"Sometimes words can’t adequately convey one’s appreciation and gratitude, this is certainly the case for us and our opinion on Nathan Verri and his team. Although, below is our best attempt.
Our family and extended family, have been holidaying in Port Douglas for almost 30 years, coming up almost every year from Melbourne. With our children now adults, we decided to try and find some land in Port Douglas, to build a house on that would comfortably fit us all in, once our children had families of their own. At the end of 2017, we found the perfect vacant block in the Beachfront Mirage Estate, overlooking the golf course and the ocean.
We spent the next few months researching and interviewing various architects, before appointing Roger Mainwood of TPG Architects in Cairns, to do our house designs. The next 15 months was spent on the architectural design and documentation of the house. During this time, we also met with a number of builders and viewed their previous works, Nathan Verri being one of them. Even in that first meeting, he certainly impressed us. We selected 4 builders to Tender on the construction and I think both my wife and I were always leaning towards using Nathan and his team and thankfully we certainly made the right choice.
Nathan and his team are very skilled, efficient, communicate well with clients and work to a very high standard, as one would expect from a builder that builds homes worth millions of dollars. What to us, set Nathan apart, is the fact that he also cares so much about the end result. He wants to ensure his clients get what they are dreaming of and what he would expect, if it was his own home. If Nathan believes something is not quite right or there is a better solution or outcome, he will bring it up and this collaboration and exchange only further improves the end result. Nathan and your entire team, you have certainly delivered on our dream and exceeded our expectations. We will forever be grateful on what you have delivered for us and our family and we will certainly enjoy it all for many years to come.
On a personal level, it has been a pleasure working with you and also meeting your beautiful family, no doubt we will remain friends in the future and look forward to catching up every time we return to Port Douglas".
Miro & Helen Sloup – Port Douglas, Queensland
"We first made contact with Nathan for our project over three years ago and looking at examples of houses already completed, made us realise he was the obvious choice. We sent him what we thought was a good outline of what we thought we wanted our house to look like. I remember getting the first cut of the plans and being blown away at the concept that Nathan had created (and how inadequate our own concept had been!)
Three years on and six months living in our new home we couldn’t be happier. What sets Nathan apart from other builders is his consideration of the environment in which his builds are situated - the design of our house is matched to the demands of the tropics, heat and rains perfectly. It was built ahead of schedule, communication was good and Nathan was always honest and objective in recommending any changes that were required.
We would not hesitate recommending Nathan to bring reality to people’s dreams".
Ian & Jaana Harris – Port Douglas, Queensland
"We are a little family business café in Kewarra Beach and looked to expand our seating area with a deck. Nathan and his team give us a quote and in no time work started. Awesome work, professional and well priced. Definitely will be asking them in the future for other works. Highly recommended".
Andrea & Larnie – Kewarra Beach, Queensland
“We are now three months since handover and we want to express our sincere gratitude for the home you built for our family. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with you professionally and to get to know you and your family personally.
From our first meeting last year we knew we wanted to work with you on getting the Vivo property up and running. Best of all we have been fortunate to be able to collaborate with you along the way, refining elements of the design and trying some new ideas. You never blinked at the requests and your calm nature made it feel like team work at every step.
We are still amazed every time we enter the property as to how spectacular the building really is. You did so much to make the space efficient and open and very cool to boot.
We would not hesitate to be a reference for you at any point and we look forward to a future project again”.
Michael & Samantha – Port Douglas, Queensland
“With a plot in our hand and vision in our eyes, we made plans of our Dream Home to our specifications on paper and set out in search of a suitable builder.
After a few months of bumps and roller coaster rides with various builders we met Nathan. And we instantly clicked!! Nathan understood our vision. He was willing and, more importantly, was capable of converting it into reality. He took our ideas on board and offered some great ones of his own.
His attitude, hands-on high skills in every aspect of building, strong work ethics and integrity made the process of building our home a completely stress-free and enjoyable experience for us. Nathan had a rigorous project oversight. He was on the site almost every day. Such was his passion and involvement in the project that the masterpiece he created exceeded our expectations!
His professional skills apart, Nathan is a very polite and respectful gentleman. It is no surprise that we shared a great comfort factor with him throughout the project and long afterwards! We love our home and are mighty proud of telling people who built it. We are living our dream today! Thank you, Nathan!!”
