Recently, we had David Coulson and his team in to complete a renovation on our 30-year-old house to accommodate our growing family.
David impressed us from the beginning. The other designers we invited to our home came right through the front door, took a cursory look around our house, and told us that our only option was to create a second floor. When David arrived, he took a tour around the outside of the house for almost an hour, examining how and where the house sat on the property and how it related to the features of our property. Then, when he finally came in for a cup of tea and a chat, we spent a fantastic collaborative hour coming up with options. He was very sensitive to our budget constraints, and of the many options he presented to us, we chose one that he designed to be built in stages. Should we ever need to expand again, the infrastructure is in place. In the meantime, by thinking outside of the box, he converted our covered double carport off the kitchen into an incredible foyer and master suite.
During the construction phase, David’s team was lead by Don Verge. I can’t say enough about the professionalism and conduct of this team. Inevitably, when you are dealing with an older house, we ran into a few problems and discovered some fixes that had to be dealt with, but David, Don, and the team tackled them all. Nothing was done without 110% effort and attention to quality. As my father commented, “These guys are better than Mike Holmes!”
We should mention that at the time of the start of construction, we had a newborn in the house. Don and his crew were very sensitive to working around naps and quiet times, which we very much appreciated! They were also very nice to our 2-year-old, who wanted to spend all day watching “the guys”.
Finally, even though David and his team have multiple projects running at the same time, they always made us feel like their most important project. David, Jane, Don, and the rest of the team were immediately reachable by phone and they made themselves available to us whenever we needed a meeting, often within the same day.
On the whole, our experience with David Coulson and his team was nothing short of wonderful. They took a potentially stressful experience of major renovations (with a newborn and a toddler running around thrown in!), and made it relatively stress-free. Chris and I would not hesitate to recommend David and his team to anybody considering designing and building a new house, or renovating what they have.
Chris and Leanne Schultz