Borelli Client Testimonials


Client Testimonials

tahoe-Tyrolian-Village-Ski-Chalet“Jim is a brilliant architect and a pleasure to work with. He has the wonderful ability to take your ideas and create outstanding home designs. His knowledge of the complex permit and approval requirements for Lake Tahoe take the pain out of the application process too.”

“I would highly recommend him.”
— Gary & Therese Gardner

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“We met Jim in 2014 during my interviews with architects for rebuilding a new home in the  Rubicon area. Jim sounded the most logical, knowledgeable and cost conscious from all the architects  interviewed and in came on board in November 2014.  We are in the final stages of permitting and Jim has been the rod in the middle of everything to get all the permits in place to start construction phase soon. Jim is very experienced architect, with good knowledge of the area  and a good listener.  Whenever we had an ideas he would take it and build on it for better results.”

“We are very happy  to have him in the team and he has been the key for everything.”
–Sebon and Varti Vartanian

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“Jim worked closely with us to build our dream expansion. He is well versed in zoning and permitting issues, getting both completed expeditiously. He is knowledgeable in local building codes, shepherding plans thru the approval process.”

“Overall Jim was effective and highly responsive.”
–Sandra Cath and David Contis

Ski-On/Ski-Out Custom Family Lodge in Northstar by Borelli Architecture“We used Jim Borelli to design a home for us in Tahoe at Northstar.  We chose him over two other architects and are really glad we did!   He is smart, creative, tech savvy, and really easy to work with.  He is always prepared and on time to meetings.  One of the things we appreciated the most about Jim is the fact that he is willing to listen to ideas we have and change the design if something isn’t working for us.  He also is well regarded and well respected by our contractor and foreman which helps make the job run more smoothly.”

“We would definitely use him again should the opportunity present itself.”
–Andrew and Denise Armanino

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“We bought our 1972 fixer in the fall of 2011 realizing that it would need an extensive interior remodel, general upgrade and garage addition. A year later we contacted Jim.  He was very patient and agreeable working with us over the course of several years accommodating our time schedule.   His knowledge of the local building regulations was clearly evident as TRPA approval and the permitting process proceeded swiftly and without difficulty and he directed us to an excellent general contractor.  He solved every problem and was able to incorporate all of our ideas into a very handsome and functional design.”

“We were very pleased with the result and process.”
–Jack and Bobbe Stehr

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“We were looking for an Architect that could bring the “Tahoesque” cabin vision we were trying to achieve with a 39 year old home we purchased in South Lake Tahoe. In addition, we wanted to give our second home some much needed exterior Tahoe charm, as well as, making this our “go to” retreat with giving it a 2nd Master Bedroom and Master Bath on the main floor and adding a mudroom and a garage. What was also extremely important to us was to find an Architect who was responsive and who understood the TRPA (Tahoe Regional Planning Association) requirements. Well, Jim Borelli was our guy to do just that!”

“Jim listened and was instrumental in bringing our vision and dream of our Tahoe retreat get-a-away to life!”
–Bill and Gaylene Hall


615 Woodridge Before and After“Jim has been a partner from the beginning in our home renovation/redesign process. Before we even purchased our home, Jim advised us as to the feasibility of implementing our design ideas. He assured us that the very dated, dark mountain cabin we were considering could be turned into the wonderfully modern that fitted our design aesthetic and Lake Tahoe lifestyle. And then his design made it a reality! His plan opened up what had previously been a claustrophobic low ceiling home from the 60’s to a contemporary design with open views out to Lake Tahoe – a view we weren’t even completely aware we had! Throughout the construction process Jim was there to make certain that the house that was being built was consistent with the design. When the inevitable construction realities required real time design changes, Jim was there to advise on what work arounds were feasible and what design alternatives could be implemented.”

“The result is a house that we absolutely love and are proud and excited to come home to every day.”
– Jeff and Peggy Poindexter

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“We used Jim Borelli for a kitchen and partial bath remodel several years ago. One of the things that most impressed us with Jim was his willingness to listen to what we wanted our kitchen to be –as opposed to only using his thoughts and ideas. As we were moving here from out of state, we also really appreciated Jim’s knowledge of the local building codes and environmental restrictions in the Tahoe Basin. His ‘inside knowledge’ made a huge difference in how smoothly our project ran. Jim was always more than timely with our requests and deadlines and overall he was a pleasure to work with.”

“We look forward to using him again when we get to stage two of our update.”
– Sharon and Kevin Schrage

1-tahoe-residential-remodel-architect“Jim transformed what we referred to as our “big red box” of a house into a beautiful mountain retreat. He worked within the footprint of the existing space with the exception of a new entryway. He maximized the space and views beyond what we had thought was possible. Jim is extremely easy to communicate with as we were 2700 miles away during most of the process. He was timely with the project and did a great job in understanding our style, construction budget and things that were important to us. Additionally, he did an excellent job in managing planning permits and other necessary paperwork with the local agencies. He was also instrumental in helping us pick a General Contractor who was a perfect match for us and our project. The final product ended up being much more than what we thought we could do within our budget. He has great vision and was able to convince us of a few things we weren’t completely sure of and now we can’t imagine it any other way.”