Trupta & Shirish – Cairns, Queensland
“From our first meeting I knew Nathan was the designer and builder for us. His open and frank communication set realistic expectations, BUT, Nathan and his team have exceeded my expectations in every aspect of the build. This was my first home build and I expected a certain level of stressful moments…none eventuated!
I have an award winning gorgeous home and the privilege of having a Nathan Verri “Out of the Ordinary” signature stamp on it. My heartfelt thanks to the entire team”.
Trish McDougall – Cairns, Queensland
“From the first time we met Nathan, we knew he was the builder for us! Our only concern was that he wouldn’t take us on! We initially started with an unrealistic budget but Nathan never said it was impossible. He made great design suggestions and recommendations that meant we could have everything we wanted most in our home with no compromise on quality. We were interstate for almost all of the build and we learned we could trust him completely. He kept us up to date with photos, consulted us when necessary, listened and responded if we ever had a concern.
The trades-people he engaged were local, as much as possible, and we found them capable and respectful professionals in their trades. We were also extremely grateful that Nathan completed our home in only six months. It saved us a lot in storage and accommodation. Whilst you have a several awards Nathan for your building and design, you also deserve an award for your practical and honest communication with clients and making dreams come true. No problem was unsolvable in the building of our beautiful home. It’s everything we hoped for and more!”
Kaye & Peter Priem – Shannonvale, Queensland
“A huge shout out to the team at Nathan Verri. We can’t thank you guys enough for making our dream home a reality! From start to finish, the service we received was fantastic and the team had so many great ideas from design to decor. The house was exactly what we hoped for and the workmanship was excellent. We would highly recommend these guys to anyone looking to design their own home! Thank you again for making our dream home happen!!”
Anna & Gavin Arthy – Speewah, Queensland
“Nathan built our home ‘Spice’ on Oak Beach FNQ to a Chris van Dyke design. This was a uniquely challenging build. Virtually every surface, every finish was bespoke and unconventional. Whether it be the aged, recycled ironbark beams and columns from an old warehouse, the adobe hand-rendered walls, the six pairs of heavy Rajasthani temple doors, the vintage brass ships’ lanterns, the recycled Burmese teak floorboards, polished concrete benchtops, hand-laid stone walls – they all presented their unique obstacles. A conventional builder would have baulked at this challenge whereas Nathan relished the prospect of working with natural materials.
Unsurprisingly, for such a build, complications did arise from time to time. And this is where Nathan stands apart from most in his field. His attitude to troubleshooting is this: identify the problem, thoroughly research the available options, solve it today and with a minimum of fuss and budget stress. No owner could ask for more than this.
And this proved critical to the success of the build for us. We watched this build from afar, back in Sydney. With Nathan we had no need for a project manager – he was that invested in the project. Not a day would pass without constant phone calls and email updates on progress, discussions regarding superior finishes and features, problem-solving etc. This is our fourth building project and we have never experienced this degree of positive interaction with the builder.
As the build progressed, it quickly became apparent to us that the quality of the build was exceptional. Yet, we still held concern that our palette of finishes may completely miss the harmonious look we were seeking. Again, we relied on Nathan’s guidance here. In addition to his very apparent building abilities, he has a discerning eye for design and aesthetics. Many decisions were made after consultation with Nathan to alter the course with respect to design and finishes. Regarding the quality of finishes…Spice presents as a home of hand crafted finishes. One might assume that, when working with distressed timbers and stone, a builder could get away with inferior workmanship since the flaws would blend into the rustic look. Nothing could be further from the truth. It takes exceptional care and skill to blend together unconventional building materials with the necessary conventional materials in such a way as to present a home created by skilled artisans from another era.
The end result is truly special. It has surpassed all our expectations and dreams and the fact that it has been recognized for the quality of its build by the Master Builders’ Awards is an added testimony to Nathan and his amazing team.
Finally, and on a personal note, it’s worth noting that Nathan is one of those very rare people – someone utterly driven to achieving the very best of outcomes for those around him, including his clients, his crew etc, yet also just a thoroughly decent bloke. In the year we collaborated on this project, and despite some epic challenges, my respect for his sense of integrity and ethics did not waiver once.
I would have utterly no hesitation in recommending Nathan to any prospective homebuilder.”
