"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.