On completion of the project the client kindly provided the following testimonial of the services provided by Studio J Architects. This is shown below, unedited:
Niall and I would like to provide you with a testimonial for your website about the excellent service that we received from Studio J. We would really like to thank you for everything you have done, it far outweighed our expectations.
After interviewing a number of architects, we hired James on the basis of his personable and practical advice, honesty and clear communication. He advised on building stages, timelines and provided a full cost breakdown with no hidden extras.
Right from the outset James was able to inform us whether our requirements were feasible within the planning guidelines and our outline budget. He really listened to our needs and produced a thoughtful design that really works for us. Professionalism was maintained throughout the entire project with everything well explained both verbally and in writing enabling us, as complete novices, to make sensible informed decisions. Challenges that we faced were quickly resolved, with a two-way dialogue making us feel that we were listened to and that we came out with the right solution. James was also very pro-active, researching potential solutions and speaking to people on our behalf. The process was undertaken in a timely manner with regular updates and stages being completed when he said they would.
After planning permission had been accepted, James wasted no time in helping us put those plans into reality, and advising us through the tender stage. He recommended builders that he had worked with previously and was on hand to answer questions about the huge decision that we had to make.
During the build James continued to oversee the works in his down to earth manner. When at the outset we encountered seemingly major issues (to us anyway) that would not have given us the solution that we wanted, James sorted them out with the builder on our behalf.
Now the project is finished, we all absolutely love our house, it is like having a new home. It is so much better than we had even imagined at the outset. We have a lovely bright, airy kitchen with gorgeous views of the garden and wonderful roomy bedrooms all in keeping with the surrounding area. We now use all of the rooms in the house and have a real feeling of space. As well as the major design decisions such as room sizes and layouts, James guided us through all the additional options that we wouldn’t have thought of such as lighting and underfloor heating, that have given us a house with the real wow factor.
We cannot thank James enough; the extension has far outweighed our expectations. So many people in the local area have commented on the design and I have already recommended Studio J to a number of people and will continue to do so in the future.
We wish you all the best for the future.
Kathryn and Niall Monk
Below are a few photos of the project