Having purchased a completely derelict, 17th century farmhouse, we needed a designer to come up with a sympathetic renovation and an open-plan kitchen extension. We approached several companies, but with his experience of older buildings, his enthusiasm for the project and his glowing recommendations, Howard Mudd and Partnership Design were the clear choice.
We had some specific requirements for how we wanted to use individual rooms and being an old house, there were several awkward spaces to work with. However, Howard took those challenges and found imaginative and practical solutions to make the spaces work for us in ways that we would never have thought of ourselves. Furthermore, he helped us see that a more modern, contrasting extension would suit the house better than one that ‘blends in’.
Throughout the project, we found Howard to be very reliable; he always completed every stage when he said he would, was always prompt in responding to our queries and his knowledge and experience meant there was never any doubt about the advice he offered.
Overall, we have been incredibly impressed with Howard and we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him. Sarah & Oli
We have used Partnership Design for both our garage conversion and a house extension. Howard is always very helpful and nothing is too much bother – even when we’ve been undecided and changed our minds a number of times. He’s patient, calm and professional; and is very supportive and helpful with the planning process, applications and amendments. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend. Mr & Mrs P
Taking on a 17th century Cotswold cottage in need of significant modernisation was daunting, but thanks to Howard’s help it’s fast becoming a reality. Really grateful to Howard for helping steer us through the entire process, from onset to construction – I don’t think we’d have achieved what we have without him.
The service we’ve received from Howard at Partnership Designs has been excellent throughout, offering an attractive bespoke design on a tricky building / plot. Howard is calm and professional – he takes times to listen and understand your needs, whilst using his expertise to help us negotiate with the local planning team (which wasn’t plain sailing- believe me!) By offering several suggestions for many elements of the design, we feel we’ve achieved something that will really work for our family. Highly recommend – hope to use again in future. Polly VDD
Partnership Design and Howard Mudd were a very luck find for me. The owner of a lovely Cotswold Cottage, I had been considering ways of making it even more attractive to live in as the downstairs layout in particular, in common with many such older properties, had its limitations and was too open plan for my taste, with a rather obtrusive central staircase. Never having had an extension built on any property I owned before, I needed someone with a good imagination to see how I could develop the cottage and its lovely garden to maximum advantage. Howard proved to be just the man for the job, seeing the potential of extending the kitchen into a spacious garden/ dining room that took advantage of a lovely view outside, and re-configuring the sitting room downstairs so I could incorporate another cloakroom, and shift the stairs. He had an imaginative solution then on how to preserve the three bedrooms upstairs. I would never have thought of, or come up with these excellent solutions on my own.
At each stage in the process, Howard was careful to explain the options, helped me understand practical considerations, recommend opportunities and kept me from falling into various pitfalls I would not have seen on my own. His experience and ideas really told, and he was always prepared to follow up questions through email, or just popping round for another chat when they arose. I was deeply impressed with the care and detail he had gone into with the drawings, and was at every point sensible, sensitive, and thoroughly professional. I would recommend him without hesitation to anyone who wants home development advice and ideas and to realise them. My next-door neighbour was quick to follow suit and has got him to re-design her own cottage in a way that develops its potential too Dr. M. C
My Building company Brooks and Pointon has worked on several projects with Howard and we were very impressed with how he runs his company. As a builder we always had everything we needed and whenever a situation arose he was very quick to help, either with drawings or with a deep knowledge that we could always ask. DP
I’ve now used Partnership Design for modifications/extensions to my Cotswold stone cottage 3 times in the past 10 years. Howard listened to what we wanted and needed, and created some stunning designs, which were sympathetic but complementary to our wishes. Actually, they gave us more than we thought possible. The sense of light he provided us with in our kitchen was and is simply stunning, while his solution to our most recent request was novel, individual and meticulously designed. Moreover, in dealing with all the Planning application issues, Howard de-stressed the whole procedure for us allowing us the time and space to live while that continued in the background. We were absolutely delighted with his attentive and professional service and cannot recommend him highly enough: a genuinely excellent service. Mike L
We have used Howard for designing a double storied extension and changing the layout of the existing house . He made the entire process – from sketches to applying for planning permission , drawing up building regs and recommending allied professions seem very seamless and easy. He is an excellent listener and calm and reasonable. He always delivered the work earlier than promised and charged us a very competitive price . We would happily recommend him to friends and family and would undoubtedly use him again . Bindu
We used Howard for the design of a substantial extension to our Cotswold stone cottage. He provided lots of ideas and provided a final design that we’re really happy with … the cottage now looks stunning … as well as detailing all the required drawings, Howard also dealt with planning application submissions and helped us overcome planning restrictions. Howard is really friendly, approachable and listens to what you want as well as sharing his own ideas … we highly recommend his services … Richard & Janine