“Building our first home was a daunting prospect, we had a great site which demanded an impressive and bespoke home. We looked at the work Darren and the team at O’Neil Architecture had created and saw plenty of features we liked. Meeting with Darren we were immediately made comfortable with Darren getting a quick and accurate appreciation of the key elements we needed and added his ideas to build on these needs. There was so much we needed to consider but each and every detail was worked through effectively building into a cohesive design we had complete faith in.

Darren took the time to show us clients homes (a huge thanks to his clients also). This really helped us to visualise ideas and key elements, there were no demands to rush decisions.

Who could work with O’Neil’s and us to make this a reality?

Working with Darren we selected Mark & Ali Metzger of Metzger Builders Ltd and this proved to be a great collaboration. Mark & Ali knew what Darren wanted and added their own flair truly complimenting Darren’s work. We could not be happier with our home and wouldn’t change anything. Thank you to Darren and all the O’Neil’s team, you have delivered a faultless result.”

Stuart & Sandra Wright

Moureeses Bay House“We had been living overseas for more than twenty years when we came across an amazing property in Moureeses Bay in Northland. Darren had previously designed two homes for us and was our first choice for this new project. Although on two acres there was only a small steep area permitted for building because of historical archaeological sites and strict environmental Council requirements and regulations, all of which was challenging and needed a sensitive perspective.

Darren and his team have designed us an award winning home for our retirement. It sits timelessly and almost invisibly in the hills amongst 500 year old pohutukawa trees overlooking the ocean. It has been much admired and accepted by the local community which is not always the case in these notable coastal landscape areas.

Darren has great skill and feel for what he does, we admire his work greatly and unreservedly recommend him.”

Bruce & Jan Fraser

“O’Neil Architecture’s approach to designing our new home was to first listen to our ideas and our way of living then turn those ideas into an impressive functional, yet elegant design. Our initial concerns with future proofing and designing a house to be as earthquake safe as possible were discussed thoroughly and covered as standard practice. Throughout the whole process Darren was there to answer our questions, settle our nerves, and keep us in the loop.

We were impressed at his attention to detail, and construction knowledge which really made the whole process from start to finish hassle free. O’Neil Architecture exceeded our expectations and we won’t have any hesitation in using them again or recommending their work.”

Tony Treleaven

“DJ Hewitt Builders have been working with O’Neil Architecture for the past few years, and have found Darren and the O’ Neil Architecture’s team both innovative and practical. The drawings are always easy to follow, and with the computer systems, the 3-D images are very helpful to both builder and client. Being a client myself, I am well impressed with their services and charges, and would not hesitate to recommend them.”

Daryl Hewitt


“Over the years we have been captivated by O’Neil Architecture’s designs. Recently we have had the pleasure of sharing our dreams with Darren who along with Team O’Neil translated them in a pragmatic way into architectural plans that not only look beautiful but are cost effective and now ready to be built into reality. Throughout the process we have been guided with gentleness and grace and with the feeling that we have been listened to. Hearing “leave it to us“ is very reassuring. We feel very inspired and exhilarated as we now wait for the next step of our home to unfold.

Thank you Darren and Team O’Neil, you are the best.”

Diane White and Michael Day


“When first deciding to build I considered a number of Christchurch designers whose work appealed. Upon meeting with Darren of O’Neil Architecture and his team to discuss my overall requirements, I was most impressed. They listened to my vision and requirements and turned them into a home that is comfortable, beautiful and future-proof.

After agreeing to a design, Darren and his team helped me with the rest of the decision making process, the work began and was completed on time and within budget. The design and build has far exceeded my expectations.  I am absolutely thrilled with my lovely home.

My sincere thanks to Darren and team O’Neil for a superb design. O’Neil Architecture come with my highest recommendation.”

Heather Burgess