What our valued customers say

  • We hired Rick and Claro Design to convert our attic from an open space into two bedrooms and a bathroom. We were very happy with the standard of the work and the experience of having the job done (while we lived in the house). Rick's team were all unfailingly polite and worked to a very high standard in all the various trades. Rick managed the whole project from beginning to end and was consistently on hand to oversee, advise and get stuck in. The communication was excellent and the end result beautiful. Would most definitely recommend!

    Dr David Miller
  • Rick and his team at Claro just completed a 3-4 month piece of work to open up a large internal space—remove interior wall and install a high spec kitchen/living room. The result is fantastic and we are really pleased. Rick has setup something relatively unique in that he has a keen desire to work on contemporary projects at a competitive price. I am most impressed with his attention to detail e.g. his focus on componentry like door locks, architraves etc. Throughout the project, the floor was mopped every night to respect the fact we were living on site and I even caught him cleaning the windows on the last day—I don't think many builders show that much respect to their end product. I strongly recommend.

    Andrew Robinson Review from Google Reviews of Claro Design and Build
  • Rick and team did a great job building our new veranda roof. We wanted a quality finish and we got it. The best thing was they seemed to genuinely care about what we wanted. From specific joints to look of the timber finish to recommending suppliers for decent lighting or galvanised, squared guttering. Not just building another roof. Happy to recommend the team.

    Fergus Roche Recommended on MyBuilder
  • I'm very happy with the job. Rick and Mark completed the work on time and on budget, and they exceeded my expectations. They were very easy to deal with; polite, professional and experienced people. I will definitely use this company again.

    Andy Mason Recommended on MyBuilder
  • Rick involved me in all the key stages of the loft conversion. This was invaluable—it meant I was involved from the start and kept in the loop for all the vital decisions - some that were critical to a great outcome. Such "hand-holding" was ideal to someone inexperienced, and it went down to the level of taps and tiles—with the various pros and cons of the possible options clearly explained. The end result is a beautiful space with amazing view of our new city, and we are delighted with it.

    Zoe Boord Reviewed on Google
  • Rick and the Claro team built a fantastic garden office for me in 2016. I run a business from home and wanted to keep work life very separate from home—but not far to reach. Rick instinctively understood my desire for high-quality materials and careful planning. This led to a functional, stylish construction that provides usable, natural space all-year-round. It was hugely important to respect a mature Acer tree that was there long before I was—this was totally understood and observed. The resulting building blends beautifully into its surroundings, looks amazing and is a joy to work from. The tree has remained happy and the neighbours love the end result as much as I do. Rick brought a valuable blend of skills - experience, project management, contemporary design knowledge, a friendly and capable team with genuine care for their craft. I am happy to recommend the services of Claro to all who are looking to maximise their space with a beautiful outcome.

    Kevin Browning Recommended on LinkedIn
  • Rick and Mark took care of all aspects of our kitchen refit and left us with a light, beautiful, and totally practical space. When it came to design, they worked collaboratively with us to make our ideas reality – guiding us when we weren't sure and advising us when we were. Though they bring a full range of expertise, their technical skills are matched by a strong sense of design: their knowledge of materials and understanding of home ergonomics meant that they were able to come up with great-looking design solutions to suit our space and lifestyle. They also care about details! Rick and Mark listened to our everyday needs and wants, and built us a kitchen where everything is in the right place – and looking good too. Rick and Mark are a brilliant team and have exacting work standards and a positive approach that were both educational and fun to be around.

    Helen Liston Reviewed on Houzz UK
  • Rick was the site manager of our building project, a significant reconstruction and restyling of our house. He was reliable and dealt with issues effectively and found good solutions to problems. He worked well with other disciplines and with our neighbours and ensured that the project was programmed to make best use of resources. He has a good eye for design and detail. We are happy to recommend him.

    Alison Bromilow Independent Planning Advisor
  • Excellent customer care prior to the work. High quality workmanship delivered on time and for a very good price.

    Will be using Rick for all similar work in the future. I have no reason not to recommend Rick and his business to others, you will not be disappointed.

    Matt Ewing Senior Site Agent at BAM Nuttall Ltd
  • I was very impressed by Rick’s personable nature and ability to translate complex structure and design schematics into simple to understand terminology. Rick has a unique set of skills as he understands the process of building but also the importance of aesthetics and design features, which were vital to achieve the desired finish. I would highly recommend Rick to anyone seeking advice, guidance, consultancy and delivery for all aspects of building and construction.

    Kevin Rees Business Development Manager at Fujitsu

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