My biggest worry was having an unresponsive architect. Where calls wouldn’t be returned promptly and where I would have to constantly chase on updates. I needed someone that would guide me and just be there when I needed advice. They delivered that and much more. They were always accessible and on hand to deal with my any requests or questions I had. The level of service they provide is not something I’ve experienced before and I’ve been in the service industry for a long time. As a thank you, my property is always available should anyone need to see the quality they deliver on a finished build as well as the design.
Diego Soares – Oslo Court Rest. – Kings Cross
The client was a young city professional taking his first step into property investment. They asked us to create an extension and full interior refurbishment for a 2nd floor flat. Improvements included two new bedrooms, a bathroom, a custom designed kitchen, custom joinery and a polished stone plinth. Other exterior changes included a new chimney breast.
At 75 square metres, the flat offered a lucrative investment opportunity, so whilst the client wished to live in the property in the near future, the primary focus of the project was to maximise re-sale value to recoup a h4 financial return at a later date.
The project initially focused on more modest features to meet the limitations of the client’s budget. However, the client raised their ambition and instructed us to focus the refurbishment on a higher-spec finish. Some of the new luxury features included oak doors and floors, a custom kitchen and a polished stone plinth which was integrated into the new chimney breast. The flexibility of our design and build approach meant that we could easily include all of the high-spec features which deviated from the original brief.
Soon into the build, the client’s capital dried up due to the switch to more expensive high-end features. Instead of halting the project, we worked with the client to lower their payments and stretch them over a longer time period. To adapt to this, we created a more fluid schedule which was tailored to the client’s financial situation on a month-by-month basis.
To work around the client’s financial situation, the original 2 month deadline was extended to 6 months. By using this approach instead of restricting the project, it allowed us to eventually complete the refurbishment and create a beautiful high-end flat with luxury features to meet the client’s aspirations.
Most importantly of all, the specially-selected improvements increased the value of the property from £175,000 to £250,000 – providing a 43% increase and a substantial return on the initial investment.
"Came up on a higher price than others to build on plans they developed for us. I did consider the lower offers, but decided it wasn't worth the risk and in all honesty wanted to continue the relationship through to completion. What I got was a project delivered about a week and a 1/2 ahead of schedule. Might not seem much, but this was huge for us. Just like the planning part, the build was smooth and without hassle. With limited time available to supervise the build, I just needed someone I could trust to deliver. I made the right choice."
"They are truly deserving of all the praise they get. If you need a complete makeover, these are the people that will delivery way beyond what you expect. "
"As designers they are good, very good. But whilst they are talented in aesthetics, they have what so many of their ilk lack. They are thinkers. They are problem solvers. They can take complexity and deliver elegant yet simple solutions. "