Some kind words about the practice.
We had the pleasure of working with Omar and his team on a major renovation to our home in the West End of Halifax in the summer of 2013. Two of Omar’s biggest strengths are patience and creativity. We live in a neighborhood with many renovated homes. One of Omar’s key objectives was that our home would be unique – but still in keeping with the aesthetic of our neighborhood. He was able to strike a good balance between injecting his own vision and creativity, and working with our feedback and requirements. This was a large undertaking for us and it took us a long time – many, many months – to come to a final decision. Throughout the process Omar was patient, positive, open, and flexible. Omar’s team worked with us from the initial sketch phase, through interviewing and selecting a contractor, to working with our contractor throughout the project. There was tremendous value for us in having him involved from beginning to end. We would not hesitate to recommend Omar and his team. If you’d like some more details about our experience, grab our contact information from Omar and drop us a line. Good luck with your project! ~ Rob and Ariana
Omar and his team were incredibly professional, thorough, collaborative, and accessible throughout the entire process of designing and building my house. Even smallest details received the most thoughtful level of attention, and they managed the construction process with a commitment that exceeded my expectations. Their enthusiasm made the project exciting and fun, even in stressful situations. ~ Jonah Samson
As a builder working with Omar Gandhi was a very positive experience. He has specific ideas but will listen to practical suggestions. He also came to the site and watched the progress. We bounced ideas off each other and the end result was gratifying. Look forward to working with Omar again! ~ Deborah Herman-Spartinelli
I worked as structural consultant on the Moore Studio project with Omar Gandhi. I always enjoy working with Omar because he is enthusiastic about his designs, but at the same time he maintains a good amount of practicality when it comes to the structure. He is willing to listen to suggestions of how to improve or simplify the framing. We also both enjoy working on projects collaboratively where the designers and builder all work together to get the best end result. And most importantly, the project turned out great and the clients are very happy! ~ Andrea Doncaster
My wife and I are thrilled with Omar’s architectural creativity and attention to detail while designing our new home. After acquiring ocean front acreage in Cape Breton, we asked Omar Ghandi to design a structure that blends with the local community while embracing the stunning views of the coastline and ocean. The result is spectacular! A beautiful, smart design that is functionally appropriate to the surrounding landscape and seasonal climactic conditions while offering stunning views from each and every room. We are also looking forward to Omar’s full service expertise in designing the kitchen and additional millwork as well as his expert advice when choosing all the finishing elements including flooring, and plumbing/electrical fixtures. ~ Ihor Macijiwsky and Susan Spencer
Omar Gandhi is excellent! He worked on our kitchen renovation and we found him extremely accommodating and professional. Omar is concerned with your ideas and wants and provided us with great insight for the space. He stayed within budget, made great recommendations on resources and materials and worked in a timely manner. We would recommend him highly to anyone looking for architectural services. ~ Joanne and Brian Titus
Omar basically reinvented our 100 year old home, and we feel he truly did an amazing job. He carefully assessed what direction we were hoping to take with our space, took our jumbled concepts and came up with a fantastic design which has dramatically improved our home lives. He was responsive throughout, diligent and flexible. His appreciation for the existing structure, use of natural products, and sensitivity to sustainability meshed perfectly with our values. He worked exceptionally well with our contractor to ensure the design was realized without a hitch and was always quick to respond to any questions or concerns. We could not be happier with the results and can wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for an architect of high quality. ~ Drs. Andy Blackadar and Lynda Earle
Omar is imaginative and dynamic. He is easy and enjoyable to work with and receptive to our ideas. He has a great sensitivity to the environment and site. While preserving his design integrity, he is well aware of the realities of costs and the needs of his client and the contractor. ~ Keith H.
Omar Gandhi has worked with us for six years both on our Toronto home and our ski cabin in Collingwood, Ontario. At our ski cabin he designed an addition to our old log cabin including a bedroom, sitting room, foyer, mud room and two bathrooms. I wanted the addition to be as contemporary as possible while being compatible with the log cabin. Omar did a superb job for us as he did on more contemporary renovations to our Toronto home. Omar is always a pleasure to work with. He is full of excellent ideas that push the envelope. Our house is far more interesting (and functional) than it was. He listened carefully to our needs and was always ready to hear my ideas. We worked collaboratively (in my experience this isn’t always possible with architects). He is a capable and innovative architect and excellent company. Finally, Omar is extremely personable. We had a lot of fun together and I hope this will continue in the future. I couldn’t recommend him more highly as a person and as an architect. ~ Martha and George
Omar designed our summer house for use. Not only is he an extremely talented and innovative architect, but he worked around our extremely complicated schedule for meetings which was crucial to us. Having a designer that understands the stages of a project was huge for us. His ability to come to the space, go away and return with conceptual drawings and models astounded us. Things were done quickly, changes to the plans as the project progressed were altered without hesitation or complaint. Omar was truly a delight to work with our family. ~ Lynn and Jason
Omar is a bright, creative and engaging architect. We have found his approach to design very satisfying. He involves his clients in all aspects of the design process. His sensitivity to the environment means minimal disruption to the building site. Important to us is his strong working relationship with our contractor Deborah Spartinelli. (www.trunnellsandtenonsconstruction.com) ~ Mary and John Messenger
We approached Omar with an idea for a screened in porch for our Ottawa home to allow us to enjoy more time outdoors with our family. Omar listened closely to our ideas and needs, spent some quality time examining our decorating tastes and style of our existing home and came back to us with sketches that exceeded our best ideas. He took our vision and turned it into a dream walkout three season sunroom that blends into the exterior structure and the interior flow of our home. He brought ideas to the table that we had not even considered such as the vaulted ceiling with exposed beams, the board and batten look, and the wrap around seating which gives plenty of space while maintaining a warm inviting feeling. Our sunroom is the envy of the neighbourhood and is a great place to enjoy a cozy family dinner or entertain large gatherings of friends. ~ Bhupendra and Helene
Omar and architect Chad Jamieson helped us to transform our dark and crowded 1904 home into a bright and modern space without changing the footprint of the house. Their clean lines and creative approach were just what we were looking for. And apparently others think they did a good job too – check out the house in the Kitchen and Bath Special Edition of House & Home released March 2011. ~ Tarah and Daniel