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Fellow of The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, Membership Number 92087.
Graduate of DIT Bolton Street, Dipl. Arch., B.Arch.Sc. Fellow of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. Membership number RIAI 92087.
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I'm really sorry but I have no record of recently seeing a person called emilyjane5, Emily Jane, or even Emily! In any case, I am happy to address each point in turn.
My simple offering is to spend a specified amount of time in your home, dealing with whatever issues you wish me to address. I work quickly and in the moment, so there is no need to send photos of your home in advance.
I ask a number of questions of clients at the start of each consultation, so as to gain an understanding of the house and of the family profile. The profile of a household - number of occupants and the ages and genders of any children - helps me to understand the context of the work that you are planning.
I am occasionally asked to address spaces which are unorthodox in their configuration, which are being used in a way contrary to their original intention and which do not comply with the Building Regulations. Where such a space is located, for example, beneath a sloping, hipped roof and has exceptionally low ceiling heights, the limitations are obvious and unfortunately dictate the restricted ways in which the space can be used.
My own instinct when dealing with such spaces is to seek to improve their functionality by strategies such as relocating a staircase. Should a client express vehement opposition to such an approach, I respect their wishes. In such situations, one can only work with the available space and apply optimal measurements in terms of storage and furnishings. It may well be that the optimal layout equates to an arrangement broadly similar to that which exists. In such cases, the application of improved details and informed measurements should result in a space which flows better and which offers an improved experience for the user.
It can be disappointing to hear advice that is unexpected and that prevents one’s aspirations for a space being realised. For example, that a low ceiling height eliminates the possibility of a Shower Room, that it is desirable to have 2 doors between a kitchen and a toilet/shower room or even that a room does not count as habitable space in terms of regulations. It occasionally arises also that couples differ in their priorities for the work which can compound the stress of finding the best way to deal with a difficult space. Unfortunately, no amount of additional time will be of benefit in overcoming these spatial and other restrictions.
I wish you every success with the work. You should find the freehand, scaled sketches that I prepared showing both the existing space and the agreed, optimal layout invaluable in communicating your wishes to any tradesmen that I recommended in the course of the consultation.