Our previous study was built by one of the firms that advertises in the Sunday supplements and we thought it was great until we experienced working with Ian and his team. We discovered here someone who listened to our needs to come up with the best possible design rather than a salesperson trying to fit as many cupboards as possible into the design for their own benefit.
We had specific cupboards designed to accommodate our needs rather than getting off the shelf ones that we had to make do with. We dealt with Ian personally from design all the way to fitting rather than being, as had happened previously, handed over to people who had been badly briefed and found it all too easy to blame their sales colleagues rather than take ownership of any issues that arose. To complicate matters we did not make Ian's life easy. The study is in a new-build which was delayed on numerous occasions but Ian showed great patience and flexibility throughout. Nothing was ever too much trouble.
This has been one of the most enjoyable and ultimately rewarding experiences we have had with our suppliers for this property. We cannot recommend constructive ideas highly enough. As I type this, sitting at my desk, I cannot help but smile at how stunning and elegantly functional our study is.
Mr & Mrs Gobillot
I went across to the barns this morning and had a look at the study, it is BRILLIANT, I am so looking forward to moving in and having a nice work space again. The problem is it is so lovely that I will have to ask you to do one for my barn, but that is a little while off as yet. Thank you also very much for leaving the handles for the bedroom wardrobes, that was very kind, I like them so much better than what was going to be put on. So many thanks to you and Ben, very professional service and we are very, very pleased.
Thanks for the finishing touches. The study looks great, exactly as I wanted it and it will even have windows on Tuesday!
You have been excellent throughout the entire process and I would absolutely use your services again should I ever build another study (unlikely) and highly recommend you should a friend need one (possible).
Many thanks again and when it is all finally finished I will ping some photos.
We have now settled into our new study and wanted to let you know how delighted we are with everything. From the design to the execution it is all excellent and not only functional but very attractive and stylish. The quality of the workmanship and your attention to detail are outstanding.
Many thanks again and best wishes for the future.
Roger and Susan
I contacted Ian to seek advice and ideas for a problematic room that I wanted to turn into a library/study. After meeting with him and reviewing designs that were creative and yet in keeping with the feel of the rest of the house, I knew that I had found a true craftsman. Every minor detail is carefully thought out right down to the way electricity sockets are accessed and cabling hidden. The result is a pain-free build with no mess, and no unforeseen crises.
I was particularly impressed that, having mentioned at our original meeting that my asthmatic daughter struggled with sawdust, Ian set up a gazebo outside and did all of the necessary cutting away from the house. It was a considerate gesture and entirely in keeping with the way that Ian and his team approached the entire commission.
Ian's work is of an exceptionally high standard and the furniture that he makes is beautiful. He has turned a mundane space into the heart of the house and I would unreservedly recommend him to anyone.
Thank you, Ian, for your efforts.
At the beginning of 2017, we decided that we'd invest in a fitted study. The existing study was a mess with pieces of furniture acquired on a 'temporary' basis over 10 years - nothing matched and storage was non-existant resulting in things kept in bags and boxes.
We looked at a couple of the national suppliers and realised quickly that we may get the study that they were able to supply, rather than the one we wanted.
A short search on the internet brought Ian at Constructive Ideas to our attention. He was the only person we contacted, and we are very glad we did. Ian made an appointment to see us and brought some samples. He asked us what we were looking for, providing advice and guidance. We decided on a walnut and painted study to complement our doors and the kitchen which runs off the study. Ian measured up and produced the design and quote which he shared with us on his second visit a week later. We didn't hesitate and confirmed our order. Ian gave us a fixed fitting date and the study was fitted in two days!
We didn't realise at the time the impact the study would have on us. It is a pleasure to go into the room and see such a quality produce and craftsmanship. With Ian's advice, everything is in the right place, there is ample storage (with a combination of open and closed), and the downlights work really well in the evening. One of the things I love the most is that all the cabling is hidden, and there's a wonderful panel underneath the desk that opens up to give access to power sockets. We can both work in the study at the same time, and I have been looking for opportunities to work from home more!
