“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.”Robin Caswell – Director at comScore Inc – Ealing
This family of city professionals with a young daughter wanted a dining area, garden and open plan kitchen combined into a single communal area. A key source of their inspiration came from “Grand Designs”, and they specifically requested designs which matched the calibre and innovation of these projects.
This client required architectural design and construction plans for an L-shape extension to their three storey Victorian home. They also requested the interior design of a bright open-plan kitchen, stepped down dining area and raised deck in the garden.
Our commitment to capturing the client’s vision and instilling it in their project was vital as the client had very specific preferences regarding design. We worked with them long-term to review their ideas, brainstorm layouts and create 2D concept drawings to develop the ideas further. We also used 3D models and 3D visual walkthroughs to help the client fully experience how the finished designs could look.
As the client requested more natural light, architects at Kroos designed a completely bespoke glass roof with specific angles to create a stunning result. We combined this with minimalistic, clean and modern design with an industrial feel to match the client’s favourite “Grand Designs” project.
Alongside design and architecture, we also conducted planning permission applications for the client to begin construction. However, there were two issues we had to handle. Firstly, the neighbour did not like the idea of their shared fence being replaced by an extension wall. After mediation between the parties, we suggested minimising the height of the wall to make it less obvious, which both parties accepted.
Secondly, the neighbour simply didn’t want any construction taking place next door and was concerned about potential disruption. Instead of forcing through the application, we decided on a mediation approach to find an amicable solution without souring the relationship between the client and their neighbour.
The modern and minimalist design, combined with considerable natural light due to the new glass roof, created a bright, spacious and airy environment for this growing family to relax in. Their new Proline kitchen and custom plinth shelving created a functional family kitchen, whilst our designers worked hard to combine the client’s unique tastes into an interior open plan environment they were delighted with.
The dispute with their neighbour was also resolved amicably. Eventually, the neighbour actually became enthused with the project and asked Kroos Architecture about how they could implement features from the client’s new kitchen within their own home.
"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. "