Solar Power – Is it worth it?

There are a few questions I can always count on when meeting with new clients. Whether the project is a new custom home or an addition to an already existing structure, green home design and energy savings is on most clients minds. Though there are many green home solutions available today, the most frequent question I am asked is, “what is your experience with solar power and is it worth the investment?” I can easily answer this question because our firm has a great deal of experience in green home design, having incorporated countless systems into our custom homes. More importantly is my personal experience with solar power, as I have solar panels on my own home. The answer is an absolute YES!

My home was built at the end of 2010 and like all the homes we design, we detail out provisions in our construction documents to build in the necessary items needed to add solar power in the future. A few hundred dollars is the total cost for these provisions. If these are not done, it could cost a lot more because you will have to rip into your walls and roof in order to install after the house is built. We added solar to our home a year after we moved in.

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Telling The Truth To Clients About Their Budget

Designing and building a custom home represents a major investment, and this process must be truthful with respect to the budget that the client sets.

Each client has a budget, whether it be 400 thousand or 4 million, and this is a threshold they do not want to knowingly cross. The problem may arise when a client’s desires exceed what they want to spend. As an architect, it is my responsibility to create amazing architecture that suits the clients needs, wants, wishes and most importantly, their budget.

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28 Client Reviews Below

Soloway Designs is proud of the level of quality we provide each of our clients and believe the feedback we receive is evidence of our commitment to client satisfaction. Below we share testimonials provided by our clients and hope they provide insight about our company and our dedication to quality, creativity and the art of design. The team at Soloway Designs values the relationships we have nurtured with all of our clients and welcome your feedback. If you would like to share your experience with Soloway Designs, we invite you to write us. We’ve made it easy for you to connect with us through the online form on our contact page.


Berg Residence

My wife and I were referred to Marc Soloway by a friend when we were looking for an Architect to design our custom home. After spending about an hour with Marc talking to him and looking at his portfolio and we knew we were at the right place. Marc did an amazing job guiding us through the process and helping us put on paper our dream that we had in our heads. Once we started construction we had one very minor problem on our plans, which wasn’t bad for a 6,000 + square foot home, and Marc quickly jumped in and corrected it. We have lived in our house for a few years now and we constantly have people ask us who designed it and we are happy to tell them that Marc at Soloway Designs did! Chad Berg


Lucas Residence

We used Marc to design and oversee the building of our home, We cannot say enough about his creativity professionalism or ethics! A wonderful young man who is capable of designing, overseeing, and beautifully completing any size project. We remain friends to this day. Madeleine Lucas


Pučić Residence

One day I came across work designed by Marc right on the site Houzz. I was looking for an idea.  I was looking how to make my home in a place where dominates the peace and harmony of nature. I needed a person who can contemplate the modernity of modern life with nature, without making either of the two dominant. The place of which I speak is located in Croatia, for exactness in Istria. I had a feeling that the right man would be Marc. I wrote an email and he answered me immediately. From then, even with the distance, we worked without any problems. Marc is an Architect who asks you a thousand questions in order to fully understand you and your family and he also knows what to do with the answers. The best thing is when he tells you that it will be ready by a certain date on that date you receive the job as promised. Tomislav Pučić