Laura and Dan, Southgate, London     Feb   2017

“James offered us a very professional level of service and an excellent level of craftsmanship. We worked closely with him on the design of our office. He made us a bespoke desk to fit the space and made some excellent suggestions on how best to make use the space for storage.

I cannot recommend Jamie enough. He is an absolute perfectionist and we are very happy with his work.”


Helen and Tony, Stoke Newington, London     Sep 2016

“James redesigned and fitted our new kitchen, downstairs hallway and toilet and we are delighted with the result. We now have extra storage, a desk area, an under the stairs cupboard and a much better use of the space – not to mention a very smart kitchen that we love being in!

James was always polite and very patient, giving us ideas and allowing us time to decide and to change our mind a few times! His work is of the highest standard and we would not hesitate to recommend him. Thanks James.”


Gail Ramsay, Hackney, London           May 2015

“James built me a studio that i love. The craftsmanship and quality were amazing. The basic design was his but he was happy to adapt to my needs and use my ideas where they were appropriate.

When we had a problem with the studio overlooking the neighbours back garden he found a solution that satisfied both of us .
James understood the legal requirements and was able to give me everything i wanted within those restraints. He and his nephew Harry were a joy to work with. Not just polite and tidy but good company.

I found them to be completely trustworthy in all their dealings and would have no hesitation with trusting them with the keys to my house whether or not  i was there”.


Alexandra Doucy, Chingford, North London     Aug 2014

“James helped us create a truly magnificent kitchen/diner with a custom built utility cupboard under the stairs, new hardwood floors and new banisters. His work is of the highest standard, he is reliable and trustworthy and we would recommend him without reservation.”


Craig and Anita, Finchley, North London    Jul 2014

“We are delighted with the fitted wardrobe which Jamie has built for us; it looks tremendous, it has space for all our former clutter and it didn’t cost an arm and a leg.

 Moreover Jamie was a pleasure to deal with. He’s a man who does what he says he’s going to do when he says he’s going to do it – and that is a rare and precious quality these days. We recommend him highly.”


Sophia and Byron Spiers, Friern Barnet, North London    Jun 2014

“James and his team worked extremely hard on my cabinets and built in shelving unit. James really understood what I was looking for, and was also very sympathetic to the period of the property.

The craftsmanship is of an extremely high standard and looks simply beautiful, with great attention to detail. It’s a real piece of beauty!

Thank you James and team. You have totally transformed my through lounge, it’s just simply stunning.”


Sally and Andrew, Highbury, North London    Jan 2014

“James, thank you for all the hard work and thought you have put into our bathroom – it looks fantastic”. 


Tim and Barbara, Friern Barnet, North London    Dec 2013

“James recently completed a complete re-modelling of our bathroom. We are completely delighted with the result. Throughout the process James has been great to work with – offering practical advice and design tips.

The project was completed on time and and on budget. The quality of the finish and attention to detail is second to none.

We would whole-heartedly recommend James. He is a warm and friendly person, very professional, a skilled craftsman and he and his assistant Harry were a pleasure to have around – always polite, tidy and amenable”.


Steven and Catharine Painter, Islington, North London    Apr 2013

“We have known Jamie since 2002 when he was the builder as part of a refurbishment of our lounge, which was a large project as it is a double lounge in a victorian home. 

We were so pleased with the work that he has come back and finished the interior of our loft, putting in wooden floors, building the ensuite and creating a wonderfully calm and luxurious space.

He has built a substantial bike shed in keeping with the decor of our home, built a dividing wall to create a playroom and much more.

He tidies up well, responds promptly when we call and we have valued his attention to detail.”


Christine Lo and Matthew Dyke, Hackney, East London    Feb 2013

Jamie transformed our house from top to bottom: he renovated the loft, laid flooring throughout, designed and fitted the kitchen and bathroom and built bookcases, wardrobes and cupboards. He also refurbished various elements in the house, such as the staircase, and organised new windows and the decorating.

We couldn’t be happier with the quality of his work and, more than two years later, are still thrilled every time we come back to the beautiful home he created for us. Jamie takes pride in his work and it shows. He applies his high standards and attention to detail not only to what he does with his own hands but to the work that he supervises or sub-contracts out.

Just as importantly, Jamie is a pleasure to deal with: friendly, professional and completely trustworthy. There’s no question in our minds about who to turn to for any other work we might need in this house or any future home: it’s got to be Jamie.


Brigid Macleod, Hackney, East London   Dec 2012

“Over the last 14 years, Jamie has built me two bathrooms and a kitchen from scratch, has renovated my current kitchen, and built several beautiful custom-made shelving/cupboard units – in a top-floor duplex in Highbury, and now my current home in Hackney.

I cannot recommend him highly enough:  his work is excellent, he is honest, pragmatic, has a great sense of style, but is happy to work within a budget.  He makes sensible, affordable suggestions as a plan emerges for a space, and is extremely efficient with materials and his time.  He runs the whole job brilliantly, and any sub-contracted work is supervised closely by him, and kept within budget and on schedule.

The team he employs to do other work (painting, plastering, carpet-laying etc) are equally trustworthy, and I have now adopted several of his recommendations for specialist work (boiler installation and repair, electrics, and most recently, landscape gardening).

Jamie has keys to my home, and is on-hand to come at short notice if I have any problems.  For the last dozen years, I haven’t even bothered getting quotes from other tradesmen:  I would never use anyone else willingly in future”.


Judy Harwood and Martin Hornbuckle, Highbury, North London   Aug 2012

“James Symons has worked for us on several projects in our house during the past 5 years, and we have always found him to be completely honest, reliable and trustworthy. His workmanship is of the highest qualilty and we are delighted with the results.

We are particularly pleased with the beech veneered vanity unit he made for our new bathroom 4 years ago. It is beautifully and skillfully made and has served its purpose well and looks as smart now as it did when first installed. James is currently fitting our new kitchen, which he is doing with his accustomed skill and attention to detail.

James is a pleasure to work with, has great ideas which he carries out with care and skill, and is always prepared to return to fix any problems which might arise, even several years after the original installation. We would heartily recommend him for any woodmaking project.”