Paul and Jane Hopkins knew from day one that Octagon were the developer to build their dream home. As Managing Director of St James North London – part of Berkeley Group PLC, Paul Hopkins was well aware of Octagon’s well established reputation, delivering high specification homes in the most desirable locations.
Paul Hopkins comments, “I trusted Octagon from day one, as they share a similar ethos to my company, never compromising on attention to detail or specification. There is a true art to house building, engineering out complexity without losing quality, and Octagon deliver this like nobody else.”
The Hopkins’ spent a number of years searching for the perfect spot to build, eventually finding a 0.6- acre plot on one of Northwood’s premier residential roads. They already knew the estate well, having lived there for 5 years, before temporarily moving away to downsize. Once grandchildren were on the scene, they wanted the space to entertain, so upsizing was back on the cards.
Paul explains: “Our aim was to find the worst possible house on the best possible plot in the best road, to knock down the existing property and build a home to our exact specification. The plot we finally settled on was perfect, backing on to a bridle path and Ruislip Woods – we just needed the house to match.”
Octagon’s Bespoke team began by showing the Hopkins a number of earlier projects, showcasing the quality of product that Octagon deliver, and providing inspiration for their own bespoke home.
Paul mentions: “One particular home in Virginia Water stood out to us, and by coincidence was the perfect dimensions to fit on our plot. It was a huge benefit to be able to walk around a home that near mimicked what we were building, giving a feeling of the sense of space and light that we would achieve in our new home; a particularly rare luxury for any new build property.”