giving expert advice and guidance. Chahid has developed and built a shrine and has developed plans for a Reception Centre, Community Centre and Administration Offices for our Community at our 230 Normanby Avenue Thornbury. Chahid is passionate about his work as an architect, he is very perceptive and accepts challenges with ease.
It has been a pleasure working with them team at CKA
Monsignor Joseph Takchi OAM
I have a financial planning and property development syndication business which together have more than $100m under management. I’ve been doing this now for over 25 years. It is crucial for me to surround myself with like minded talented professionals. In Chahid Kairouz; I have found one of my biggest assets.
Chahid cares about the clients and every investment mandate put to him; he goes out of his way to ensure that every angle is explored to make sure that profit on every job is maximised. In the modern world aesthetic quality and good design principles are crucial to sell the type of boutique residential development that I specialise in. Chahid designs cost-effective solutions that look good and are not expensive to build. A man of intelligence, integrity and passion; I have no hesitation in recommending Chahid Kairouz to any client no matter what type of development they may be considering.
As a working professionals, it was very important for us to deal with other working professionals that maintain the very same standards and decorum in relation to business practices and personal projects as we do. Therefore, it was by no mistake that we selected Chahid Kairouz when planning the single most important project of our personal lives, the building of our family home.
Chahid Kairouz and his team of seasoned professionals proved to be the perfect choice as Architects and Planners for our owner builder project. Despite hearing so many horror stories and disastrous experiences by friends, family and acquaintances following the early planning stages of the building of their own homes, we are blessed and fortunate that our home planning and development experience can only be described as “seamless”.
Chahid and his team provided immense attention to detail in relation to the simplest and most complicated parts of our journey, from the concept stage all the way through to the final design and then lastly, the approval stages. Needless to say, we emerged from the entire process with nothing but gratitude for the experience and ultimately and most importantly, the plans for ‘the house of our dreams’.
It is a true pleasure to provide a written testimonial for Chahid Kairouz and his dedicated staff, that outlines the brilliance and professionalism of his work and his team, but furthermore, it is truly important that the genuine care and personal attention we were shown during the course of our project, be outlined as the exceptional reason for our high recommendation of Chahid Kairouz Architects.
Chahid completed town planning at 7 Eden place Wallan. First was pleasure to work with him and his team as every one was professional. Before he started we know will be challenging project, land had a lot of tree and we like to save them. Chahid come out with 19 town houses and only comments were vau, good job. Also what was the big bonus for as ,Chahid deal with council ,so big project we had only one visit and meeting with council .Chahid shows and proved that he know what he is doing as he meet all council requirement.
My experience with C. Kairouz Architects has been extremely positive. Chahid is exceptionally professional and a very competent man with a passion for his work.
At the beginning of our planning process, we were presented with various options and possibilities to consider along with a breakdown of the scenarios for each. This was an extremely useful process, particularly when trying making an investment decision such as ours.
Throughout the life of the project, we were consistently notified of the progress and regularly provided with written communication from our stakeholders. We always felt C. Kairouz Architects went the extra mile by providing alternative service options to assist in making viable decisions.
C. Kairouz Architects assisted us with ensuring our project ran smoothly and seamlessly. The support and advise offered was outstanding and we certainly wouldn’t think twice about working with C. Kairouz Architects in the future. It’s been a real pleasure working with the team.
When my wife and I first met with Chahid from C.KAIROUZ ARCHITECTS we immediately got the sense we were dealing with a professional. As a professional he didn’t make empty promises but rather delivered what he promised. He showed us how we can get a lot out of a small space, We have a narrow block thats 6 mtrs wide but our home will be over 200m2.
My wife and I cant thank the team enough.
Well done guys
I came through today and checked 503 at The General. I have recently assisted many of our clients to check and settle their apartments purchase, your’s stand out. I’m really happy with your product quality/ specs, design and Builder’s workmanship. Well done Chahid!
Lilian Kwan, Ray White Projects
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