It’s been fun working with the BVDS team – which isn’t how I’d expected to describe what I had imagined would be a stressful process of doing a loft conversion whilst still living in the house.
Together, the team got the balance just right between creativity – so we’d have a loft space that’s both usable and has impact – and attention to detail to see everything through to completion.
From initial design ideas, through to the tender process, keeping track of costs, and the paperwork needed for completion, it went pretty smoothly. And when there were complications, Ewald & George steered things back on track. We’re delighted with the result.
Chris and Les
We moved into an old house which needed a lot of work done. We struggled with a local architect for 6 months before giving up. Luckily we then found Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects.
They had everything we wanted in an architect: someone who listened to us, made efforts to understand our needs and wants, had loads of ideas but didn't force any on us, and was completely reliable throughout. I have no doubt that the extension we created would have been far less impressive (and its creation magnitudes more stressful) if we didn't have them guiding us through it.
They did a fabulous job and we will be hounding them to help us on our next project in a few years time!
Chris and Mariko
Overall our experience of working with George and Ewald has been a real pleasure. Neither me nor my husband are familiar with doing work on this scale and the team guided us through with ease. We started by using the team to design and manage the build of our loft conversion and were so pleased with them we went on to ask them to do the same for our side return extension.
The initial design process was really fun - looking at all the options and drilling down to a final design. The team came up with great ideas but were also really open to incorporating in our ideas and changes. They really helped take the fear factor out of a big building project. Their network of builders is good and they gave us insight into the different companies to help us choose the most appropriate for our project. They managed the build well, really taking a lot of the stress out of it for us.
It's been a really enjoyable process and we would highly recommend the team to anyone!
Lucy and Evan
When we decided to renovate our late Victorian House, we interviewed several local architects. George and Ewald were approachable, interested in our house and what we wanted from the renovation works and competitively priced.
We wanted the extension to be sympathetic to the fabric of the existing building, but also to create a light, spacious kitchen area. BVDS took on that brief and the finished kitchen bears testimony to their contribution.
We had a lot of fun working together and if we ever needed a site drawing prepared quickly, or an on site inspection at short notice, their commitment to the scheme was excellent. We very much recommend BVDS to others and hope to work with them again on our next scheme
Sam and Victoria
We needed expert advice to take our ideas, enhance them and turn them into realistic, exciting and affordable designs. George and Ewald did exactly that. The architects challenged our original basic ideas to ensure that we got the best from the proposed space and budget. This was our first experience of working with architects and it was certainly an enjoyable one.
We truly believe that, between us, we have created something very special. We now have a "wow factor" kitchen/dining/living space that is bathed in light and highly usable.
George and Ewald have not only helped transform our home - they have truly transformed our lives. We live a completely different way now...the way we always wanted to....spending much more time with our two teenagers in the South facing part of our home with the space to really relax.
We would, of course, have no hesitation in recommending BVDS. Debbie and Terry
When we met George he spent some considerable time giving us great ideas on what we might achieve in terms if re-modelling our small apartment, making the most of the limited space. We liked his approach and enthusiasm and decided to invite him and Ewald to submit a design, incorporating our vision.
We were extremely pleased with their ideas and made very minor adjustments only. The project was supervised by them and they worked very closely with our builder. They also helped source materials which was most helpful.
We are extremely pleased with the finished design which is beyond our expectations.
Working with George and Ewald has been a pleasure and we are very happy to recommend them.
Maureen and David
It has been an absolute pleasure working with Bradley Van Der Straeten on the renovation of my flat.
The team are excellent at coming up with designs that are functional and practical, and they also have impeccable taste.
They were always available to advise me on my options on the project and are incredibly personable and easy to work with.
I am so happy with the result of the renovation and I am so thankful to the guys at Bradley Van Der Straeten for helping me put together my dream home!
We had two flats we wanted to convert into a house – not that much money, and no experience with building. So it’s fair to say we were a little daunted when we embarked on our project and started contacting architects. The reason we ultimately selected George and Ewald was that however inarticulately I explained our ideas George seemed to ‘get’ what we ultimately wanted to achieve and was able to translate these into something tangible and importantly personal to us – it was the little details of the design which really impressed us both then, and now we are living in it!
Working with George and Ewald was an easy process from our perspective. They combined great ideas with enough support throughout the process (in hindsight were incredibly patient with us at times) and were really open to receiving and giving us feedback when something really wasn’t going to work.
I would absolutely work with them again, and recommend them to others. Sarah and Adrian
From the first time I met Ewald all the way through to completion it has been a very positive experience.
I remember talking through my ideas with some other firms before meeting Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects; they were of course interested but were really only saying 'Yes, we can deliver your ideas'. But Ewald and George helped me go beyond my ideas such as suggesting that the could kitchen be moved.
A mezzanine was proposed as a much better use of the space than just lots more storage space among other thought provoking suggestions.
Ewald and George were engaging, imaginative and creative allowing me to visualise a solution that went beyond the obvious, which ultimately has given me something special.
Thanks again for designing my unique home and helping to make a life changing project very rewarding. Frances
We met Bradley Van Der Straeten Architects at one of the ‘meet an architect’ sessions at the Grand designs show.
In the very short 30 minutes we had together it became clear that they had much better ideas than we did about how to layout our cottage. Once engaged they proved very able listeners, incorporating all of our ideas and needs, as well as possessing a great imagination and vision for making things simultaneously interesting but also unified.
We are still delighted and amazed by the building and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process.
Simon and Helen
BVDS have great ideas! They designed my kitchen extension to take in all my requirements and realised them with an interesting design that worked perfectly and was beautiful as well.
They oversaw the builders with a great eye for any problems and helped to make what can be an uncomfortable disruption as bearable as possible.
I would recommend them unreservedly.