Progressive Design London


Progressive Design completed a full renovation of our newly purchased 3 bed flat in NW London. The job included extensive layout changes which involved removing and adding walls (and steel beams), fully new electricals and plumbing and all brand new second fixes. I cannot recommend Marius and his team highly enough. Not only did they renovate the flat to the highest standard with impeccable attention to detail, but it was also a true pleasure to work with Marius throughout the project. We felt in safe hands the entire time and Marius never tired of our endless questions and maintained continuous communication through meetings and Whatspp. He incorporated all of our own design ideas in a practical and functional way and provided some valuable design input himself where requested. The workmanship of his team was near flawless and everyone who has seen the flat so far has been extremely impressed. It is very evident that Marius ultimately wants to see a happy client and so he and the team go above and beyond to make that happen, even accommodating last minute changes or unforeseen requests. Ultimately the project came in on budget and even a week ahead of schedule! If we ever get a chance to do another such renovation project we would definitely want to work with Progressive Design again!
almost 7 years ago
Project date: April 2017
Progressive Design did an amazing job transforming our kitchen and garden by creating an extension and landscaping our garden. They provided us with ideas and translated our designs into concepts that were better than we originally envisaged. The team were flexible, very professional and really nice people to work with. The Progressive Design care passionately about what they do and have returned to fix any issues or changes we have needed to make. They are a great team and we would definitely use them again or recommend them to others. 
over 8 years ago
Project date: January 2015
Ok….where do I start. Well that’s easy; in summary these guys are the real deal – simple as that! Below will hopefully explain why. We’ve had some smaller jobs completed by the guys at Progressive Design (new bathroom and new porch) - but this was our first big project – a 6m single story rear extension. Quotation Process:- Marius isn’t your typical builder who turns up at your door on a Monday evening to discuss an extension with you that you have literally no idea what the process is to complete such a project. By the end of it you have a far better understanding of how you are able to complete an extension of your dreams. Marius doesn’t simply turn up, look around and go away and quote. He goes through everything with you in minute detail (too much sometimes but you shouldn’t complain!!) - and really turns into your project manager. We were really impressed with his professionalism and the ideas he came up for us which made us really think about how we would proceed. Never was it a problem him to return to discuss the quotation, new ideas, meetings with the architect etc etc – his primary concern is us the customer and ensuring we get the extension we dreamed of. Aside from later which I will go into more detail one of the main reasons we returned to Marius and his team were budget; in those not once did Marius ask for any additional money or have any hidden costs; what he quoted was the final price which was testament to Marius as a project of this size was impressive to ensure this was met. The only additional funds ever were requested were when we asked for additional work etc. But the entire project was priced incredibly competitively compared to the other quotes we had so the decision was easy based on our past projects and recommendations from friends who used them in the past. The Team:- These guys are impressive. They work their socks off!! When you have English workers doing other things in the house it is embarassing to have them in the same building as Marius’s guys who includes his brother Ovidiu – the guys turn up bang on time and stay until they finish the task(s) they came for that day (usually past 18.30). Their work ethic was incredible and only took breaks when they really needed to compared to other tradesmen who had a part to play we often thought they could complete the job days earlier due to the number of coffee and cigarette breaks. An equally important factor were their professionalism – with a job of our size we had to ensure neighbour relations were kept good and they continually made sure that (us as well) was the case; they continually cleaned and kept everywhere as clean as possible. They are ALL the most skilled people I have seen before; the kinds of things they could do baffled us at times and with Marius being over more often that not to check on proceedings, we were 100% confident the whole time with the Progressive Design team.  Things of course did not always go to plan (weather, findings within the house beyond our control that nobody would have known about) - but Marius was always accomodating and ensured he found the most cost effective solution for us; as with everyone a budget is there for a reason and he more often came up with the best solution. The project was completed pretty much on time (sooner than I thought which was an added bonus) and my wife and I now can’t believe the space that has been created along with the project being, to our eyes, completed to the highest standards!! In the days (and weeks) of us moving back Marius was always able to drop in to check on any concerns of ours and anything that needed a site visit by his team would (usually) be within the day or certainly 2 days. The team were able to complete about 95% of the works – the only thing were brand new windows/doors which required FENSA contractors. Progressive Design provided the following services (from what I can remember in no particular order!!):- Project Management from Marius! Architect issues – the guys spotted fundamental mistakes which could have caused major future problems Everything re the build Plumbing (everthing!) Electrics Floor tiling/wood flooring (inc. floor levelling!) Underfloor heating Sky lights Kitchen install New patio New floor insulation in other rooms AV installation And probably a lot more than I can’t think of
over 8 years ago
Project date: January 2015
We decided to get a loft conversion, somewhere the kids could play (we only have one reception room). Progressive Design were a breath of fresh air, they helped us at every step and made things very easy for us. They helped with planning and fire regs and squeezed a staircase in where we hadn't even thought of. The workmen turned up on time and were very polite and friendly, just what you need when you are having modifications carried out. I recommend Progressive Design to anyone!!
