“We are delighted with our enlarged and immeasurably improved home. While the project was a team effort, the crucial element was Thomas de Cruz.
Although we knew we wanted a bigger and better house, we didn’t how to achieve this. After going round in circles for a while and generally failing to juggle the project with our busy family life and jobs, we were fortunately shown a house extended and remodelled by Thomas de Cruz and then introduced to Peter Thomas de Cruz.
Peter and his team, principally Katy Hickson, together with trusted partners, took great care over each stage of the project; initial design, planning application, detailed design, costings, design amendments, tender, contractor selection, works monitoring, communicating with different parties, works review and snagging.
Two aspects of the job are worth highlighting:
1. Clever use of space
Although we added floor space through the extension to the kitchen, the house feels to have grown by more than this. This impression has been created through the use of floor to ceiling sliding doors, roof lights and internal glazing as well as subtle but spacious storage.
To achieve this, Katy and colleagues spend a great deal of time and energy on the details of the design and worked with us to, for instance, go through several drafts on each item of joinery. This ensured not only an outstanding design but a smooth construction process and no expensive surprises.
In addition features such as the hidden pocket doors, the recessed kitchen island extractor fan and the second floor laundry room have made the house work for us so much more effectively.
2. Handling of added pressure during pandemic
Starting the work in December 2019, with a scheduled end of May 2020 finish, meant that the initial wave of the Covid pandemic occurred at a critical point. Fortunately our excellent contractors were able to keep working throughout however suppliers, particularly of the glazing, were unable to meet supply deadlines.
This meant that key elements of the project were moved back to late summer and early autumn. An added problem was that we were unable to extend the lease of the property which we renting beyond the start of July. Working with the contractors, Thomas de Cruz were able to ensure that key tasks were prioritised and so that we could move back into the house and generally reduce the related stress.
In summary, we would very much recommend Thomas de Cruz for the quality of the finished job, the engineering effort that went into each aspect of the property and the care taken to ensure that the house was built around us, to our needs and wishes.”