From start to finish, the service provided was outstanding. Paul is highly efficient, an excellent communicator and has great vision. Obstacles were overcome quickly and effectively. Paul’s knowledge of local rules and restrictions is excellent. We would not hesitate to recommend him to others.
Mr & Mrs W, Darras Hall, Ponteland
Ely Architects were recommended to us by local friends, and as total novice part self-builders we needed all the help we could get. Paul has assisted us with two projects now. During the design process he went above and beyond to help us understand what was achievable and acceptable with the site and local constraints. He also advised and articulated clearly what would cause issues and where the cost variables could be in the proposed designs. During the planning phase Paul’s help was instrumental in guiding us and helping us successfully through the local Darras Hall planning process, and a complex Planning Inspectorate appeals process (after NCC rejected our initial planning submission). Without Ely Architects we would not be in a position to start the next phase of our build and we can’t recommend them highly enough to anyone looking for architecture services.
Mr & Mrs T, Darras Hall, Ponteland
ELY Architects were engaged by us to assist with designing and collating a full design package for a 650 SQM villa (internal area) in Cap d’Antibes, France and tender and manage the full procurement and building works program. We are London based and having Paul as a native English speaker and being based in both countries made the project a success and enabled true turn-key delivery.
Fordgate Group, Property Developers, London
Ely Architects were really easy to work with and helped us to shape and make possible the ideas that we had to extend and open up the back of our house. The plans helped us to visualise and understand the size and movement we would have around the new space and source quotes from builders and get through the planning process easily. The design and subsequent build has completely transformed the downstairs living space in our house from a traditional semi-detached living space to a modern, open plan area. We would highly recommend Ely Architects.
Mr & Mrs D, County Durham
We chose Paul Ely Architects because we were impressed with how committed Paul was to helping us extend our 100 year old home sympathetically. He gave us plenty of ideas and guidance on how to create space and flow internally, suitable for busy family living. He listened carefully to our concerns around not wanting to spoil the front elevation of the house and came up with a design that achieved a traditional look from the front yet allowing some modern touches to the rear. We are absolutely delighted at the results. It’s always a big step - and investment - to build an extension but we had every confidence that the design would be worth it.
Mr & Mrs G, Darras Hall, Ponteland
The prospect of developing any aspect of your home is a daunting one. From the initial meeting until planning permission was granted Paul Ely and Ely Architects were on hand to reassure us, answering any query we had and doing so promptly. Bringing a wealth of experience and creativity to the project Paul explored a number of options to meet our needs whilst at all times mindful of the challenging planning requirements of our location. Without hesitation we would recommend anyone considering utilising an architect to realise their vision to speak with Paul and Ely Architects.
Mr & Mrs E, Darras Hall, Ponteland
Ely Architects have done a brilliant job in securing our planning permission for the renovations and changes to our home. Paul is extremely knowledgeable with regards to local planning regulations in the area which can be more challenging as there is a separate estate committee to be consulted on top of the local county council. Paul we found to be extremely professional but also very personable and listened to our specific requirements. We have no hesitation in recommending Ely Architects and its services.
Ms B, Darras Hall, Ponteland
Paul was extremely helpful, he listened and advised us on aspects that were sticking points. He spent time adjusting drawings and making sure our needs were met in the best way possible. Fast forward a further 2 years, we are thrilled with our new home! The design and layout has maintained a homely feel, whilst giving space and all areas of our home are utilised daily. Paul has great design ideas, as well as practical resolutions and what I love most is there is no wasted space in the property. He is approachable, friendly and most important listens to requirements and is able to turn ideas into drawings and ultimately a reality. We wouldn’t use anyone else moving forward even if that means waiting.
Mr & Mrs R, Northumberland