Testimonials

“We were early clients of Peter Thomas de Cruz in 2002/03. Then he carried out the revolutionary process of taking out all the interior walls at the rear of 19 Hartswood Road. This created a wonderful high-ceilinged open plan kitchen, dining, and living space. Near-neighbours of ours at number 13 followed suit, as did friends in Gordon Road,Ealing. His design has been much-copied since.

For our new house in Gainsborough Road we conducted an extensive review of top-flight local architects and designers who could not only address the Planning constraints of the Bedford Park conservation area, but innovate within them. Suffice it to say that Thomas de Cruz Architects & Designers won our job and we're delighted with what he and his team achieved for us in 2014/16.

When you boil it right down, Peter has a genius for realising and releasing space to create the 'wow factor'. This makes everyday living a pleasure and adds value to a property.”

Hamish Pringle

“We first met Peter from Thomas de Cruz Architects & Designers at the Grand Designs exhibition in Birmingham in 2017. We hit it off with him immediately and have continued a great working and personal partnership with him ever since. 

Peter sat us down right at the beginning of our project and went through all our hopes and expectations for the build; he wanted details of our lifestyle and our aspirations for how we want to live in our new home.

The design he came up with exceeded all our expectations – it’s contemporary, beautiful and unique, but most importantly it’s a home and the home that’s right for us. 

We had some significant hurdles to cross when trying to secure planning permission, but Peter and his team were on hand the whole way through the process, dealing with our queries, the county council planning officers and other stakeholders in a professional, efficient and inspirational way. 

Now we have secured planning (in no small way down to Peter and colleagues), we can’t wait to get started on the next chapter of our self-build journey.

We would both wholeheartedly recommend Thomas de Cruz Architects & Designers to any aspiring renovators or self builders.”

Ellie and Lester

“I was very pleased with the work that Thomas de Cruz did for me. They came up with a contemporary design for my pool house which works well with the rest of the property. The project management was excellent and attention to detail was relentless. Great job!”

Daniel Palmer

“Peter Thomas de Cruz are the most imaginative and hardworking architects I have ever commissioned. Peter has an intuitive understanding of light and space, a talent for creating harmony between interior and exterior and an eye for the details that can make a design endlessly satisfying to live with. I have no hesitation in recommending him and his team.”

James von Leyden

“We trusted Thomas De Cruz Architects to transform our house from the worst in the Close to the best and they didn't disappoint! Both inside and out our house now has a wow factor and we found Thomas to Cruz to be meticulous, innovative and their experience invaluable!"

Margot Kelsey

"Thomas de Cruz Architects remodelled our old Savoyarde farmhouse into a business/skiing chalet with full modern conveniences. They did a brilliant job working with local builders and consultants providing us with numerous creative and practical design ideas - all the rooms were beautiful.

Peter Thomas de Cruz and his colleagues were a pleasure to deal with and we were most satisfied with their personal commitment and professional service.

The practice also worked extensively on our property in St Lucia and our house in Chiswick."

Brian Abbs

“Peter turned my Victorian house in Wandsworth into a stunning, contemporary home that was included in the design book "One Hundred More of the World's Best Houses" and featured in newspapers and design magazines all over the world.

I initially approached RIBA for a recommendation of architects who specialised in contemporary residential homes. From the list I then chose four architects and asked them to submit design ideas for developing an old dairy in Wandsworth Common to maximise its light and space, whilst still remaining a functional, comfortable family home.

The first three designs were a huge disappointment, but when I rolled out Peter's plans I literally sobbed with relief as they completely fulfilled the brief and far exceeded my expectations.

It took 18 months before the transformation was complete and, from being a fairly dark Victorian house was now opened up into a light-filled and glorious space that stunned family and visitors alike.

I now look at the photographs of the house and can't believe I left - I still dream about it from my new home in the Bath countryside.

I would highly recommend Peter for his gift of being able to bring light and space to even the most ordinary of houses and would not hesitate to use him again for my next job, wherever in the world it may be!”