At the risk of repeating a lot of what has been said before, Ian and his team are excellent in their product and service. We recommend them without hesitation.
Mr & Mrs Reed (Essex)
When searching for a provider
for a bespoke study I looked at a number of providers
covering a range of prices and quality of the end product.
Several of these were high profile advertisers in the
quality weekend newspapers.
Whilst I was impressed by several providers it was Ian Nicol of Constructive Ideas who impressed most. I had a reasonable idea of what I wanted but with Ian's input and experience he helped me to what has proved to be an elegant, but practical solution.
The process was simple enough; Ian visited, discussed thoughts and ideas (gently steering me away from anything I might later regret), and measured up. Within a few days he had produced a superb set of computer generated sketches that perfectly reflected the solution we had discussed.
We then had a discussion around price and delivery, both of which suited me perfectly.
Came the time for delivery Ian was on-site when he said he would be with a delivery crew who were courteous and careful. Over the course of the weekend Ian and his team turned the shell of my study from the computer generated sketch into reality. No mess, no fuss, but a high quality end product that I had been looking for.
I cannot speak highly enough of Ian and his team and recommend them without hesitation to anyone looking for a 5 star study.
Mr Stuart Allan
I didn’t realise I
needed a fitted study until I saw the Constructive Ideas
display at a showroom in Suffolk. Within a few days, Ian
Nicol, had travelled to Lowestoft to discuss my needs and
to interpret them onto drawings and plans.
Whilst finalising my needs I
contacted a couple of other, national, fitted study
suppliers. Only one was interested enough to make a visit.
I received a design which represented what the company
could manufacture rather than what I wanted. The design was
poor and the price was high.
I sat down with Ian with some
trepidation knowing that I was going to get a quality
study, designed to suit my needs but fearing the price
would be excessive based on the previous one I had
obtained. I needn’t have worried. The price was lower
than the national company for a much more comprehensive
Ian tweaked the design to
accommodate my ever changing demands. He introduced
creative solutions such as a window seat, a concealed
printer cabinet, cable ports, an extendable power and usb
dock and pelmet lighting.
The constituent parts arrived on
the agreed date and Ian and his colleague, Mark, supervised
the unloading and then set about the installation. The
estimated 3 days to fit was accomplished in 2 days due
entirely to their hard work.
The plans and discussions had built
my expectations up to a high level. The finished study
exceeded those expectations. I am absolutely delighted.
From the care and thought given to designing a study to
meet my needs, through the quality of the product to the
craftsmanship and attention to detail during installation,
I can only give praise. My fitted study is exactly that. It
fits around 3 walls and a window without a gap anywhere.
The common theme throughout the
whole process is Ian Nicol who is a pleasure to work with.
If you want a fitted study, by all means look at the
national suppliers. Only then will you realise how good
Constructive Ideas are.
Mr Jermyn of Pakefield
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN
I have had various pieces of work
done for me by Ian Nichol. His work and craftsmanship is of
the highest standard and he listens to ideas and directs
his clients towards the finished pieces.
Ian has made me built in cupboards
for a dressing room and for a television room. He has
suggested how they should look and I have not been
disappointed. The dressing room cupboards are oak and
sycamore and those in the television room are in a stylish
dark wood and there incorporate two small fridges for cold
drinks. Ian has also made a beautiful dressing table cum
chest of drawers and two bedside tables for a guest
I suppose the ‘piece de
resistance’ for me is the dining table and sideboard
which grace my kitchen. The table is expandable and has a
lovely dark inlay which sets off the light wood. The
sideboard has a glass top (immensely practical) and is a
clean and modern design.
I thoroughly recommend Ian as a
cabinet maker not only for the standard of his work but
also because it is always ready on the date he fixes!
Good luck for the future Ian.
We would like to thank you for the
excellent work that you carried out here at our school. Our
school office was a make shift affair that was dilapidated
a mess and falling apart! The room houses two people and is
long and thin with very little space. We wanted a solution
that would last and be functional now and into the
Myself and my colleague were asked
to decide exactly what we wanted. When Ian arrived he was
great, he listened carefully to our requirements and made
helpful suggestions whilst challenging us to think about
how we would house our existing equipment and at the same
time coming up with helpful comments or
We and Ian had a blank canvas and between us he went about quietly and efficiently designing exactly what we asked for. He listened and we got what we wanted!
