“Working with Damian was a complete pleasure, a stress-free experience at what could have been a very stressful time. We had initially wanted to expand the house we had bought. Damian produced 3 different options which he patiently went through with us, persuading us that there was no need to expand as the cost might be prohibitive and all our requirements could be met by re-arranging the existing layout. He then sorted the entire process for us, including engaging with a very tricky neighbour.
Damian then pulled together an extremely detailed tender document and got an amazing builder at a good cost. The extraordinary thing was that there were NO extra costs from the tender document to completion. Not only did the builder come in on budget – he also finished within the time frame, thanks to Damian’s continual and detailed management of the project. Inevitably we added things on as the project progressed, and Damian insisted on negotiating with suppliers on every one – from panes of glass to door knobs.
We felt that Damian really understood our vision for our home and made great suggestions above and beyond his architectural remit. We genuinely believe that without Damian guiding us and the whole project, we would not be as happy as we are in our amazing house.”
Carolyn Odgers, Rathgar, Dublin 6.
“We engaged Damian Sheerin when we were buying our new home in December 2011, Damian looked at two properties for us and advised us as to the potential that both properties had to offer (and indeed the pit falls); this was of great assistance to us in seeing what could be achieved by renovating and extending and was a deciding factor in the buying the house we did.
After we went sale agreed on our new home Damian sat down with us and discussed in detail our ‘must haves & wish list’ and based his design on this. Damian produced three different design options for us, and he further developed the design that best suited our needs. Even after we approved the design Damian came back to us with further suggestions and improvements to the design.
Damian submitted our planning application and handled the tender process including picking reputable contractors to tender for the woks &
the evaluation of tendering. The contractor recommended by Damian was superb & once work commenced Damian paid regular visits to site to inspect the works and certified valuations as submitted by our builder. We had some boundary issues with our neighbours which Damian helped to sort out.
We can only thank Damian for his great design and practical approach during the entire process, in the end the contract was completed on
time and within budget and with a minimal amount of stress to us”.
Des Forde and Jane O Hanlon, Clontarf, Dublin 3.
“We engaged Damian as our architect to design our home which involved a major house renovation. From the outset he displayed great professionalism, attention to detail and genuine interest in making the project a total success. He listened carefully to our preferences and proposed a number of excellent, creative solutions explaining the benefits of each. Once we settled on a design he managed the planning process for us with expertise making life easy for us.
Damian prepared excellent tender documents which enabled us to compare contractors’ prices and secure best value on the build itself. Throughout the construction it was great to have Damian on our side to supervise the build ensuring quality never wavered. When obstacles arose the solutions were always well thought out and practical. Damian never took shortcuts on our project.
We feel that his service was excellent value and we have no hesitation in warmly recommending him to others.”
John O Donovan, Howth.
“We decided to go with Damian after meeting a number of Architects, he was referred to us from one of our friends who were very satisfied with their home renovation. Damian provided us with several different design options. After narrowing down to the design we liked, Damian worked with us to tweak the design to meet our requirements.
It was great to have Damian to bounce ideas off throughout the renovation. He also provided us with peace of mind that we were in a safe pair of hands throughout the project. We were extremely happy with the end result, our house is full of light and the space is very well laid out. The project also ran very smoothly and in terms of deadlines and costs”
Susan Duane and Darragh Madden, Terenure.
“We wished to renovate and extend a 1930s house which we bought in Skerries. We visited a few projects that Damian had worked on and his previous clients recommended him highly. Damian met with us several times before the final plan was drawn up. The plan was to upgrade the property, to open up the downstairs area and to add a two story extension to the rear.
We found Damian down to earth and easy to get on with. His involvement meant that the project was a lot less stressful for us. Damian liaised with the builders throughout the construction phase and advised us on costs as well as on the standards to be expected of the builders. We have recommended Damian to several friends since we had our own job done”.
Nuala McCinna and Fintan Gorman, Skerries
“We found Damian to be very supportive during all phases of construction. He not only produced a wonderful building design but also offered key interior decorative guidance. We were impressed by how quickly he could render modifications according to our needs. We wholeheartedly recommend Damian Sheerin for superior architectural service”.
James Jones and Veronica Campbell, Glasnevin.
“I heard about Damian’s work through a friend and checked his website. I was delighted to see from his pictures that he was an advocate of open plan living with plenty of light and brightness. The existing plans for my house did not suit my family’s needs and Damian provided a range of possibilities and alternatives which were creative and exact, yet very functional.
Throughout the build he provided assistance and advice regarding where to purchase kitchen, flooring etc. His attention to detail assisted greatly in the planning issues that presented themselves as the build progressed and everything was dealt with in a clear and unassuming manner. He really listened to how we wished to live within the space and as a result we now have a bright open planned living space. Ironically in an area where we are overlooked to the front and rear we have a bright totally private open plan living space that has exceeded all our expectations – truly genius!!!”.
Ann Cunniffe, Skerries, Co. Dublin
”We were fortunate to be introduced to Damian by a friend of the family when we purchased a house in need of renovation in Malahide. Not knowing any architects in Dublin and being a bit wary of the stress and process associated with renovating a home we were a little apprehensive about the project ahead. However our fears were eased when we met Damian. He put our mind at ease regarding the process, helped us through the tenders and gave good, solid advice regarding architectural aspects of the renovation. Sometimes as a client you think you know best, but then a professional architect puts your plans into practice on a drawing and you know that it is better to leave this to the professionals.
