The online design clinic experience worked as well for me and I would recommend it as an alternative to a home visit. I shared photos and measurements beforehand as well as the general scope of my extension needs and ideas.
The first part of our discussion was based on my wishlist for my extension and how I intended to use the space, and talking online about this was very straightforward. When it came to putting ideas down on paper, I did feel that this would be more challenging to do online, but by doing a screenshare Patti was easily able to sketch and talk me through different options.
At the end of our session (which we split into two segments to accommodate a break from the laptop), I came away with a clear idea of how my new space should look and the next day Patti shared drawings based on our clinic discussion that I can now take to builders for cost estimates.
We have great satisfaction of how Patti maximises the use of the sun from early in the morning till late in the evening, which saves on our fuel bills and is good for the environment. Mostly, however, there is a sense of well being from living in a house where the sun is going through all day. We would never had envisioned the home that we have without Patti's professional advice. Overall we found the service superb.
We had our Design Clinic conducted over Skype due to Covid 19. Patti really captured what we were looking to achieve and how best we could integrate this into our home. We didn’t lose any of the value of Patti’s brilliant Design Clinic concept, we just didn’t get to meet her in person! Our end product design is exactly what we need. Many thanks Patti.
We had discussed altering our home and had come up with lots of ideas, but we needed some clarity in the form of expert advice. Patti listened to our requirements, assessed the house and came up with lots of ideas, that were both practical and creative. At the end of the day Patti left us with a plan that was exactly what we were hoping for! We are thrilled with the outcome and would highly recommend Patti to anyone seeking to improve their home.
We discussed at length what I wanted and what I needed. This process was not easy for me but with Patti’s patience and encouragement and at the end of a very long day I had a plan I really liked.
Thank you sincerely Patti.
Thinking of making an old house your ideal home? Maybe you have bought an old property that touched at your heartstrings, but you don’t know how to make it into a home for modern living without destroying its special character? Maybe you are living in an old property and you want to make it more compatible with your needs and the demands of daily life?
As an experienced and award-winning RIAI registered architect accredited in building conservation, I, Patti O’Neill, principal at O’Neill Architecture, can give you the design solution and the professional advice you need. And my unique Conservation Design Clinic is the ideal way of gaining from my experience without committing to a contract that lasts the length of the building works.
My role as your architect is to get the best out of your old building so that what you love becomes the heart of your new home. Also to help you avoid having to throw away money on the type of easy solutions that are all too commonplace.
Key to this is, primarily, making sure you get full use of the building you have, and minimizing what is then needed to be added. Too often people love their old house but end up adding on what is in effect a second house because they can’t see how to adapt what they have to modern living.