"I wholeheartedly recommend Ian Russell Designs for their timely work, accessibility, courtesy and expert craftsmanship.
We are so excited about the work Ian and his crew did on our home! It was a work of real technical expertise combined with the sensitivity we had hope to find in a contractor. I recently became the owner of the big, old home where I grew up. We were basically trying to restore the whole place to its “former glory”. And details mattered.
Ian immediately assessed that the wiring for interior lighting was going to have to be completely replaced as the home was built in 1896. Some upgrades had been done, but Ian felt that even those were now a safety hazard. I had told him this was going to be a stretch for us financially, but that we were going to try to make it happen. He gave us an estimate for the rewiring of 11 rooms and the option to add 5 fixtures of exterior uplighting.
We were able to get together the finances and the work began. One of the things I liked about Ian and his crew was that they seemed to actually appreciate different features of the house and recognize the original artistry of the early builders. When they completed the interior work, they left the house completely clean and free of debris. (You might expect that, but it doesn’t always happen nowadays.)
The garden had never had lighting and now has 5 uplights for the oaks and the flowering trees. In addition, he added little submersible lights among the rocks along the stream that runs down the hillside between the upper and lower patios. And he didn’t charge for that feature. My dad would have been delighted.
The final product is a safely lit interior with warm light illuminating the old beams, the inglenook, paneled dining room, and bedrooms, with bright light for the bathrooms and kitchen. And a spectacular garden area. We’re still solvent, and very proud of the home. The Ian Russell Design craftsmen did a beautiful job and the key to their success is that they listen to you.