“Jim has a way of understanding how to maximize space, incorporate personal style and create a home that feels like it belongs in Tahoe.”
– Wayne and Karen Marino

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“We recently bought our home in Incline Village and it was a complete fixer-upper from top to bottom which included moving the kitchen from the second floor to the third floor, building out new bedrooms and bathrooms and completely new layouts. We were in need of a reputable architect and we were referred to Jim Borelli. Right off the bat, we communicated that we need the plans within a tight time frame and Jim was able to make it work and deliver on time. In addition to delivering the plans needed to start the project on time, he was very knowledgeable and had a great input. Jim worked very closely on our behalf with our contractor, the city and structural engineers to make sure everything stayed on schedule.”

“We highly recommend Jim Borelli for your next project.”
– Yann and Veronica Phung

1-200Harbor-BA1“A few years ago I did an extensive remodel of my house in Brockway. Before I started I interviewed several local architects. Jim won hands down! From the very beginning I could see that he had a good sense of design but was totally open to my ideas. He was very aware of keeping the project within my budget. He even had a contractor friend out to see if the project was feasible before we signed the contract. Jim helped me find a great contractor and was available for questions during the construction.”

“In the end we completely transformed my house from a 70s ugly to a charming home that I love. Nobody can believe that it the same house!”
– Josselyn Robertson

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“Jack and I were hesitant about the “expense” of using an architect for a simple entry addition. However, the expertise that Jim Borelli brought to our project made that investment a wise one. Not only does our addition have structural integrity, it has style! And Jim was there with us till the day it was completed.”

“Our flat, boxy exterior is now a mountain home that makes us smile every time we open the front door.”
– Sharon Love

“In Dec. of 2011 we purchased a gutted foreclosure in Reno, Nevada that Jim had designed in 2006. We contacted Jim to find out what he knew of the history and he gladly helped us determine if there were any serious faults with the construction that was started . We contracted with Jim to redo the existing plans, field measure the structure and redesign several areas that were modified from the original. Jim’s ideas and plans turned out better than we expected and we finished the remodel in 2013. This house has met all our expectations and its design is the hit of the neighborhood, one of the best high end gated communities in Reno.”

“We love the house, the views of the city and lake , the design and enjoyed working closely with him.”
– Chuck Harder

467-Driver-Tahoe-BA“I retained Jim Borelli to design/redesign three houses in Incline Village between the years of 2002 and 2007. Mr. Borelli performed admirably in all respects. He was prompt, creative, direct and responsible in seeing each phase of development through to conclusion.”

“I would use him again and heartily recommend him for your consideration.”
– John Wingo
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Lakeshore-architect-tahoe-shoreline-01“Our experience working with Jim was exceptional from start to finish. His greatest strengths are his rich experience as an architect, his ability to translate vision into reality and his project and people management skills.”

“We would highly recommend Jim for any architectural project, small or large.”
– Cathy & Alex Mendez.
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Architect-Tahoe-Basin-01“In June, 2006, my wife and I contracted with Jim Borelli to design a somewhat contemporary mountain home for us, at 587 Fallen Leaf Way, here in Incline Village. We had purchased an existing home, and the plan was to gut and rebuild it, expanding the footprint, and changing floor plans on all three levels. The scope of Jim’s work included designing the home, drawing the plans, helping in the selection of a general contractor, and periodic inspection of the contractor’s work through completion. My wife and I were totally satisfied with Jim’s work. Neither I, nor the contractor, Mandeville Construction, ever felt we were being delayed by Jim. To the contrary, his work was timely, creative, and professional. Feel free to give the contractor, Richard Mandeville, a call (775-831-4488). As we were gutting a 30 year old home, we ran into some structural issues in bringing it into compliance with current building codes. Jim understood the issues, connected us with the proper engineering professionals, and followed up to make sure the issues were dealt with efficiently. Jim’s billing was always timely (monthly) and accurate. As our project invariably expanded, he worked efficiently, and the billing did not expand appreciably.”

“My wife and I were totally satisfied with Jim’s work.”
– Scott and Nancy Harris
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borelli-tahoe-architect-155-wassou-01“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Jim on a substantial remodel and addition project in Crystal Bay, NV. Jim took a concept and created an amazing design which exceeded my expectations. As a first-time owner-builder, I found that Jim knowledge and experience have been instrumental in guiding me through the difficult process of building in Tahoe.”

“I would highly recommend Jim for any new build or renovation project.”
– Tim Sauer
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898-Tyner-Tahoe-home-remodel-incline“I sought out Jim Borelli, from a home that I found in Crystal Bay, that he had designed. My home was dated and not at all appealing on the outside. Jim transformed it into an exceptional architectural jewel. We are totally satisfied with the end product and with Jim’s manner in doing business.”

