Testimonials

Rear Extension – Leatherhead, Surrey

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Mr & Mrs Hodgson – Client

We engaged Joaquin to design and apply for planning for ground and first floor extensions to our house. We were impressed with his designs and had confidence from the outset that we had made the right choice of architect. Joaquin is creative, professional, courteous and extremely responsive. He is very receptive to feedback but equally is not afraid to constructively challenge ideas to deliver the optimal solution for his clients. He is always willing to go the extra mile and we would not hesitate to use him again or recommend him to others.

 

The Knock-Through – Ashtead, Surrey

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Mr & Mrs Tabraham – Client

We live in a semi-detached Victorian property and wanted to increase the feeling of space in our house, since these types of properties tend to feel cramped and dark. Joaquin worked with us with extreme patience, consideration and ingenuity to find affordable solutions that fitted our vision. He dealt with all the legal matters, such as the council, structural engineer and building control with expertise and speed. He has a great attention to detail with architecture and interior design. Throughout the whole process, we always felt we could ask him for advice about even the smallest of things. Often he would come with suggestions and ideas that we hadn’t thought of. We are very happy with the outcome and are thrilled with the improvement to our home. 

 

The 3 Peaks – Banstead, Surrey

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Mr & Mrs Annetts – Client

Joaquin was recommended to us and we would definitely recommend him ourselves.  We had a fair idea of what we wanted to achieve with our extension and from our first meeting, Joaquin was ready to listen to us, but also giving us some suggestions. He asked us lots of questions in order to have every little detail.  Throughout the process, Joaquin kept us in the loop and was very quick to respond to any queries or changes we had. Joaquin dealt with the planning application, which was great as we didn’t have to worry about it.

We are really pleased with the end result and thank Joaquin for the quality of his work.
 

The Get-Away – Bookham, Surrey

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Mr & Mrs Black – Client

Joaquin did a great job designing our new Garden Building.  The interior is light and airy and the exterior blends very nicely with the house and garden so we are delighted with the end result.  Thanks Joaquin!

 

Rosie’s Home – Leatherhead, Surrey

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Mr & Mrs O’Brien-Ward – Client

Joaquin provided us with Architectural services for our renovation / extension project. After discussing our project with a number of architects Joaquin provided us with the most aesthetically pleasing and in keeping proposal for our project which is in a conservation area.

Throughout the process he was extremely professional and talked us through what to expect and when. His proposal was sensitive and maximised the space to its full potential with ideas that none of the other architects we approached had considered. Joaquin also put us at ease early on with his open and approachable manner so that we felt comfortable making suggestions at the discussion phase even if implementation was not practical. He handled the negotiations with the local planning authority smoothly resulting in a timely approved planning application, followed up with support throughout our build. We would highly recommend Joaquin and have done so already to a number of friends and neighbours. Should we take on another project Joaquin will be first on the list to call. Thanks so much Joaquin for our beautiful new home! 

 

The Master Suite – South Croydon

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Mr & Mrs Culbert – Client

Joaquin of Keeps Architect has been professional and thorough throughout the design and build process. We really appreciated him working with us to reach the design solutions which maintained the integrity of the original house design and successfully incorporated the new design elements.

 

Exposed Structure – Surbiton

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Mr & Mrs Ellis – Client

On first meeting we found Joaquin of Keeps Architect to be extremely professional, he asked us lots of questions about what we wanted to achieve and how we expected to live in our new space, we had our own thoughts about how this might look but after seeing what Joaquin suggested, it really turned those ideas around. His designs of our rear and side extension, were beautiful. They made best use of the space, ensuring we had plenty of family room as well as giving us an office and dining area which really worked. We were very impressed with the plans he created for us. 

Joaquin dealt with all the documentation in regards to the planning permission which was a weight off our minds, everything was put together by Joaquin and then presented to us for review. Once construction began, Joaquin came out to see progress and was always happy help with questions we had on finishing and furnishing and also offered further suggestions once building had started to make the build even more unique to us.

