Natasha and Alastair Laing
Simon Howes from Howes Design built our dream house in 2008 in midstream estate. He was exceptionally professional in assisting us from start to finish. He assisted us in all our choices with the finishes and making sure we were happy with the quality of the building work at all time. Nothing was ever an issue for him. He was always prepared to walk the extra mile which not many builders do. His work is of very high standard and quality and I can highly recommend him to anyone wanting to build their dream home or to do renovations. He can be trusted and it was a real pleasure working with him and his very efficient team throughout the building process. I would gladly give a reference to this outstanding company. Thanks Howes’ designs for making our building experience a pleasant one. It was a pleasure dealing with you and your wonderful team. Be assured I will refer you to all who needs a good builder !!!
Larry and Janet Kloppenborg
BUILDING AND RENOVATIONS
We want to thank you and your company for making our recent building operations and renovations a pleasant experience. Your professional approach was recognised and appreciated from our first meeting and remained constant throughout the whole project, especially regarding managing all the different trades that had parts to play and finalising everything for completion. The professional advice that you gave during the preparation of the initial quotation and as work progressed was much appreciated. Yes, we should have listened more initially to your advice, to avoid rework as we came to realise that you can't do only parts of things as the complimentary details make the whole project. The design work that you did, based on our rough ideas, has not only complimented our house but kept it within context of the rest of the house's architecture. To this your time management of the project and completion within the agreed timeframes, meant that we remained within budget and other arrangements were not disrupted. A special thanks must go to your supervisor (Stefan) and the team who were always courteous, wellmannered and kept the site clean and tidy during the operation, this really meant a lot to us, as an indicator that this not just another job, but a personal commitment to our project and our house. Once again from the whole family we thank you for making our building and renovations a most pleasant experience and we will be using your services in the future.
Simon Howes did renovations on my house, January 2011. All work was well finished but more importantly Simon will constantly come back until you are completely satisfied; all small things were finished and checked for months after renovations were completed. Work done on my house, new garage built on, complete pool renovation, two bathrooms revamped, kitchen completely redone, and touch-up paving outside and new maid quarters built on. I highly recommend him, for any references please feel free to contact me.
Barbara & Victor Stupel
Substantial home renovations and alterations
Barbara and I were recommended to use Howes Designs by friends of ours, Farrel Sternberg and Stan Brenner. We required substantial renovations and alterations at our new home. Word cannot describe the excellent job done by Howes Designs. In our wildest dreams, we could not imagine such skill, efficiency, expertise and friendliness! We would be proud to show our home to any prospective clients.
Renovations to Entire Home
Building projects new or additions are stressful situations for most folks - will the builder deliver or will he simply leave and you left with a job for another builder. I have had my fair share of these experiences and I can relate most of the experiences were not very pleasant. To begin my specific project - I required a specific provider that would cater for all my needs, my past experiences gave me the insight to know what I needed apart from the obvious. One of my specific requirements were that I definitely did not want to supervise anybody as I do not have the time or the appetite. Quality work and reliability are attributes that I treasure greatly and I think I made this abundantly clear. In summary the project was an upgrade of my entire home, roof exposed, new kitchen, new bathrooms, new flooring etc and I was living in the home while all this activity was undertaken and completed. The project took approximately five months and I can only conclude my expectations were met and exceeded. It really was a great experience having these guys around, my wife actually mentions that she misses them as she got use to having them around during the day. Once Again Thanks.
George & Jenell Farmer
Alterations and Additions
This letter is to serve as a positive reference for Howes Designs, who made an 8- month Alterations and Additions building contract to our existing home, a pleasant experience. Howes Designs assisted us with the planning of new and existing spaces, sketch plans, drawings and approval at the City of Tshwane for major alterations and additions. (We moved for the period of the building contract.) The project started at the beginning of February 2009 and was finished in a timely manner and as specified in the contract. Simon and his team demonstrated courtesy, professionalism and competency each day. Simon was always willing to address any concerns and exhibited a true dedication to the management of the company and client satisfaction. The finished project was a showcase of the workmanship of Howes Designs and we have had numerous complements from our friends and family. We would definitely recommend Simon and his team as one can find comfort in that they will provide quality, cost effective workmanship, and full customer satisfaction.
High standard of construction
I must mention that we have recently moved to a new small complex in Monument Park. The construction of two of the units are not yet complete and it is terribly frustrating for us to watch the builders plod along in such a directionless, low standard construction process with very little management, resulting in very poor quality workmanship in an unbelievably slow time frame! We miss your high standard of construction and talk about you often amongst ourselves with very high regard. We will definitely employ your services in the future should we build a new house. It was an absolute pleasure working with you and will refer to your business, as often we can, friends, family and colleagues.
Workmanship is of the highest standard
I have had many opportunities to work with the Howes Team in both small and large projects I have found them to be completely professional with pride in what they do. Their workmanship is of the highest standard and their knowledge of the building trade enables them to offer you sound advice. The project is always fully supervised and the client is always advised on the progress. Many years after a project is completed, you can still rely on the Howes team to assist you in any problems that may arise.
Wishing to strip down and completely redo our on-suite bathroom in our home, we sought a reference from someone that would confidently recommend a contractor in a business that is often fraught with clients being left high and dry. A family friend and architect by profession recommended Simon Howes. His project management, knowledge and expertise from the design stage to the snagging, problem resolution and completion was outstanding. Having been involved in major refurbishment projects in my career as a Hotel General Manager for a major hotel operator in South Africa, I pride myself in my eye for detail when it comes to seeing snags and imperfections. I was surprised when Simon saw snags that I simple could not see and corrected them. The primary reason, over and above the integrity and diligence shown by Simon and his employees, for not considering any other contractors in this field when the next stage of our renovations arrives, will be the quality of the finished product largely due to his uncompromising dedication to a faultless finish that leaves you in the knowledge that you have enjoyed value for money.