So that was a good place to start, but being an accountant Mr Burchfield wanted to dot a few i’s and cross a few t’s – so they explored the market generally. Very quickly they realised the advantages of Origin’s Concept to Completion claim. Every element of the complex design, planning and building was handled internally by a company that has been at the spearhead of its field for over thirty five years. Everyone the family dealt with in the initial stages was at director level, and their enthusiasm was inspiring.
Carolyn Burchfield said “The early meetings were incredibly constructive. We talked about the basic styles that Origin offers and were impressed with the adaptability that each model offered. We knew roughly what we wanted, and were delighted that every one of our thoughts was considered and built into the first plans. We chose the Olympic because of the flexibility of its design, and the style suited our home. We wanted a pool table and a gym, and the initial plans created a perfect space for these.”
The Burchfields were offered a host of options – sizes, styling, materials and finishes – and found that the obvious back and forth ideas, changing minds and original thoughts were welcomed by the Origin team, who patiently used their experience and creativity to build them into the final design.
Origin also guided them through the planning application, which Carolyn Burchfield found surprisingly easy. “Our proposed building fell within permitted development, so the building inspector agreed the entire concept in one visit. Origin took care of it all.”
And today? The Burchfields and their three teenage children couldn’t be happier. The Olympic Pool House is a great meeting place, an area to find their own bit of space when they need it, and a venue for parties, teenage late night get-togethers or a place to have a quiet swim, and perhaps a glass of wine!
The building was delivered on budget and Origin’s after sale service has been exemplary. Minor snags were corrected in record time, and the company still visits on a monthly basis as part of their service contract.
When asked if they are satisfied with their new pool house, the answer was “Very much so. Everyone has been incredibly helpful, and it has improved family life in ways we didn’t envisage. Good focus. Fun Friday night gatherings. Times to talk through stuff in a calm unhurried atmosphere.”
So the verdict?
“Origin? They know their stuff…”