It’s hard to talk about Ruth’s contribution to our building project without descending into clichés. However, it is undoubtedly the case that that Ruth “changed our life”.
The original brief was to find a way to give us an extra bathroom (we had a large Victorian house with five large bedrooms but just one bathroom and didn’t want to simply carve up a bedroom and end up with a space which felt odd or mean). We ended up taking the roof off the house and effectively adding an entire new floor, giving us two extra bathrooms and a glorious master suite with incredible City views (we knew that view was there somewhere and Ruth’s clever planning helped us to liberate it). Ruth very shrewdly spotted at the outset that our roof was about a foot and a half lower than next door’s (to which we are attached) and this meant we could create an attic room which feels nothing like an attic room, because of the additional height. Ruth’s clever planning also meant we retained lots of storage space as well as space for space’s sake – the result is that our “new” home is both practical and luxurious.
I am sure we weren’t the easiest of clients. We had lots of strong ideas about the look and feel of our interiors and, as lawyers, a tendency to focus on all the detail. However, Ruth was always extremely patient and professional, and simply fantastic with the builders. No falling out, and pretty much on time and on budget thanks to her meticulous planning.
We are very happy customers.