Progressive Design - Your bespoke home builder
5 Stars *****
We had the Progressive Design team to our home for a full renovation, part demolition, extension and complete remodel, doubling the floorplan in the process. We set a fairly high expectation for the finished product and the end result is a few steps beyond what we had hoped for. The main reason we bought into Marius from the outset was because of his attitude, nothing is too difficult which is in contrast to some other contractors that we had spoken to. Because we wanted to implement our own personality to the project and package out certain elements we wanted somebody that would enable this and Marius was keen to embrace it, going an extra step by liaising directly with each contractor that we had on the project to help with a smooth process. The team were fantastic, they have a brilliant attitude, always eager to help and to go the extra mile. George was the site manager on the house having moved over from the office project so the relationship was forged even further, he was excellent, always had the answers to queries very quickly, always aware of what was happening on site and always putting enormous pressure on himself to get the job done properly. As with the office, the list of items for snagging was surprisingly small as the teams worked on a lot of this before the end of the project and all seem to have a brilliant eye for detail. Any minor snags that we have found have been dealt with almost immediately. After spending 10 years building this team it seems that they all work cohesively and have all inherited Marius’ pride in his job and motivation for customer satisfaction. Overall we couldn’t have asked for anything more from these guys and we are absolutely delighted with our new house!
So much so that Toria now proudly works with them, ensuring that every client has the best experience they can when building their homes.
We first used Progressive Design to build a garage and summer room 4 years ago and were pleased with the results, so we contacted PD again when we finally got planning permission for a large extension to our house. We also invited 3 other companies to bid on our project, but ultimately chose PD. This decision was based on not only price, which was very competitive, but also attention to detail, flexibility and can-do attitude of owner Marius. These same qualities were continually exhibited throughout the 9 month long project (also included interior renovation of entire house and new roof) from Marius and his on-site team. A large project such as this of course comes with hiccups and some inconveniences, but Marius and his team went out of their way to minimise any negative impact on us. Our project is almost complete (on-time and on-budget) and I will (almost) miss having the white vans parked outside our house full of cheerful, helpful Progressive Design workers every day except Sundays!
The project was to build a 580 sq ft room above my garage with a staircase leading into the existing entrance hall which was to be extended to accommodate it. The room was to be a playroom for me and our grandchildren when they visit! I already knew Marius, the owner of Progressive Design, as I had met him a few years earlier when he had completed a fantastic two storey extension to my son’s house and after that he had installed a lovely new bathroom in the flat of one of my other sons. Marius was therefore an obvious choice to ask to quote for my work. I obtained a couple of other quotes as well from established, well regarded local builders. Marius was meticulous in preparing the quotation, every detail being discussed with me so he fully understood what was required e.g. matching the brickwork to the existing bricks and re-using the existing roof tiles so that the new room blended in well and didn’t look like an extension at all. His was not the cheapest quotation, nor was it the dearest but I knew that once it was accepted there would be no hidden extras, as there are with so many builders. This proved to be exactly the case with the only extras being for changes I made during the course of the project and even then Marius only charged for these if they actually involved him in additional expense. His attention to the detail of the project from start to finish was such that I was relaxed throughout rather than being continually tense!
Having agreed the deal with Marius he gave me a starting date and stuck to it. The team of workmen that Marius allocated to my job were excellent. They would work a long hard day and still be so friendly and obliging at the end of it, cleaning up as much as possible before leaving for the evening. Nothing was ever too much trouble for them. They would arrive promptly every day, with a few short exceptions which we were informed about. Unlike many builders they did not juggle several jobs at the same time or disappear for days on end without notice. Marius or his brother Ovidiu would turn up several times a week to monitor progress and discuss with me any issues that may have arisen or any changes I wanted to make as the job progressed. One aspect of extending the entrance hall was to bring forward the existing timber and glass outer wall. The other builders I spoke to wanted to replace it but Marius’s men were skilful enough to completely move the existing wall forwards thus totally preserving the appearance of the front of the house. Having done this the whole extended floor of the hall was to be retiled and Marius recommended a tile supplier where my wife and I went and chose the most amazing tiles. We liked them so much that we bought enough to also retile the floor and walls of the downstairs cloakroom which leads off the hall. In fact with Marius’s help we refurbished the whole cloakroom with all new units. This was the only major addition to the project but we agreed the cost in advance with Marius and we were delighted with the finished result which complemented the other works so well.
The project drew to an end just before Christmas and we ordered a large L-shaped sofa for the new room. We had measured it in the shop to ensure it would go up the new staircase but failed to adequately take into account the sharp turn at the top of the stairs into the new room! Within hours a couple of Marius’s men, who were still on site, had partially dismantled the sofa, got it up the stairs and put it together again so professionally that no-one would ever know. All as a goodwill gesture at no extra charge – that’s service. This is a good example of the work ethic of Marius and his whole team. The job was finished in time for Christmas and the children loved it!
In summary, an amazing job completed very professionally and with great skill by a friendly and efficient team. I have no reservations in highly recommending Progressive Design; they really did exceed my expectations.
This is the 2nd time I have used Progressive Design. It was for an extensive refurbishment of a 2 Bedroom flat. They project managed and carried out all works for me. Progressive Design have a number of jobs they do at the same time, however they make the client feel as if they are the only job they are working on. They were always contactable day and night and should problems arise, which was very rare, they always had a solution .
I would not hesitate to use them again or indeed recommend them to friends and family. The standard of their workmanship was first class.