almost 9 years ago
Project date: March 2015
Highly Recommend Progressive Design Background: We moved to Amersham in 2021 having bought a 1920s house that was habitable but required modernising in terms of asbestos removal, rewiring and insulating. In addition to that work, we wanted to extend the ground and first floors to make it a more open plan living space. Following a tender process, we chose Progressive Design and they were excellent from start (Apr 2022) to finish (Jan 2023). In what was potentially a very stressful project in inflationary times with a young family (newborn and 3 year old), every challenge was dealt with efficiently, creatively and economically. The main reasons for why we would recommend Progressive Design are as follows: Dedicated Inhouse Team: this was a particular strength of the company and one that we think is quite rare having done three house renovations previously. The electrician, the plasterer, the carpenter, the foreman, sound and security, the plumber etc were all coordinated by Progressive Design. That provided focused responsibility, allowing for efficient decision making and communication. Also, the inhouse team worked very well with our kitchen, bathroom and flooring suppliers; they commented on how easy it was to work with the team. Creativity: there was never a reaction of “not possible” and that was a reflection of the building knowledge within Progressive Design. There were many good solutions that we had not considered and they provided corrections for wrong decisions that we had made. For example, installing water softeners, creating different underfloor heating zones to economise working from home, re-working window apertures, maximising storage in eaves and understairs, sound proofing and sourcing prompt oil filled electric radiators to help our floor fitters get the house to the required temperature. Budget and Cost Transparency: one of the reasons that we selected Progressive Design in the tender process was the detail in their quote. We were very concerned about inflation and they understood our budget constraints by pricing additional work quickly and communicated different options for us to consider. A particular cost-avoidance for us was their ability to cost up all non-perishable materials so that we had the option to purchase them as soon as possible in 2022 when inflation was ramping up. Work Ethic: we rented a flat locally and we observed how dedicated the team were to completing our project on time. Our neighbours were very positive about the team, commenting on their hard work and how considerate they were on site. Project Management and Communication: we had Marius as our project manager and George as our foreman. They were our main point of contacts throughout the whole project both onsite and also made themselves available via a WhatsApp group and direct mobile calls. There was also office support through Toria which was helpful for design questions and administration. We had weekly meetings which they documented and updated valuations and the project timeline. Additionally, the team worked well with building control and our engineer to meet their requirements. Quality of Workmanship: we wanted the renovation of the house to be sympathetic to the 1920s design and the Progressive team managed to re-use and refurbish the old doors, fashion the architraves and build cabinetry to achieve this. The positive reactions from family and friends is testament to their craftsmanship.