We are totally blown away with what we now have, it is our dream home and without Joaquin’s input, we don’t think we’d even have considered what we now have. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Joaquin, his calm demur and eye for clever and innovative design is truly fantastic.

 

The Bright Entrance – Fetcham, Surrey

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Mr & Mrs Bacon – Client

Joaquin is a very talented architect, full of fresh ideas yet he is humble to listen to a client however crazy the ideas are and adapts the ideas to make something special. We were lucky enough to find him online amongst two other architects and as soon as we met him we knew he was the one to choose for our first ever renovation project.  Joaquin was very patient and helpful all the way from planning to completion. We couldn’t fault him at all. We’ve recommended him to 4 other friends who were considering to extend/renovate their houses and it’s not surprising that all of them chose him for their projects. However big or small your project, we would thoroughly recommend Joaquin 100%.

 

Cottage Renovation – Bookham

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Mrs Black – Client

Joaquin has been great to work with. He’s listened carefully to our ideas and gently formed them into something more concrete.  He’s been very patient when we’ve changed our minds about designs and he’s responded promptly to any queries or correspondence. We have no hesitation in recommending Joaquin of Keeps Architect.

 

Rear Extension – Surbiton

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Mr Atang – Client

For us the best features of working with Joaquin was his level of communication and the clarity. We were kept in the loop with all queries around the whole process from pre-extension design work, to the actual extension and most importantly post extension support. We would not hesitate to recommend Joaquin to our friends and relatives.

 

Rear Extension – Surbiton

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Mr Chappin – Client

Joaquin designed a single storey extension at the rear of my property for me. He proved himself to me highly professional and calm through the process. His designs were of a high standard and more than sufficient for the planning permission process and the builder. We had an issue with the permitted development vs planning permission process however Joaquin was calm and went the extra mile to secure the right permissions were granted as quickly as possible at no extra cost. I would use his services again tomorrow if needed and recommend him.

 

The Revival – Surbiton

New Kitchen / Dining

Mr & Mrs Ellis – Client

After speaking with Joaquin and talking about what we were thinking, he made us feel confident  that what we were imagining was actually possible. He also offered other ideas that we hadn’t considered which added a greater dimension to our project. Joaquin was very approachable and flexible when sharing the design plans. Joaquin was also very helpful with contacting external consultants such as Thames Water, and Party Wall Surveyor for additional information. We would have no hesitation in recommending Joaquin to anyone else about to embark on a building project. You would be in safe hands with Joaquin!

 

Loft Conversion – New Malden

Mr & Mrs A**** – Client

We had wanted to have our loft converted for a number of years but had been put off by the perceived stresses of dealing with planning departments, red tape and things going wrong.  Joaquin of Keeps Architect dealt with all of the issues we had been stalling over – he couldn’t have made it easier for us. Every deadline was met. It was the ultimate stress free experience for which we are very grateful. Joaquin’s professionalism throughout and his willingness to reassure and make our project a success was important to us and we have no hesitation in recommending him.

 

New Arrival – Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey

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Mr and Mrs Hinton – Client

We found Joaquin of Keeps Architect via a Google search and have to say we are so pleased we did.  We met with three architects to discuss our plans for an extension and we selected Joaquin as he was the most professional and after discussing our needs he displayed the greatest vision and came up with some really fresh ideas.  We were delighted with the plans that were drawn up and Joaquin dealt with the planning application on our behalf keeping us updated at every stage. He also negotiated with several builders and helped us decide on which company to use. The build is now complete and we are absolutely delighted with the end result. It has truly transformed our ground floor living space and added a wonderful new bedroom on the first floor.  We would highly recommend Keeps Architect.