The biggest bonus of engaging Damian was the builder he recommended to us, who was a pleasure to work with and finished the job on time and on budget. Throughout the project I felt confident that Damian would lead the project through to the finish and the end product is a beautiful renovation that we can call home – Thanks Damian.”
Mark Duffy and Elaine Looby, Malahide, Co. Dublin
”Damian was recommended to us by a friend, who knew we were looking at extending our home in Naas. We employed Damian to assess our home and show us how we could maximize its potential and really push the boundaries in creating an open plan living space and lots of storage. We met Damian and immediately liked his ideas and manner.
He prepared a number of sketch layouts, none of which we had envisaged ourselves! His attention to detail brought us to a finished design with full detailed tender package from which he gathered a number of quotes, some within our intended budget. For personal reasons we haven’t carried out the extension as yet, but if we do, we would continue to work with Damian through the build/project management part of the process and would recommend him to anyone looking to employ an architect.”
Thomas & Yvonne Jacob, Naas, Co. Kildare
“Damian designed and project managed our house extension earlier this year; the result being a house that we now love living in.
After an initial meeting Damian put together a number of options for us to consider based on our brief. When we agreed on the final design he put together a detailed tender pack which he issued to six builders. He managed the entire tender process and helped us find a great builder. Damian came back for regular site inspections during the build and worked with the builder to ensure that the build came in on time and on budget.
Damian was great to work with – as well as coming up with a great design for us, his continued input up to and post completion (inspection) ensured everything stayed on track. The project ran very smoothly, was relatively stress free and we are delighted with the result”.
Emer and Darragh Kelly, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
“We engaged Damian, on the recommendation of a friend, for advice on an extension to our house. Before engaging Damian we had been dreading the stress of the building project and were concerned about potential cost and time overruns by the builder. Damian’s input to the tender process including detailed tender pack meant that the project was stress free for us and there were no cost overruns. The project also finished on schedule.
Damian gave excellent practical advice on the options available to us and provided a design which we are delighted with. His input during the building project was also invaluable. We would have no hesitation in recommending Damian”.
Susan Lynch and Mark Hynes, Clontarf, Co. Dublin
“Damian designed and planned our build which started in August 2011. Throughout the planning and the build stages, Damian was a pleasure to deal with and we felt comfortable at all times dealing with him knowing he always had our best interests at heart. Whilst you hear of builds being stressful and nightmarish, none of this was our experience – Damian ensured the process was smooth and provided us with a builder who not only equaled Damian in terms of patience and understanding but also displayed such an unbelievable work ethic and work rate. At the end of the build we had a beautiful family home which we could enjoy and relax in.
Nothing gives us greater pleasure than to recommend Damian to friends and family.”
Louise and Gerry Connolly, Skerries, Co. Dublin
“We met with Damian in mid 2011 to assess how he could contribute to the major renovation and extension project we were undertaking. We were immediately impressed with his attention to detail, his ideas and the way that he took on board all our requirements. His design for the house has satisfied all our requirements, his commitment to the project is first rate and he is always offering suggestions on ways we can achieve our dream while keeping within our budget. We would have no hesitation in recommending Damian to prospective clients – it would be the first step in getting your project delivered successfully.”
Brian and Karen Heffernan, Sutton, Dublin 13
“Damian designed a one-off house for us on our site in Hollystown. He designed the house to accommodate all our needs and arranged the main rooms to maximise light and sunshine and to avail of the best views. The house was also designed as a blend of traditional and contemporary to match its context in a rural setting on the edge of Hollystown Village. We found him very receptive to our requirements and his ideas were presented very clearly. We also found him to be professional and efficient and his fees were very reasonable.”
John and Ciara O’Neill, Hollystown, Co. Dublin
“We employed Damian Sheerin Architects to design and manage the construction of an extension for my wife, who has mobility problems. We found them highly professional and reliable. As the work was funded by Dublin City Council under a housing adaptation grant, I personally needed someone who knew how to work with the council. Damian helped me every step of the way often going above and beyond his remit, and was even commended by the council inspector for his efficiency. Having a sick wife my mind was put as ease by Damian, as I knew he was dealing with all necessary work matters. Damian was only too happy to explain and answer any queries which I had. From start to finish every detail of the building was being worked on and myself and my family are very, very happy with the finished result. I would highly recommend Damian Sheerin Architects to anyone looking for a highly professional and pleasant architect.”
Anthony Fahy, Walkinstown, Dublin 12
“We called on Damian to help us out when a ceiling collapsed in our offices. The incident had placed us under some pressure as we had to evacuate the rooms above and below due to safety concerns. Damian came to view the situation on the day we contacted him and returned the next day with an excellent builder who promptly provided an estimate for the remedial works. The job was completed within a week and we were very impressed with his efficiency and diligence in resolving the situation and also his efforts to ensure that we experienced minimal disruption during the works”.
Garvan O’Toole, Chemistry Ltd.
“We asked Damian to inspect some offices which we were considering buying. He promptly inspected the premises and then sent us a concise but very comprehensive report which clearly set out the condition of the building, the position with regard to planning permission, fire certs and other legal issues, the extent of works needed to transform the space, its potential as an innovative space and the likely cost of all the works required. Ultimately we decided against buying the offices as the costs would have been outside our budget, but we were very glad that we had Damian look it over before we had invested time and money. (We would strongly advise anyone considering buying a property that they have it first looked over by a registered Architect.) We were very pleased with Damian’s services, in particular his efficiency and thoroughness”.
John Moore, Clickworks Ltd.