There is nothing worse than when
you have a vision and the person who is undertaking the
work bursts your bubble because they have their own agenda
and can only visualise one particular type of concept.
We chose the colours of the walls
and the flooring ( which was completed before Ian arrived)
Ian arrived complete with a work mate, many of the fitted
cupboards and cabinets he had built off site in his work
shop – They required space in order to undertake the
precise carpentry that was required to build our office but
they were quiet, hard working and very efficient. They
delivered the job exactly to specifications and on
In fact my colleague who was not
present during the build was completely amazed that the
office looked exactly all that she had hoped for.
We now have two completely separate
working areas with a huge amount of storage and work
surface area to work on. The office looks neat and tidy and
the work areas are comfortable and easy to work in. The
office space looks larger as Ian has made very good use of
available space. Quite frankly we are over the moon!
We had some snagging to be
undertaken a couple of small items that we wanted done
differently e.g. doors put onto originally open planned
cupboards – but again Ian was very receptive and completed
the work efficiently.
Thank you Ian, I have and will continue to have no hesitation in recommending you.
Dear Mr Nichol
From your first visit I was
impressed. Your product looked great and the service
you were offering was just what I was looking for but what
I did not except was for you to exceed my expectations –
however you have.
You spent a lot of time observing
and talking through what I expected from an office in my
home. In no time you were in contact again to arrange
a further visit this time with design plans, samples and a
quotation. We discussed the plans in great detail and
after some further helpful suggestions I was pleased to
accept your quotation. I was even more pleased to then
be told you would also be fitting the office.
You gave me a date for commencement
of work which, you assured me, is always adhered
to. And you did. As promised work started on 28th June
and from then until the job was finished on 5th July, your
commitment and enthusiasm was remarkable. Your
craftsmanship is superb and attention to detail really told
me you cared about the job in hand.
The final outcome did indeed
exceeded my expectations and my husband and I are
absolutely delighted. The plans were accurate and the
“start to finish” service you provided has been
outstanding. We are most appreciative of all your hard
work to produce an impressive, well designed, superb
I heartily congratulate and thank you.
Just a line to say a big thank you
for the most satisfactory way in which you have transformed
my study. Now, instead of odd pieces of old office
furniture with wires everywhere I have a beautiful fully
fitted oak study, the envy of many of our friends, with not
a wire to be seen.
I would congratulate you in the way
you conducted yourself throughout, from the initial
negotiations right through to the completion of the
installation. It was a pleasure to deal with you as
compared with the “pushy” salesman tactics
employed by some of your competitors.
I particularly liked the plans you
produced and found the artists impressions you provided
very useful to give a better picture of what the end result
would look like. This certainly helped us to make informed
decisions on design.
Regarding installation your attitude was to please with nothing being too much trouble, willing to make repeated visits to our home to accommodate our specific requirements, was very well received.
Wishing you well for the future until we require your services again.
We are writing to thank you for your excellent work in designing and fitting new study furniture for us earlier this year.
As we said when you were here, we were impressed with your designs, in particular the way you based them on our thoughts, but incorporated your own ideas to achieve our aim of maximising storage space, whilst also providing a pleasant and practical working environment for us both.
The drawings you provided with the
designs were very helpful indeed in enabling us to
visualise how the furniture would look when built. We also
appreciated your flexibility in including at our request an
element that you had not previously designed before ( a
tier of slim drawers to hold different types of paper) and
the manner in which this was incorporated into the the
scheme to blend perfectly with the other elements.
The fitting process was completed
quickly and unobtrusively, and the fact that you were
involved in this yourself was also very important to us, as
it meant that we could discuss things with you as the study
was taking shape, and that we were also assured of
achieving the quality product as designed.
We are very happy indeed with the
finished study and would be happy to recommend you to
others without reservation. We will certainly invite you
back when we are ready to tackle our next room!