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Our client purchased this property fully aware of the potential which it offered for improvement and enhancement, particularly with regard to exploiting the beautiful and far reaching views over the valley at the rear, by creating a living space within the roof. The house already contained a lined attic space, but the addition of a staircase accessed directly from the hall and a large dormer window (with glazed side windows) has transformed this room into a light and airy office and studio space from which the beautiful landscape and wildlife can be enjoyed. Our client has hugely improved and enhanced the property throughout, but it is the dormer window and the views it captures which is the striking feature both inside and out.

“During 2011 we purchased a bungalow which, potentially, had a stunning view. However, to optimise the outlook we had to utilise the loft space in the property which was the home to a number of Serrotine bats. Having talked to a number of architects about the project we contracted Paul Ferdinand, of Oriel Architecture, to design the new space for us.

Initially, Paul extracted our requirements for the renovation after which he produced a very clear and concise document giving us his terms of reference. These were very flexible and the costs were very reasonable.

The design process proceeded quickly but with plenty of interaction between us. Paul is a bit of an artist and so he was able to give us quick sketches of his proposals which we found most helpful. The bats created challenges but he dealt with the ecologist and the final solution posed very few limitations on our requirements.

Although we selected the contractor to undertake the construction Paul fully briefed him on the concept and details of the work. The builder was full of praise for the quality of the plans which he said were easy to work with and very accurate.”

We are very satisfied with the finished product which has more than met our expectations. Paul is a very likeable person who has shown himself to be an imaginative and professional architect. We would certainly recommend the services of Oriel Architecture to others
Mr & Mrs D, Marnhull, Dorset
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