Bruce and Rachael Jackson – Oak Beach, Queensland
“We would sincerely like to put forward our recommendation of Nathan Verri. Nathan first turned up to our somewhat unusual shaped block as a down to earth approachable tradesman, he listened to our brief and expectations intently and come back to us with a wonderful accommodating vision of a plan of what we envisaged our new home to look like. We were excited at the concept he put forward and being interstate our partnership began. Nathan is very committed he literally lives and breathes his work often emailing us at 4am with a new idea of what might work or of an idea he came up with overnight. The one thing we love is his vision and passion and how he can bring it all together. Yes you can be a great tradesman but to have vision and passion takes you to another level. If Nathan said he would get back to you or meet you at a certain time he would if he wasn’t 100 percent happy with something he would work on it till he was.
We are in the building trade ourselves and I must say he went over and beyond his line of duty to the point he actually received all our furniture for us and had it placed in each room and even had our bed made up with some beautiful linen he and Julie had selected for us. So yes we do recommend Nathan without hesitation and would like to say thank you for the creation of our beautiful home".
Lindy and Darren Skipper – Port Douglas, Queensland
“We worked closely with Nathan Verri of ‘Nathan Verri – Masters of Design and Building’ from our concept design through to the completion of our home. He was a pleasure to work with throughout the entire project.
Nathan has a ‘yes I can’ attitude and not only promptly, but pleasantly, responds to any requests, questions and concerns. He is there when you need him. Most importantly this holds true for after sales support which distinguishes Nathan Verri from many other builders. Both he and his partner Julie, take a personal interest in working with their clients to create something new and wonderful. We thank them for their support, patience and input into our new home. The end result is a beautiful superior quality home that we look forward to living in for many years to come.”
D. and E. Johnson – Port Douglas, Queensland
“WE FREAKING LOVE OUR NEW HOME!
Nathan, what an awesome journey we had with you this past 5 odd months building our awesome house! Your attention to detail and your “can do” attitude along with Todds like mindedness has created us this sleek sexy house that makes our jaw drop every single time we open the door. It’s such a buzz to see our friends faces when they come visit….more jaw dropping! Nathan, you and your trademen crew are AWESOME!
We would build with you again in a heartbeat!”
Lynda and Todd Miller – Port Douglas, Queensland
"Nathan has helped us with two property renovations and designed us a wonderful house on a unique block. Each time the jobs have been done to the highest standard with amazing attention to detail. Looking forward to our next project with Nathan and his team".
S.Craven – Rocky Point, Queensland
“We were recommended to Nathan Verri after having a very bad experience with another builder. As you can imagine we were sceptical about the whole process particularly as it was our first, but we are happy to say that working with Nathan Verri was a dream. The quality of work was outstanding and the communication exceptional. Nathan was there at every stage of the build, from design, choosing fixtures and fittings right up to the hand over of the keys. We would highly recommend Nathan Verri.“
Nancy & Keith Bevington – Port Douglas, Queensland
"I purchased a one year old house built by Nathan. It is expertly finished. Subsequently he did a modification by creating an extra suite using one third of garage space plus new patio. He started and finished on time with high quality workmanship. He worked in with our landscaper to correct some draining issues cause by original owner. I highly recommend his services."
Sue Taylor – Port Douglas, Queensland
“We would have no hesitation in recommending Nathan Verri ‘Masters of Design & Building’ to anyone undertaking a building project.
Both Nathan and Julie were a joy to work with. Nathan built our dream home when we were located in another state. This you would believe to be a very stressful experience but it was quite the opposite. Regular communication and photo’s kept both builder and client happy.
Nathan designed our home to our requirements and also steered us in the right direction in areas we had not thought of. The attention to detail, the workmanship and guidance we received were outstanding resulting in a fabulous home which everyone comments on. The selection process was an enjoyable day out when we met Nathan in Cairns. The selection available and the companies we were taken to were excellent. We were under no pressure to make a commitment immediately so we could make sure we made the correct choice. We can only thank Nathan, Julie and the team at Nathan Verri for what they have done for us to achieve our goal.
Yours sincerely, very grateful clients.”
Rose & Pete Murray – Cooya Beach, Queensland
“We are happy to recommend Nathan Verri building, consulting, transforming our creative dream home into reality and award winning recognition. Effective communication, attention to detail and flexibility being essential to making the process both successful and enjoyable.”
Steve & Katrina Edmondson – Port Douglas, Queensland