Megan Witty

"TdC came highly recommended to us and having just finished a full house refurbishment project with them. I am happy to report that we too would recommend them without hesitation.

TdC helped us with all aspects including the designs, the planning approvals, and the on-going project management. In all three areas they delivered great value each step of the way, helping us realise our dream home.

One anecdote worth sharing has to do with a planning application that was initially rejected. With their knowledge of the regulations and experience with the local planning authority, TdC was able to appeal the decision and get it overturned. Not only did this make for a much better overall design but it also added considerable value to the house. Needless to say we were ecstatic."

Henry Brock

"We approached Peter at Thomas de Cruz having seen some of the stunning contemporary designs he had produced for other clients. Our brief was to create a stunning contemporary basement and redesign our ground floor accommodation to enhance best use of available space whilst limiting loss of garden space.

Peter was inspirational in the ideas he produced and we very much enjoyed working with him in the process of agreeing suitable designs to change and greatly enhance how we could utilise both current and additional space in the main living areas of our house in London.

Being owners of a modern Huf Haus on the coast we were looking to increase light and enlarge our living spaces in our London property. Once we got to planning, part of our application was rejected and Peter was able to successfully get this refusal over turned at the Planning Inspectorate using their new fast track procedure. A great result overall. They are a pleasure to work with produce truly original and exciting plans and I can highly recommend their services.”

Mark Richards

‘We have worked with Thomas de Cruz architects on a number of projects not least a stunning stand alone new build nr Valencia and a highly contemporary extension in London. Fabulous ideas, problem solving, attention to space, light and detail. Spend the time visiting their own website, you wont be disappointed...aspirational.”

Julian Nugent

"When I first purchased my house on in Chiswick 18 months ago, I had no idea what a dramatic effect that an architect could bring to an old house. The main thing I wanted was space and light, and now I have that and more.

I'd never done any home improvement before, so I was very new to the whole process. As soon as I saw the plans I was really excited, and the whole process wasn't that stressful considering it was 15 months from the plans being drawn up, to the house being completed.

The house now definitely has the wow factor. Everyone who comes around always comments on how amazing it is, and asks who the architect was. I even thought I'd spent too much money on the works, but had a recent valuation that proves that stunning designs will always add value beyond what you expect. If I ever want to build a new house, or to dramatically enhance an existing one I'd always go back to Peter to do the plans."

Ben Grundy

"Having had one rotten experience with an architect prior to engaging Thomas de Cruz I was sceptical to the point of rudeness initially.

Our new project (home) was a Victorian house requiring a full structural and internal refurbishment in Hampstead; I met at least a dozen architects & building contractors before we set off on the 18month journey of rebuilding our home.

I came across Peter Thomas de Cruz by chance (referred to us by a building contractor) and he had a very different approach to the other architects I had met with. I asked the same 3 "interview" questions i had used with others - concentrating on the areas of most concern for us - the terrace doors, the staircase, the connection between lower/upper ground floors. Simply put, Peter showed more imagination, intelligence & boldness whilst respecting and understanding what we were broadly trying to achieve. He wanted to know in detail how we live as a family and he reflected every aspect in his design. We thought we knew what we wanted. He listened. He turned those basic concepts into something far better; Something exciting.

Richard Bell developed the original scheme and worked with us tirelessly and professionally throughout the project. No part of the project was too large (e.g. the replacement of the staircase) or too small (e.g. the location for a punchbag hook) for his detailed consideration and attention. Like Peter, Richard has great ideas (and great patience). He inspires confidence and is a pleasure to work with.

We ended up with an excellent building contractor (Rackham - Highgate) and Garden Designer (John Davies Landscapes) too."

ThomasDeCruz architects were involved throughout and even after having moved in (August 2011) we get the same professional, considered, prompt response now that we are in the snagging phase. 

I am hugely impressed and immensely grateful to Peter and Richard for creating a wonderful home for us.

Steve Pegg