Maya Ellis committment and co-operation in designing and site managing the construction of our new pavilion was greatly appreciated by Yarnton Parish Council
It was a pleasure working with Maya through all the stages of re-developing and extending our village hall. She guided us very professionally through all the complications of the building process. She is an excellent and creative designer and also strong on the construction management side (which does not always follow). It was also good to know that local suppliers and trades were being employed through Maya's contact network.
Yarnton Preschool commissioned Studio 13 architects as they had good local knowledge and previous experience in community projects. Maya was professional, knowledgable and helped us through a complex project with many stakeholders. Yarnton Preschool's tight budget was challenging and Maya was very understanding of the constraints and worked with the committee to keep the cost under control. Like any project there were challenges but Maya supported the parent committee in resolving these issues and was proactive in bringing forward solutions.
Maya was simply brilliant.... She provided a turn key project for our busy household, the quality, cost effectiveness and timeliness to completion of which far exceeded our expectations. She has made a house into a home we are proud of, and would not hesitate in recommending her.
From the start, Maya’s service was efficient, design-focused and, most importantly, personalised. You managed to work within a demanding timeframe and budget. Thanks to you, and the team we now have a fabulous open plan living area that delivers on the brief for more light and space. Truly first class service.
From the moment I met Maya I knew she was the architect/project manager I would love to have for our extension. I immediately liked her vision and aesthetic and the fact she is as obsessed with light as I am. She mixes experience insight into the practicalities of building with a skilled eye for interior design. She is brilliant at striving for the best whilst still being mindful of the budget and is always at the end of the phone for support and reassurance. Our project hasn’t been without its challenges, but she never shied away from confronting them and always works hard to come up with the best solution.
Any major building project in your home is daunting. Dealing with builders, tradesmen and retailers can be frustrating and when uncoordinated, very costly. By using Maya Ellis Design we avoided all of the stress and challenges normally associated with such upheaval. Any issues, however minor were promptly dealt with by Maya personally and her professional, no nonsense approach was fully understood by all of the trades people involved. In short, Maya is a pleasure to work with and superb value for money. I would thoroughly recommend her services to anyone thinking of undertaking any building work in the home.
The whole process from start to finish was excellent. During her first visit Maya was able to describe her vision for the house. This enabled us to see the real potential for our home and dismiss what we had become used to living in. The partnership between Maya and the tradesmen is one of constant challenge to ensure quality of workmanship and value for money. Her team were able to turn Maya's ambitious vision into a stunning reality. We now have a home which is life changing and the quality of our lifestyle has improved greatly. We would recommend no other team,
We can highly recommend Maya Ellis as an imaginative and sensitive architect, who listens to her clients, while bringing her own individual vision to the design process. She has turned our fairly standard suburban 1920s villa into a beautiful and practical home, which harmoniously unites the old and the new.
Her bold use of triangular windows on the top story, plus raising the ceiling and installing a long rooflight into the kitchen/dining room, brought light and space into previously dark, poky spaces . Maya also had the brainwave of reversing the existing staircases, which made the hallway much more workable. Her clever use of space meant that we have achieved a larger area, without actually extending outwards.
Maya was also very helpful in guiding us through the whole building process, liaising with the builders and keeping a tight rein on the costs. She gave us a regular analysis of outgoings, showing the proportion of work which still had to be paid for, as the job progressed. We were glad that we decided to retain her services for supervising the whole project, from initial design to final snagging.. She was also very helpful in recommending kitchen units (not the standard ones) and white goods and kept costs down here as well.
We are really enjoying our new home, and very much appreciate Maya's vision and professionalism in helping us achieve this.
Maya is not only a brilliant architect with visionary ideas, but also a lovely person with whom to work. Although I knew roughly what I wanted in our new extension (light, space, access to the lovely view, and definitely a WOW! impact) I didn't have a clue as to how to make that happen. Maya came up with some terrific, creative ideas, and went further by spotting that the large porch was wasted space and could be turned into a boot room. She also suggest the door from the narrow hall into my study should be moved, creating better flow between the front door and the rest of the house. The result is magical and her fees very reasonable for the work.
Although only commissioned for the design and builder selection phases, she was always available to answer any queries and give advice at no extra cost. Her system of charging for specific phases meant there were never any nasty surprises and I didn't have to commit to future phases without knowing if I'd need the work.
Highly creative, honest and reasonable. What more could you ask for in an architect?!