“I would recommend him without reservation.”
– Gene Luni
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borelli-architect-tahoe-meeks-bay-1“In 2012, James Borelli completed the architecture and plans for our family vacation home overlooking Lake Tahoe. Provided with only a general outline of requirements, and a challenging site, Jim produced a design that exceeded our expectations for efficiency, functionality, and aesthetics. The home design and appearance fits beautifully in the Lake Tahoe setting. The design process and interaction with Jim has gone smoothly with no disconnects in communication or interpretation of change requests. For our project, additional professionals (Surveyor, Hydrologist, Soil Engineer, Structural Engineer) recommended by Jim have also provided high quality, on-time service. Jim navigated the permit review and approval process for us, and recommended four contractors, all of whom were well qualified to build the home.”

“With our contractor selected, construction is under-way.”
– Andrew and Teresa Hanlon
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Builder Testimonials

“Jim Borelli and I have been associated in the Incline Village Construction field for over 30 years.  Jim is a highly qualified and talented Architect, and always available to help address field discovery and help with Value Engineering at each step of the building process.  Truth be told, Jim is easily approachable, open to input  and a Credit to the Industry.”

“I always enjoy being invited to participate on a James Borelli Project.”
–James Costalupes, General Engineering, General Contracting. Nevada and California


“I own a local flooring and window covering business and recently had a client who needed some major structural remodels due to snow weight loads partially collapsing a wrap around deck. This is completely out of my expertise. I heard about Jim Borelli through a local business group called Tahoe Business Exchange. My client called him and he was able to fit her in and had a quote to her within 24 hours. I was working on an install when he came by. I was quite impressed with his friendly and professional manner. He was quickly able to assess the situation and describe in layman’s terms what went wrong and how to properly fix it. He even had some suggestions on how to expand the house without going over the current coverage allotment. (Any of you home owners who have had to deal with TRPA will appreciate Jim’s efforts to make the permit process easy.) As another business owner in Incline Village.”

“I was really impressed that Jim was courteous, clean cut, and prompt in all of his dealing with myself and my client.”
– Cristlyn Rousseau, Sowing Basil Flooring and Interior Design

“My customers and I were very satisfied with the Architectural Services provided by Jim Borelli. He always listened to us carefully, responded to our concerns and worked within our budget. He never pushed his ideas or opinions on us unless he sensed that we wanted or needed help. His work was timely, his attitude professional, and we are very pleased with the quality and comprehensiveness of his final product.”

“We would recommend him highly to anyone looking for architectural services.”
– Jason Hummel, Hummel Construction

“My name is Mark Hollerbach and I am a builder in the North Tahoe Area. What I like about Jim Borelli’s projects besides cool architecture, is that they are very professional, accurate, and complete.”

“Jim has great ideas and an ability to create exciting designs. It is always nice to participate with quality work!”
Thanks, Jim.
-Mark Hollerbach

“Jim has been the architect on numerous residential projects in the Incline Village/Lake Tahoe area and we find him to be very thorough and thoughtful . He prides himself in a quality, finished project, and consistently exceeds his clients’ expectations as far as their budget and design requirements.”

“We really enjoy working with Jim.”
– Bill Rentsch, Owner Bill Rentsch Construction Co., Inc.

“My name is Paul Franklin and I have owned and operated my own residential construction business, Franklin Builders Company, for thirty years in Incline Village, Nevada. During the past several years I have had the pleasure to work with Jim Borelli, A.LA., on several projects involving small remodels, complete residential projects and commercial renovations. His plans have always been of the highest quality and all projects have been completed beyond everyone’s expectations. Jim is extremely cooperative with owners and builders and always remains open-minded to changes and innovations which are more often encountered in remodel and renovation work. In addition, Jim Borelli and I were, for many years, active members of The Incline Village Architectural and Review Committee here at Lake Tahoe.”

“His input was extremely valuable regarding plan review and interpretation of Incline’s C.C.& R.s.”
– Paul Franklin

“My company, John Brink Custom Homes, has been building and remodeling high end custom homes in the Tahoe/Reno area since 1977. We take great pride in providing our clients with the highest level of quality and distinctive personal service. I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Borelli on various custom residential projects in the Lake Tahoe area dating back to 1992. I have always found him to be professional, prompt and a pleasure to work with, along with being very detail and quality orientated. Jim and I both share a common philosophy as it relates to the construction process; that the process is a team effort between architect, general contractor and owner, and that the success of the project is directly related to the efficiency and synergy of the team. Jim has proven his commitment to this team approach on numerous occasions and the projects have benefited as a result. I would highly recommend Jim for your project. I have no doubts that should you select him as your architect, you will enjoy working with him as much as I have and you will be highly satisfied with his design capabilities as well as his ability to address construction related issues in a timely and professional manner.”

“I would highly recommend Jim for your project.”
– John Brink, John Brink Custom Homes

“As a General Contractor, working with Jim Borelli has been in a word, refreshing. He incorporates ideas into his designs that result in highly functional and inviting spaces. Most jobs have unforeseeable problems and Jim is great to work with because he is very approachable and open to my ideas in solving these issues, resulting timely solutions and cost savings for owners.”

“Mick Horn, General Contractor”
– The Michael Horn Co, Inc.