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  • "Christopher Arelt worked with us to entirely renovate and remodel our Connecticut home, in a way both visionary and entirely practical. We wanted a crafted, beautifully simple, and serene space inspired by coastal New England, along with an ADA-compliant home that works for young and old, including a power wheelchair user. Chris employs his deep knowledge in a creative, open-minded way, but always with focus, discipline and detail, listening closely to our wants and needs. He is simply great to work with. We are moving toward completion of the project currently, and look forward to enjoying a timeless home for a lifetime, combining modernity, tradition, local influences and a character that is unmistakably our own."

    Stephanie and Ron, Essex, CT

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  • "Chris at Nautilus Architects possesses a sixth sense to know exactly what you want in your architectural design. His keen insight also provides you with options to capture exact direction you visualized for your plans. I highly recommend Chris and Nautilus Architects."

    Paul, Westbrook, CT

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  • "As a General Contractor working in NYC for 20 years, I've worked with many Architects and often directly with homeowners. The smoothest projects, the ones I strive to work on, are those that employ a creative and professional Architect who has both experience and also a passion for good design. Chris Arelt of Nautilus Architects is such an Architect. I have now worked on several projects with him in Manhattan and they have all been successful. The craftsmanship and attention to detail has been possible largely due to Chris' strong sense of design coupled with a quick response to questions and a flexibility that's needed in the Manhattan marketplace. Working in pre-war apartments has many challenges but with smart design and teamwork we have been able to build classic spaces that are truly beautiful and functional. Success is delivering these designs true to its original design intent and with ergonomics often reserved for larger spaces. On top of being a great Architect, Chris is wonderful communicator and a real pleasure to work with. We hope to collaborate again in the near future."

    Joseph, New York, NY

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  • "As graphic designers we have for many years worked with Nautilus Architects on numerous projects and all kinds of designs, from straightforward to highly complex. It is always a pleasure to be involved in one of their projects: they are creative, fun, and experimental, and they are also so open-minded and inclusive in the design process. It truly becomes a group effort, and that yields the best results. We always look forward to the next chance to be involved in a Nautilus Architects project!"

    Phil, Deep River, CT

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  • "I met Chris Arelt of Nautilus Architects several years ago in a LEED course and have worked on many of his projects since. Chris' sense of design, from traditional to contemporary is top notch and his ability to work with his clients to turn their dreams into reality is impressive. He's passionate about his work and is able to blend different materials on projects to achieve a look that is unique and in tune with the clients' vision. As a pre-cast concrete and stone contractor his designs always challenge me and I look forward to working with him on many more projects in the future."

    Dave, CT

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  • "We are a custom woodworking outfit that fabricates and installs fine cabinetry and millwork for projects throughout the Northeast. We have had the opportunity to be involved with a number of projects designed by Nautilus Architects, and it is always a privilege. For one, their designs are consistently inventive and fresh, custom to each project in the truest sense. For another, their designs are thoughtfully conceived and considered down to the finest details, which yields the best possible finished product. Designs by Nautilus Architects rank among our favorite projects and we look forward to many more!"

    Custom Cut Interiors, Old Saybrook, CT

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  • "Working with actual professionals is not always a certainty in the residential construction industry. That is why I have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunities I have had to work with Nautilus. Chris Arelt's designs are thoughtfully focused on the creation of meaningful living spaces, and he carries that same thoughtful focus into executing the project itself. In my experience choosing to work with someone who is passionate about the work and therefore completely understands and foresees the details will almost always save you time and money. That describes Chris Arelt."

    Chris, Landscape Specialties, Essex, CT

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  • "In twenty-five plus years of experience with Christopher as a fellow professional and colleague, I can honestly say I have never met a more talented designer -- and I am comparing him to his Yale classmates as well as professionals on the East coast, West coast, and in the Midwest. Trust him and let his creativity work for you!"

    Mark, CT

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  • "Christopher is an adept architect with an excellent eye for detail. He is an excellent listener and affords clients with flexibility and creative ideas. A consummate professional, always punctual, and a phenomenal problem solver. Would highly recommend for a myriad of design styles."

    Monique, Old Lyme, CT

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  • "Chris worked with us to remodel our home in Greenwich, weaving modern conveniences and our personal preferences into his design while maintaining the historical charm of a Victorian house built in 1887. We were immediately impressed by Chris's natural artistic talent and sharp eye for detail, traits that were a deciding factor when we hired him. Happily, our instincts proved correct as Chris employed his skills at each stage of the project, consistently offering beautifully clever solutions whenever form appeared to conflict with function. As the project progressed, Chris’s passion and the professionalism that stemmed from that were equally impressive. A well-spoken, clear thinking problem solver, Chris was prepared at every turn and was readily available to meet at any time or location to ensure the project’s success. Chris’s professional integrity and reputation have enabled him to forge relationships with many of the top professionals in the industry, ensuring his clients that his creative designs will become reality. We would highly recommend Chris for any project."

