February 15, 2015
It is our pleasure to write a letter of recommendation for Deborah and Peter Locke of Inverness Design Build Group. Inverness was contracted to complete a design package to create the design and working drawings for the addition to our home. Inverness coordinated and successfully applied for the necessary approvals from the Conservation Authority and Town’s Committee of Adjustment for a zoning variance along with the building permit. Inverness was then contracted to complete the demolition of part of the existing ~1950’s house and construction of our ~1000 sq foot addition which encompassed a garage, laundry room, dining area, and second story bedroom and bathroom. The project took approximately one year to complete and it involved multiple trades, crews, vendors, etc.
We are extremely delighted with the final product as the addition was beautifully built and complemented our existing home. We highly recommend Inverness for your home project for the following reasons:
Design: Right from the beginning, Peter took the time to get to know us and our home. He carefully listened to our ideas on what we wanted our addition to look like and incorporated them as part of his design. Peter gave us plenty of time to consider his ideas and drawings. Once the design phase was completed, Peter continued to refine the design by incorporating finishing details to ensure that we achieved the final look that we wanted.
Communication: Throughout the entire project, both Deborah and Peter provided us with regular updates as to the progress of the design and construction. They were very responsive to our questions and/or concerns. They kept us abreast of changes in plans and asked for our input and feedback. At all times, they were professional and courteous in their communication and interactions with us and the trades. Their enthusiasm for the project was contagious! They treated the project as if it was their own home – looking out for our best interests and wanting to ensure that we were at ease with the choices and decisions made.
Flexibility: While no renovation goes 100% smoothly or without any surprises, Deborah and Peter always made us feel at ease and continually looked for solutions when unforeseen problems surfaced. Peter utilized resources effectively and creatively, and directed the trades to make changes necessary for implementing the solution. Deborah and Peter accommodated and incorporated changes to the project plans with ease and ensured that there was no impact on the overall project.
Value: Our contract with Inverness was very detailed as it listed each step of the design and construction phase but it was simple and straight-forward and incorporated considerable flexibility with the use of allowances for certain items. Both Deborah and Peter respected our budget and worked
within it. Inverness expects high quality workmanship and if work wasn’t done properly the first time, they made sure that it was corrected to their expectations, without any additional charge. They did an excellent job for a fair price that was extremely competitive compared to other contractors we had contacted.
In conclusion, we are extremely pleased with the design, value, and quality of work of our home’s addition completed by Inverness Design Build Group. We would not hesitate to hire Inverness again or to recommend them to our friends and neighbours.
R. Klatt & D. Kingdon
February 15, 2015
“Peter Locke did a major renovation of our house in 1992 and we have been delighted with the results ever since. Unlike some renovators we contacted, Peter took the time to listen to what we wanted in our renovated home. He didn’t try to sell us on his vision of what he thoughts our home should be. Peter was friendly and professional and encouraged us to ask every conceivable question we could think of connected to our renovation. He gave us adequate time to consider his ideas and drawings and we never felt pressured into agreeeing to anything we didn’t want. He did an excellent job for a fair price that was extremely competitive compared to other renovators we contacted. While no renovation goes 100% smoothly or without any surprises, Peter and his team always made us feel at ease. If work wasn’t done properly the first time, Peter saw to it that it was corrected, without any additional charge. I recommend him highly.”
By: Lorrie Goldstein,Toronto Sun, Toronto, Ontario.
“It is with great pleasure that I write this letter of recommendation on behalf of Peter Locke whom I have known for 5 years. During that time, he has engaged our architecural firm on several projects including multifamily, single family and resort.In each of these projects, Peter was involved with me and the staff of The Scott Partnership Architecture and Scott Architecture Interior Design(SAID), who were responsible for the projects. We were all pleased that he was able to provide specific design crieteria and direction. Each member of our staff has been impressed with Peter’s knowledge and ability to work closely with a number of registered architects and interior designers with a detailed understanding of the architectural requirements which were necessary to capture his visions.In the 5 years that I have known Peter we have become friends and I value his opinions, advice and friendship.”
By: Michele Bairley, Partner, Scott Architecture Interior Design, Orlando, Florida
“We hired Peter Locke to do a large renovation of our home and were very satisfied with his work throughout the process. Peter met all deadlines and worked with minimal disruptions to complete the work on time. The superior materials used and the skill of the workers was very impressive. I therefore highly recommend Peter as a building contractor.”