"We had a great experience working with the Kroos team. You always hope for a company to under promise and over deliver and that was the case here with a well-organised project delivered well ahead of schedule. All stakeholders most importantly the major investors were very happy indeed. "
The clients are young couple expecting their first child. They appreciated the Victorian interior of their home, but wanted a more spacious and modern environment for their growing family, so they requested that we combine a modern and open plan layout with many of the Victorian features which initially drew them to the property. They wanted us to design a full interior refurbishment of their traditional Victorian property to provide a unique fusion of modern aesthetics with many of the property’s old Victorian features. As the client is a budding family, they also wanted an additional storey to create 2 extra bedrooms and 2 new toilets.
As the client wanted a careful combination of modern design whilst retaining old Victorian features, we worked with them carefully to brainstorm ideas and develop their vision to strike a perfect balance. Concept designs and 3D models were key to helping the client visualise potential refurbishment ideas for their property whilst allowing us to get a feel for their preferred fixture, fitting and carpet styles.
Kroos architects also developed construction plans and drawings to create the comprehensive house extension and provide the new rooms they required whilst best making use of the available space. Alongside a loft conversion design to add extra bedrooms and bathrooms, we also created construction plans to knock through an existing wall and install a premium kitchen which flowed through to the living room for an inviting open-plan space for the family to enjoy.
There were also a number of client restrictions which we had to adapt to, namely that the clients could only move out for a small amount of time, that the property had to be in a liveable state within 4 weeks for their new baby, that our schedule had to comply with the schedule of their build contractors, and that we had to select their fixtures and fittings on their behalf based on their tastes due to the client’s time restrictions.
We successfully overcame the client’s restrictions to create a beautiful family home which perfectly intertwined modern design with their favourite Victorian features. This was combined with an open-plan communal layout for a bright, airy and spacious environment for the family to relax in. New bedrooms and bathrooms increased space, the premium kitchen improved functionality and extensive external landscaping created a beautiful garden which was ready for their first born to enjoy.
"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. "