6 months ago
I cannot recommend Marius, Ovidiu and everyone at Progressive Design enough. When gathering quotes for our house renovation (open plan kitchen with rear extension, downstairs w/c and utility room), we struggled to find builders who people would recommend and heard plenty about how stressful house renovation could be...but we didn't experience any stress with Progressive and couldn't be happier to recommend them to anyone planning to update their house. Marius demonstrated his professionalism from our very first meeting, and throughout the four month project he and his team consistently impressed. Progressive Design care about ensuring their clients have the best experience possible, and actively work to minimise the typical problems encountered during renovations. The team work hard, are true professionals and consistently tidy. Marius is calm, considerate, conscientious, consultative and reliable, and every one within Progressive displays the same qualities. I met weekly with him as well as Ovidiu to discuss progress, and they were both always on hand to advise, guide as well as expertly manage expectations throughout. As a result, our project was completed within the estimated timeframe to a seriously high quality, with everything from the major considerations to the most minor request accommodated without question. In addition, Ovidiu and the team have remained in contact to deal with every minor tweak we've subsequently needed. We're over the moon with the results and love spending time in our renovated home. I'm happy to recommend Progressive Design and am so pleased we partnered with them on our project.
about 1 year ago
From the moment we started our building project to the end of it, everyone at Progressive Design has been a pleasure to deal with and extremely supportive. Most of our project was carried out during the difficult environment of COVID but Progressive were incredibly well organised and exceptionally professional throughout the challenging times. Progressive always made us feel at ease and nothing was ever too much trouble for them. Progressive were also able to suggest design enhancements which we would never have thought of but have made such a positive difference to the final design of our house. The quality of Progressive’s work is excellent and we are delighted that we chose to work with them. We would thoroughly recommend Progressive Design and would not hesitate to use them again for a building renovation.
over 1 year ago
Marius, Ovidiu and the whole Progressive Design team were fantastic before, during and after our work had been completed. We had a large project which lasted 10 months, encompassing a full renovation as well as a double storey rear extension, a loft conversion and full external works including landscaping. The team on site worked hard and conducted themselves well. The project was delivered in line with the initial detailed quotation and any unforeseen issues were dealt with in consultation with us. The aftercare and level of service have been excellent. We have no hesitation in recommending Progressive Design and have already done so. Thank you for building our dream family home!
over 1 year ago
We would absolutely recommend Progressive Design. This was our first ever project and we felt guided and supported throughout by Marius, Ovidiu and the team. Our site lead Daniel also did a fantastic job on all aspects of the work. The project itself was efficiently completed, meeting our expectations in terms of timing. Most importantly, we felt that the team were available to discuss issues and around to resolve them at a moment's notice (and they continue to be today). We are now living in our flat and we are absolutely delighted with the outcome. Big thanks to the whole team!
over 1 year ago
Excellent building company , can't recommend their services high enough, always going the extra mile for customer satisfaction , a pleasure to do business with every time !
about 2 years ago
Great owner. Great attention to detail. Thoroughly recommend.
over 3 years ago
I used Progressive Design for refurbishing my Victorian home last year. They are professional, reliable, detail oriented and adapted fast to any changes that we threw their way. If you are looking to have any work done to your home, look no further. I would give 6 stars if I could.
over 3 years ago
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.
about 4 years ago
Having completed an office extension Progressive Design then moved the team to our house 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!
over 4 years ago
I've known Marius and his team at Progressive Design for years now. Always polite, always on time, with an exceptional eye for detail we've completed some great projects together. I would highly recommend Progressive Design!!
about 5 years ago
Marius and his team were a pleasure to have around for no less than 9 months. They worked extra hard to accommodate us still living in our home as they created one room from three downstairs, converted our garage into an annexe, fitted a new kitchen and created a new loft conversion with bedroom, dressing area and bathroom. There was always a big team onsite getting the work done. Marius was great at communicating and keeping on top of the project and budget. Their costings were broken down very clearly so there were no hidden shocks along the way. The guys onsite were always friendly and respectful and just great to have around. I would highly recommend them for their professionalism and personable nature but also of course for the great workmanship and finish that they provided. Highly recommend and have already done so to two friends who have also been pleased with their work.
over 6 years ago
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