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MTessa & Mark Sanders-Barwick – Puffin Cottage, Above Town, Dartmouth

After searching for many months for our ideal home in Dartmouth, we discovered Puffin Cottage and were immediately captivated by the views. However, the property was smaller than our needs and whilst we had a vision for the living space we needed an architect to advise on whether our wishes were achievable and, more importantly, affordable.

Qube came highly recommended by several local sources and Nigel very kindly agreed to come out and look at the property at very short notice before our imminent return to London. He advised us that our ideas (and budget) were feasible and set to work on drawings. Nigel completely understood what we had in mind for the design of our home and our wish to retain original features and character, have a minimal environmental impact whilst making maximum use of space and the stunning views. We were so excited upon receiving the plans, his designs for the cottage were amazing, just what we wanted and more!

Puffin Cottage required extensive remedial work, modernisation and remodelling. Nigel liaised with the structural engineer, surveyors, damp and drainage consultants, as well as getting planning permission approved by South Hams planning department in a sensitive area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Nigel and Di also handled the tendering of the project, contractor selection and project management. Throughout the whole process Nigel and Di have been fantastic and have shared our vision for the project. It was comforting to know that we were in safe hands with Qube Design - Nigel is a true man of honour and will NOT let you down!

We are extremely happy with the end result and now have beautiful home that surpasses what we imagined possible and look forward too many happy years here. We would not hesitate to recommend Qube and cannot praise them highly enough.

Mike and Deb Penn

Nigel and Di have a unique way of supporting their customers through one of the most stressful and challenging times in their clients' lives.

From the very beginning, Nigel listens very carefully to what you're trying to express and then somehow turns your initial ideas into an exciting and innovative design. He will suggest things that you may find difficult to conceptualise....but trust him! We are absolutelythrilled with our brand new build.

Andrew & Cathie Paton

We bought 71 Above Town because we were captivated by the view, but what we got was a tired 1920’s 4 bed house that was damp and not making the most of its premier location in the town.

We were introduced to Nigel by a mutual friend and we gave him a wide brief but the essence of it was to make the most of the location.

Nigel delivered and his vision was extraordinary.

First he suggested that the top floor could be arranged so as to give us a double bedroom on the river side and a twin behind. We were so doubtful that even during the build we lay on the floor in the twin room trying to envision what two beds would look like, but needless to say it worked out fine.

Nigel said we could put a new kitchen on the middle floor thus freeing up space for a fabulous lounge with river and sea views, again he was right and the space we now have couldn’t be better.

Through Nigel's skill and vision we were able to keep the essence of the original house but at the same time totally bring it up to date and maximise not only the internal spaces where we would not have imagined possible but also the potential of the location of the property.

Nigel helped select the contractor and he supervised the build which went as smoothly as any build could have done.

If we were doing another project in Dartmouth (and we might!) I would go straight back to Nigel.

Steve & Chris Riickwood

Nigel Collingswood of Qube Design came highly recommended. His knowledge and ability to liaise with us, the Local Authority and Conservation Area Planning Officer was excellent and made it easier for us. Nigel regularly met with builders to ensure the smooth running of the project. We would not hesitate to recommend him and use him again with future projects.

'Before' Skerries, Strete 'After' Skerries, Strete
'Before' Skerries, Strete and 'After' Skerries, Strete

Alan & Julia Makepeace

We are delighted with Nigel's design for the make-over of our original 1960's house in Strete. The design was a skilful interpretation of our brief, which was extremely well detailed. We were pleased to have the works successfully completed by local contractor Nomad Construction.
Frank & Kay Morgan

We would recommend Qube Design very highly indeed. Nigel's vision and expertise has changed our very ordinary, dated property into an impressive modern house. His use of the latest building techniques and products has maximised the available space resulting in our attractive and comfortable home.

David & Joan Johnson

Our project was to demolish a rather dated 1960's bungalow and to build a new 'arts and crafts' style semi-bungalow on the site.

Nigel was recommended to us by our daughter who's house Nigel had also designed and we looked at other attractive properties that Qube had designed and had been constructed locally.

We were impressed by the design and plan in the 'arts and crafts' style and detailing which Nigel produced and now having completed and occupied our new property we have received many compliments on the style, appearance and build quality and would be happy to recommend Qube Design Ltd for other similar developments.

Ron Stoddart, Properties Investments (SC) Ltd

‘Nigel has been involved in many projects for our companies since the mid 90's. These have ranged from luxury private houses, conversion of an art deco electricity sub-station into luxury apartments through to office development schemes. In all of the projects we have been particularly impressed by his design skills and his attention to detail.’

Paula Moon & Rita Rimer

‘We simply cannot praise Qube Design highly enough following the completion of our extensive renovations this month.

Nigel completely understood what we had in mind for the design of our home when we initially consulted Nigel about drawing up plans. He was also able to come up with so many innovative ideas that we could never have come up with ourselves.

Getting planning permission proved to be a long and arduous process! Nigel was so very supportive and was always on hand to meet with the planning department, making adjustments to the plans until finally we got planning approval.

After helping find just the right building contractor for us, Nigel and Di Project Managed the entire build. Liaising with the various builders and contractors in such an efficient way as well as sourcing the various materials etc that were used on site.

We can honestly say with our hands on our hearts that the entire project ran very smoothly indeed. This was undoubtedly due to the hard work, dedication and competence of Nigel and Di.

The end result we think speaks for itself in the creation of a beautiful home that we look forward to living in happily for many years to come’.

Anthony & Teresa Waring

‘We found Qube Design to be visionary and extremely professional. They were fantastic to deal with from the initial concept on our first meeting, all the way through to the planning application stage and then on site till the project was finished. Nigel and Di have created a stunning home which we are delighted with and would have no hesitation in recommending them as architects for your development needs.’

Mike and Linda Ambrose

‘We had ambitions to build near Dartmouth and needed an architect. We discovered Qube Design by admiring a building in Dartmouth that Nigel had designed.

Nigel has that rare combination of imagination, attention to detail and human concern – we are delighted that we retained him and delighted with our resulting building.’