Client stories and testimonials

"We Love Our River" - Barbara Chandler of the Evening Standard meet a couple who have said goodbye to a noisy London flat.

A serene summer evening on the river at Hampton Court, and the only drama is the sound of water negotiating a nearby weir — plus the occasional honking of a goose. "It's not like the nonstop din of our old flat at Canary Wharf," chuckles Conrado Galves, sitting contentedly aboard his new "floating home" moored off Ash Island, at the end of a long row of boats. He shares this little haven with his wife, Ana Abar, who he met in their home country of Brazil while working on the same TV production.

Their home is not a cramped houseboat with tiny windows and no room to turn, but an example of a new breed of floating home — a sleek, modern, pale wood floating house with easy head heights and a glassy run of sliding picture windows and doors revealing views out over the river.

 "most of all we love our surroundings," says Conrado. "We are connected with nature in a way we never knew was possible". 

"The view is our main decoration," says Conrado. An outside staircase at the side leads to a flat roof with a barbecue, and their sedum lawn. "We love to party — it's part of our culture," 

They plan to raise their family on their river home. "After all, we have called our home Vida — that means life in our language."

 

kind words from our clients

“I wanted to take this opportunity to say a BIG THANK YOU, to you and your team for all of the hard work (and long hours) you have  been spending on these THREE projects!!! If only all builders and designers were as driven and hard working as you!!”

“Stunning. Wow. Lovin It!!!!”

“beautifully built and exceptionally well furnished, simply stunning”

“You have delivered what I thought was impossible”

“It was SUCH a joy walking in today. I wanted to write to say thank you. We always knew we were getting something which would be fantastic, but the interior design is wonderful”