Below is a selection of some recent testimonials.
When we were considering the complete renovation of our small house in North Oxford, the firm of Holland and Green was recommended to us. Having seen something of their work and having met Ben Holland, we did not look at any other architectural practice and the outcome of the service, with which we have been delighted, has shown that our decision was absolutely right.
We were not easy customers because we did not know what we wanted, we do not understand construction and we kept changing our minds. However, at every point from initial designs through building regulation specification to the tendering process and contract administration, the professional expertise of all members of the firm, with various complementary skills, has been superb, as has their sympathetic, patient and constantly reassuring approach. We have felt very well looked after and have in fact enjoyed a process that we were not looking forward to. Communication has always been speedy, clear and effective.
The quality of the work of Holland and Green could not in our opinion be bettered. The results of their work are first class and we would happily recommend their services to others.
Mark and Jenny, Oxford
We love our new kitchen and bathroom. It’s amazing how much extra space and light the extension has given us.
Lisa and Leon, Jericho
We were very impressed from start to finish with Stephen Green's input to our loft conversion and house extension project. From the initial explanation of the entire process to his supervision of the key aspects of the building work to his availability when queries arose, his work was top rate. But all of this was dwarfed by his vision for our kitchen extension. We have a more beautiful home than we could have imagined. Thank you, Stephen, for your professionalism throughout.
Duncan, Hampton Hill
Thanks for your expertise and support in moving the project along so quickly – really appreciated!
Stuart and Tracey, Princess Risborough
We employed Stephen Green to help us design an extension and a new bathroom for our two bedroom house. Stephen is extremely articulate, gave us good advice at our meetings and has a very helpful Back Office team (we worked a lot with Charlene, who was great). Apart from his extensive knowledge of architecture and the building process, we were also impressed by Stephen's forward thinking and how he is constantly developing new services to help his clients. We would definitely recommend talking to Stephen and finding out what he can do for you.
Daniel and Esther, South London
Holland and Green provided an exceptionally well organised and competent service. The remit was to provide a design, and obtain planning approval for a side return and rear extension to a Victorian Terrace. Planning Permission was given despite a number of difficult last minute comments. The Planning Officer even complemented me on the service provided by H&G! The service was extremely cost effective and flexible, and I would urge potential clients to compare H&G fees against those of traditional architectural practices. I have recommended H&G to a number of my colleagues and friends.
Ben and Rukeya, Oxford
Stephen Green has provided an excellent service designing our kitchen re-build and extension. I would happily recommend his services to anyone considering similar work. Drawings were provided in a timely manner, clearly reflecting our expectations. Any questions or concerns we had were addressed completely and quickly. If you engage Stephen you will be in very safe hands and can expect the highest level of service.
Ben from Holland and Green has done a fantastic job for us. Efficient and friendly with a great back office team. We couldn’t recommend them enough.
Adrian and Claire, Oxfordshire
We were relative novices at building projects before hiring Stephen at Holland & Green for architectural services when we commissioned a loft conversion for our Edwardian semi in Richmond. He helped us formulate our initial design ideas and allowed us to explore various options through several iterations - all at a pace we were comfortable with. He showed considerable patience when we requested changes to the drawings. What we appreciated most was the degree to which Stephen strove hard to accommodate our own (sometimes amateurish) requests rather than adopt the patronising manner of a professional who always knew better. We benefited from the fact that he was prepared to work closely with our builder and the structural engineer when the occasion demanded and was ready to freely share with us his own experiences on building work generally. At all stages Stephen took great care to ensure we understood the full planning and building control contexts of our project, he filed the necessary applications promptly & exploited a recent change in our local council's building regulations in order to optimise the space available to us.
For these reasons, I have no hesitation in recommending Stephen's services to future clients of Holland & Green
David and Anne, Richmond
Many thanks for your design which transformed an old lean-to structure into a fantastic wet-room shower and utility area. Your suggestion of a gabled vaulted roof makes the area feel much bigger than it was before and enabled the builders to work to a clear design. Thanks for your efficient service and attention to detail.
Gareth and Lorna - Oxfordshire
We asked Stephen Green to design our kitchen extension and he suggested a vaulted ceiling with glass domes that open electronically. It worked out exactly as planned and created the 'wow' factor we were looking for. We are thrilled with the finished project. Stephen was professional, enthusiastic and approachable throughout and had a good rapport with our builder. Stephen was recommended to us by a work colleague and we have already recommended him to friends, who are also very happy with his work. Jeremy and Clare - Tandridge
Thanks so much for all your hard work - we've been very impressed with your efficiency.
Charlotte and Martin – Oxford
I have done some renovation work before, but this little Victorian cottage cannot have been touched since about 1900 and needed some serious work. The layout was somewhat confusing with small box-like rooms and the classic lean-to disaster of a “bathroom” (if you can call it that) on the back. It had an attempted conservatory as a “side extension” that I needed to transform.
I was recommended to meet Stephen by my builder. I walked Stephen through my vision one evening after work. He got it immediately, and picked out in a very complimentary way the things I could do to further improve that vision.
Stephen is a pleasure to work with, he was attentive and I always knew he was doing the very best he could for me, the effort was second to none, working all hours to make sure my applications were in on time, and that my drawings never got left in an in-tray at the council for long! He has taken an genuine interest in the build and has been on hand to deal with questions all the way through. The finished product is exactly what I wanted and is a fabulous use of the space I had.
I have and will continue to recommend Stephen and Holland and Green to anyone who is taking on a similar project. You will be in safe hands with Stephen and you really are getting value for money when you sign up to this service.
Diana - Teddington
We asked Holland & Green to design a small extension for us to replace our shed. Not only did Ben come up with an attractive design which incorporated a laundry room and a separate shed, the company took complete charge of the planning process. When at the last minute a neighbour had reservations, the design was promptly altered to accommodate his concerns. Holland & Green could not have been more efficient, friendly or professional.
Andrew - Oxford
We had wanted a large kitchen dining room where we could create great food, spend our spare time close to the garden, entertain and dine friends and family.
Holland and Green turned our requirements into plans and structural calculations and details to satisfy Planning, Building Regulations and allowed the builder to create our dream.
In reality, we have improved our quality of life and in doing so have added value to our property.
Our dream became a reality, thank you.
Peter and Anna - Richmond
I wanted to write to you to thank you for the services that you and Holland & Green have provided to us in support of our project for the extension and reconfiguration of our home. We have now identified our builder and the work should start in the next few weeks.
As relative novices to the process of initiating domestic building work, we not only needed help with designing the modifications to our new home, but we also needed cost effective help and guidance through the planning permission and building regulation processes. My wife and I feel that you have successfully helped us with all of this and we are very happy with the results. We are particularly pleased with the way you engaged with us as we iterated the design for the loft conversion and extension, through the home visits or using the Client page on your website to enable us to review and comment on the designs as they evolved. We are also very impressed with your tenacity in chasing progress on our planning permission application which resulted in permission being granted within expected time-scales.
Please extend our thanks to your team and you can rest assured we will be recommending you to any friends who are planning developments to their homes.
Charles and Lee - Monks Risborough, Buckinghamshire
Dear Holland and Green team, I am delighted with the design work you carried out for the refurbishment project. Your design captured the spirit of how we wish to live in our house. Many thanks for managing so successfully the planning application and party wall issues. We love our house.
Leo - Oxford