 

The 2 Peaks – Weybridge, Surrey

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Mr and Mrs Greve – Client

Having consulted some specialist loft extension companies whose proposals left us underwhelmed, we asked Joaquin to work with us to create an extension that would look and feel like it had always been part of the house.  We were impressed with the ideas that he came up with and the professionalism and patience shown through a number of revisions and redrafts in order to get it just the way we wanted.  The quality of the drawings were excellent throughout and we were particularly impressed by the 3D sketches that he put together.  After settling on a plan, Joaquin dealt seamlessly with the council and ran the tender process to choose a builder.  Since the building works started, he has been in regular communication with our builder, has visited the site on a number of occasions and has efficiently dealt with any on site problems as they have arisen. We are very happy that we chose Joaquin to work with us on our loft extension and could not be happier with the outcome.

 

Home Gym – Fetcham, Surrey

Mr M. Brinckman – Client

After a disastrous experience with the first Architect, dealing with Joaquin was an entirely different experience. Not only did he take on a project that had already started, but introduced a number of new suggestions which added value and enhanced our original ideas.  The quality and detail of the plans and service were above our, and the building contractor’s expectations. The availability, follow up, and interest shown in our relatively small project was also well appreciated by all concerned. I would not hesitate in highly recommending Joaquin.

 

A New Home – Ashtead, Surrey

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Mr C. Michelsen – Client

After we interviewed a few architects it was obvious from the start that we would get on quite well with Joaquin. He quickly understood what we wanted, helped us along the way telling us what could and could not be done and finally was flexible enough to accommodate all changes. Joaquin also helped us with the Planning Permission and advised us when dealing with the council’s comments and observations. I would not hesitate to recommend him and will definitely use him for our next project.

 

Gable-End Lighting – Morden, South London

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Mrs E Raper – Client / Home Owner

We wanted to extend our small cramped kitchen without losing a reception room which meant building on to the rear of our property. With concerns over losing light and not wanting to end up with a long narrow dark room we consulted with architect Joaquin Gindre of Keeps Architect. He listened to our requirements and came up with solutions to maximise the space we could have to enable a feeling of space and light whilst retaining the character from the design of the house.  Due to restraints from a neighbouring property initial problems with the roof were overcome with his suggestion giving us the look we wanted both internally and externally. We are very happy with the result. I found Mr Gindre very professional and would have no problem in recommending him.

 

Loft Conversion – Tooting, South London

Mr L. Davies – Client

We already had planning permission for a loft conversion which involved raising the ridge level of the roof and were looking for an architect to plan this in detail. Joaquin took this project and also our aspirations for opening up the downstairs through to completion. He did this in a professional and helpful way keeping the project on budget. We are very pleased with the final effect and would recommend Joaquin to others.

 

The Guest Suite – Ashtead, Surrey

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Mr Dalzell – Client

We wanted to use the loft space in our detached Edwardian house, upgrade all the bathrooms and fit wood burning stoves. It was very important to us that all the work was exactly in keeping with the existing structure, style and materials.  Joaquin transformed our initial ideas and requirements into a detailed set of drawings and plans, managing to retain the period features and deliver a modern interior with some stylish touches.  RGBS itemised every cost of the build, delivered on budget (excluding a few upgrades or changes along the way) and maintained a complete dialogue throughout.  Every request was accommodated and the builders were all very skilled and took a lot of pride in their work, often working out of normal hours to ensure each part was finished to highest standard. The build was completed to a very high specification and both Joaquin and RGBS take a keen interest in the project even post completion.  We would recommend Joaquin Gindre and RGBS for a building project without hesitation.

 

Kitchen Extension – Bookham, Surrey

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Mr Borley – Builder

As the builder of this project I found the architect to be professional and efficient in all aspect of the build. He fostered a strong relationship with the client which allowed me to push forward with my job meeting almost no resistance from building control or the home owner. I found this to be a problem free build that clearly stemmed from the accuracy and detail in the planning.

 

New Garage & Gym – Ashtead, Surrey

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Mr New – Client

Joaquin was a pleasure to work with. He listened to our requirements and then came up some really good, practical but interesting ideas. He was punctual, efficient, courteous and professional. He handled the planner and building control – working closely with the builder. Very smooth and efficient process from start to finish. We have recommended him to a number of friends who have also used him. We’ll definitely use him for our next project.