    Jeff and Kate, Old Greenwich, CT

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  • "We have worked on several projects with Chris. He is a resourceful architect with fresh and imaginative ideas and a can-do attitude who constantly challenges us in a good way with his designs. Chris’ talents are limitless and his skills run the gamut from modern to traditional. He is meticulous, exceptionally detail oriented and dedicated to the project from beginning to end."

    Kate, West Hartford, CT

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  • "Working with Chris is like working with an artist at heart. Passion, vision, attention to detail, strong use of materials, and the right balance of form and function. With so many options to improve the property (and we explored them all) Chris came back each time with strong ideas, designs, and composition for the multiple buildings on the hill side. We highly recommend Nautilus Architects."

    Regan, CT

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  • "I have worked with Nautilus on and off for a few years on different projects. For this one, I was asked to give a photograph (I am an art photographer) to be used on the wall of the new kitchen. The wall is stunning and the work was immaculate, inventive, and unique. I would recommend Nautilus Architects without a second thought."

    Alice, New York, NY

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  • "We are very proud to have been chosen by Chris Arelt and Nautilus Architects. Chris has an amazing vision for what is possible and his drawings are great to work from. The last project we did for Chris was one of the best transformations we have ever done. Not only was the end result dramatic and beautiful, but the transformation from what Chris's clients bought to what Chris turned it into was just as dramatic. Chris is innovative in his ideas but practical in the field when working through issues with us in order to get the best results for his client. As a builder, we can't wait to work for Chris again!"

    Eric, Branford CT

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  • "We are master stonemasons who pride ourselves on expertise, attention to detail, creativity and customer service. It's our belief that the best projects are those that involve other professionals who share our values. In the architecture department that is certainly Chris Arelt and Nautilus. They consistently designed the top buildings in the region and we always look forward to being involved in the next one. Their level of service to the client, including important regular interaction with the builder and craftsmen, make such a difference in the process and the end product." Marc Evankow Master Stonemason

    Marc, Lyme, CT

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  • "Chris Arelt designed a total interior & exterior renovation for our shoreline home abutting a salt marsh. He demonstrated an expertise in synthesizing our ideas with his creativity, resulting in a remarkable transformation. After developing a vision, Chris successfully navigated us through a number of decisions with the design, contractors, materials, as well as colors. He was always very conscientious of our personal tastes and patiently balanced them with his designs. The finished exterior now blends perfectly with the natural surroundings with amazing views from the inside rooms, and our family & friends love it. We would highly recommend Chris for your project."

    Doug, CT

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  • "My wife and I hired Nautilus to design and build out our kitchen/living room area. We had a general idea of what we wanted, but we are both busy and didn't want it to become a quagmire of decisions for us. They listened to our vision, made suggestions, developed the schema plans (or whatever you call them), and did a beautiful job. Would recommend them."

    Mike, CT

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  • "Chris is a true partner in design. He worked with us on our major house remodel and was pivotal to achieving a combined vision for our home transformation. This was the first time we had worked with an architect and we were uncertain what to expect. Instead of a dictatorial "I'm an Architect, I know best", we were delighted to find he was intensely collaborative. He also makes you feel that you are his only clients, even though he's busy with other projects. Chris is also very adaptable. Instead of having a 'trademark style', he is able to work with many aesthetic sensibilities - which I've witnessed with his other builds. The 'style' he chooses is one that works for you as a client. Of course, the final design is always beautiful and mindful of proportion, flow, materials and practicality. Chris Arelt is a rare talent; highly recommended."

    Michael and Barbara, Old Lyme, CT

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  • "Chris and I worked together for many months to develop and implement the design of my seaside condominium in a renovated factory. His ideas were fresh and creative while respectful of the legacy of the building. My home was simple and open; but details like pilasters, crown molding, hand blown glass panes, wood choices, glass tiles, and so much more made it a sophisticated dwelling. Chris' attention to things like schematics, plans, specifications, scheduling, and production were amazing and saved the day when the project sometimes went off track. And... He's a great guy."

    Jim, Stonington, CT

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  • "My wife and I hired Chris to help us design and build a new home. This was our first time with a new home and the magnitude of a whole house build was intimidating. Chris has made this process as smooth and easy as possible. His designs and attention to detail are unlike anything I have experienced. With any project communication is key. Chris knows this and is always above board."

    Mike, Waterford, CT

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  • "We hired Chris again for two bathroom renovations in 2012. Chris listened to our goals for both projects and brought excellent insights to the designs which greatly enhanced our interior space."

    Bill and Joan, Essex, CT

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  • "From the outset, working with Chris was terrific; he is smart, funny and easygoing. He assisted in selecting materials, educating us along the way on how each choice would interact other elements of the house."

    Jeanie, New York

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  • "Chris Arelt is a grad of Yale School of Architecture, and his knowledge and creativity show in the results of this project. The details and custom cabinetry are superb - he listened to our needs and wants, and got it right! "

    Jack and Claudia, Essex, CT