Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vision and a Van Chase That Made Dream Come True

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Vision and a Van Chase That Made Dream Come True

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T could have been the scene from a TV show - indeed, the TV show came a little later.

IA van drives down a main street and a passenger in a passing car suddenly orders the driver to "follow that vehicle".

The van was driven by Dean Gatiss, owner of Modern Living Projects and in hot pursuit was Sameena Nawaz, who lives in Jesmond. Fast forward 18 months and Sameena's home has featured on national TV largely thanks to the skill and expertise of Dean and his team who have transformed her six-bedroom home beyond her wildest dreams.

The project was showcased in Inside Out Homes on Channel 4 and has been acclaimed by architect and the show's presenter, Zac Monro.

The result was a magnificent side and rear extension that included three sliding glass panels that extended across the back of the house, the creation of a stunning garden studio, groundworks, cedar fencing, indoor and outdoor tiling, doors, steel structure and electrics.

To fulfil the project, the team were only on-site for 14 weeks.

Where possible, the company used non-standard building materials and its daring approach was seen by the installation of a nine metre glass roof - believed to be the longest roof light installed in a domestic project in the UK. In another unconventional move, the steel had to be fabricated on-site and the speciality glass, sourced from Belgium, is then fitted in place.

Sameena, said: "We have created a new way of living where the interior and exterior merge into one. It is far more than just having more space and better views.

"We now feel that we are much closer to nature. It is the simple things like being more aware of the birds, butterflies and bees.We are adapting to a new way of life that brings with it calmness and a sense of well being and relaxation - something we could not have achieved with a conventional extension.

"With my husband, Abid, who was the driving force behind the project, we had been talking about developing our home for a number of years but work and other commitments meant we just did not get around to it. We had done some initial research but nothing was moving forward.

"We were in one of those periods when we were considering the options. I had in my mind an image of what I wanted and one day I suddenly noticed the exact open plan transformation I was hoping to achieve right in front of me - on Dean's van!

"We talked things through with Dean and very much liked his approach and the fact that he was also very challenging.

"He was much more forward thinking than other builders we had encountered."

It was sometime later and following a visit Sameena made to a company specialising in home development, that Channel 4 contacted her and expressed interest in assisting the transformation of the house into one where the interior and exterior blended into one. …

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