Testimonials from happy clients of GMW Design
Duncan Williams, Woodlands House
“We live in California and have an old 1850s large detached house in Pembrokeshire which needed a lot of love in modernising and upgrading the property. We engaged Geraint of GMW Design to assist us to renovate, extend and make better space of the internal layout of the property. He professionally carried out all the paperwork, from preparing drawings, gaining planning Permission and Building Regulation Approval. He advised us on the tendering process and overlooked the work of the builders on site. We asked for weekly updates, photographs and reports to be sent to us whilst we were at home in the US so that we could see the progress. Thanks to Geraint for his knowledge, professionalism and enthusiastic dedication to us we have been able to restore and upgrade our property for a number of generations. We highly recommend Geraint to anyone.”
Len Cotton, Cotton Projects
“Adam’s Bucketful of Hope Appeal” Committee.
“As a committee of women, we cannot praise Geraint enough for his conscientious support throughout the refurbishment of our shop. His sourcing of labour and materials for us, his clear and concise directions through a minefield of red tape and for his continual good humour and patience on his site visits.
We expect Geraint to have the latest technical and computer skills to turn out three dimensional plans with pellucid quality but far more than that, he has a fresh way of looking at buildings with an aesthetic eye – a change of colour, a small feature slightly tweaked – then, as in our case he turns a sad, dilapidated pig’s ear into a very classy, vibrant silk purse! Thank you, Geraint!”
Mr & Mrs Curtis, Mathry
“GMW Design provided us with a friendly and comprehensive service which did everything we’d asked.”
John and Gill Brice – Llangwm
“This is our first and only time of building a new house. We have found Geraint to be thoroughly professional and very helpful throughout the process.”
“Geraint Williams of GMW Design undertook the application for ‘change of use to residential’ of a stable block on a property belonging to my late Brother, for whom I am Executrix. Geraint not only produced some very impressive plans to convert the building, but also acted as my agent throughout what turned out to be a very lengthy, frustrating and emotional process. As I live some 200 miles from Pembrokeshire, it was essential that I had complete trust in him, which was more than rewarded. I had never been involved in anything similar, but he guided me through the procedure with outstanding professionalism and went to great lengths to minimise for me the difficulties encountered. Not the least of these was the last-minute need for an ecological survey and the subsequent discovery of bats and other protected species. It is with gratitude that I highly recommend GMW Design.”
“Having moved to the area we were looking for someone with not just experience but a friendly approach. Geraint was outstanding in every area we needed nothing was a problem and everything we wanted Geraint made sure we had. The layout of the plans was excellent as we could see the finished building work not just lines on the paper. Geraint overseen everything from start to finish and took the worry away from us. I must say after finishing a few building renovations this one was by far the easiest and would highly recommend.”
Toby Withnell and Catherine John – Bentinck Barn
“Geraint was involved from the start in drawing up the plans and obtaining all the necessary planning permissions, with the minimum of hassle. Throughout the process Geraint kept to the timelines and also ensured that nearly all the additional changes were signed off by the planners.
The completed project can be seen from the photographs, which we are very happy with!“
David and Ruth Patten – St Davids
“We employed GMW Design to produce Planning and Building Regulation plans for the total refurbishment of a terraced property in St Davids. Of the three architects shortlisted, we found Geraint to be the most receptive to our design ideas whilst adding his own. He was able to point out the practical construction and cost implications of these choices. We had little experience of a project of this size and Geraint helped guide us through the process. He was accommodating and responsive throughout. The end result was a set of plans that we were very happy with and at a level of detail that was praised by all of the builders who tendered for the job. This level of detail has meant that there were few additional surprise costs in the construction process. It’s been a pleasure to work with Geraint on our project and would happily recommend GMW Design.”
“Dear Geraint, I thought that I should email to say thank you. It has been an absolute joy working with a company that not only understands fully the time-sensitive nature of the ecological works that were presented on the Robust Boats development in St Davids, but is also willing to work in partnership, at pace to get the job done. You have made a potentially difficult job easy with your communication and the speed in which you provided the necessary drawings needed to complete the site reports for Natural Resource Wales. I have nothing but thanks for the time that you have given to me and I look forward to working with you again in the future.”
Stephanie and Linda Parker, Torbant Caravan Park
“We have worked closely with Geraint Williams to obtain Planning Permission and Building Regulations on our project. During this time, we have found Geraint to be very professional. Not once did we feel pressured or rushed with the decisions we had to make; we always knew that Geraint was at the end of the phone if we needed him. He was extremely efficient and totally reliable. He also interpreted our thoughts and ideas very well onto paper and made the whole process exciting and stress free. We would highly recommend Geraint to anyone, no matter how big or small the project.”
“I have worked with Geraint a couple of times over the last few years. Recently we completed an extension to an old character stone-built cottage in Abereiddi bay in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park. Geraint undertook everything from measured survey all the way to the tendering stage for builders. The work was extensive and included the design of a two-storey extension (complicated by the fact that the build was partially dug down into a basement), the restoration of an old stone barn and landscaping of the grounds. Geraint was great to work with at all stages.
During the design stage it was good, as the client, to be challenged by him to ensure that the development would be sympathetic to the cottage but also to ensure that the project would pass all the required hurdles to get planning permission. His discipline on ensuring the “I’s” were dotted and the “t’s” crossed was both helpful and reassuring. The plans and all the associated documents were positively received by the PCNPA and permissions were all granted in full.
Subsequently all the buildings regulatory documentation was undertaken and approved in full by the Pembrokeshire County Council.
All-in-all a very positive experience and a great outcome.”
“Over a period of nearly four years, we had to continually consult with the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority to seek approval for the conversion of an outbuilding of our farm in Solva. This was an extremely emotional rollercoaster meet with many challenging and perplexing situations along the way, not made easy by the fact I currently work 95% of my time overseas in China. Not having any experience in this type of field, Geraint was fantastic at positioning everything. For this project owing to the challenges of a long distance client/customer relationship, communications were of paramount importance. Geraint was always concise, timely and judicious. It is with sincere appreciation that I write this reference.”
Mr & Mrs Edmonds, East Castle
“We had heard of Geraint’s work through friends and we have not looked back since.
We already had a clear idea of the style of the house from the front and the downstairs layout but nothing else, so when we gave these to Geraint he was able to take all our ideas incorporate them, discuss new design ideas and gave us options of where things would be in the house. When we had the house plans for the first time we could clearly see that he had designed our house exactly the way we had visioned it. Every room flowed, the style and size of each room was in proportion and balance. Geraint handled all the planning application forms and spoke to the Council on our behalf, every step of the way we had confidence in Geraint, especially when he phoned us on the 8th week of the application to say it was all passed!
We decided to project manage the build ourselves and was pleased that Geraint has been able to oversee it. All the tradesmen, especially our Bricklayer, was impressed with the detail of the building regulation drawings which stopped us having to phone him too much.
We have found that Geraint is very personal and professional at the same time. When we talk to him it is obvious that he is focussed on making sure his customer is happy and he is doing everything possible to make sure the project stays on plan.
We would highly recommend Geraint to anybody”