Akiva Projects Limted

  • Complete Refurb of 2 bedroom 1st floor flat

  • Full refurbishment

  • bathroom refurbishment (7'10 x 5'4)

    Overall happy with the bathroom refurbishment. The communication with Alex was very good. He was professional and kept me informed throughout the process. And the bathroom looks really good.

    The costs were much higher than the initial quote they provided due to additional repairs/work which needed to be carried out and the project was also delayed as a result. So you may expect changes in the initial estimates provided depending on repairs that need to be done.

    The delays also resulted in some mistakes being done (the plumbing connections for instance), however Alex was quick in rectifying those issues and the project met my expectations at the end of the day.

    Thanks a lot for the good work Alex!

  • Bathroom Refurbishment

  • 1.8mx2.2m bathroom suite & tiling

    I would not hesitate in recommending St. James Design. I hired them to convert my bathroom into a wetroom and have now hired them to refit my kitchen.
    Their client servicing was exceptional - from returning calls and answering e-mail queries quickly, to their innovative start-to-finish process - money really cannot buy the kind of service these guys deliver. They discussed my requirements over the phone (very helpful if you are at work) and gave a link to a shared site where they built out a plan, shared ideas and provided a quote that showed a breakdown of all of the labour and parts costs line-for-line. They also give you an on-line schedule of works so you can see each day what will be done and when, and this is updated live when each section is completed.
    A few things changed as the project progressed and nothing was too much trouble and it was all completed on schedule. I was also very impressed with how clean and tidy things were left each day. They were really helpful on the design front as I am completely clueless about things like layout, colours, tiles, types of taps, etc..
    Pricewise, I did pay a little bit more than the local one-man-band and around the same as my quote from Bathstore and B&Q, but I genuinely don't believe you would get the same bespoke service and attention to detail from a big chain company.
    I am absolutely delighted with the final result and the standard of work is fantastic.

  • Full Bathroom Refurb with Wet Room Shower Component

    James and the team were very professional, confidently dealing with all aspects of the project throughout. They worked really well remotely, with phone calls, emails, line by line detailed quotes and visualisations based on their ideas but also incorporating all my thoughts; all of this was perfect for someone with a full-time job. It was great to have everything arranged with all materials and even accessories purchased by and delivered to them. For the vast majority of the time they looked after my property really well, protecting everything and tidying up throughout. Unfortunately we had a series of issues with the tiler they used, the property was left a mess, toilet not reconnected overnight and the floor tiling had to all be redone a couple of times all of which added delays; however they apologised, covered the costs and all other tradesmen on the project were much better. Tiling issues aside, the quality of the work and materials used was great, they had good attention to detail and happily made touch ups and amendments along the way. Cost wise, you do pay quite a bit for the team and service they provide, there is also quite a bit of upfront payment throughout, a few materials did seem more expensive than I was able to find them myself; however they were very transparent throughout so there were no surprises and on balance it was worth it. Overall I’m delighted with the end result, the experience was good and I’d happily recommend them and hire them again.

  • Fit ikea kitchen

    James and his team are a professional outfit with high standards that were reflected in the work they did for us. We had a dedicated project manager assigned to our job who I was in constant contact with. Problems were dealt with quickly and effectively. Thanks for all the hard work!

  • Kitchen removal and then fitting a few weeks later

  • Finishing off a kitchen install

    Hired to complete work on my kitchen (following a previous company had left it incomplete). This involved installing a new worktop, plumbing and tiling.
    The work was carried out to a very high standard, and stuck to agreed cost.
    James is a nice guy who was very easy to communicate with by phone/email/text for the duration of the work. He was always accessible and reliable, and kept checking in to see that progress was as expected and to our satisfaction.
    I have already got them on board to do some further work on the apartment. I would highly recommend James and his skilled team.

  • Bathroom floor tiling

    Hired to tile 2 bathroom floors over a 1 week period. James was professional, punctual and personable throughout, the work was completed with minimal fuss and to a very high standard. He highlighted any issues that might arise prior to commencing and regularly involved me with updates and recommendations. Recommend, and would hire in future

  • Installing mixer shower

    Very satisfied. The plumber arrived on time, install the new tap and shower quickly and nicely.
    Everyone in the company has been very helpful.
    I'm hiring them for further work at the house.

  • Kitchen gutting & re-tiling floor

    James did a fantastic job gutting, re-wiring, re-flooring, and re-piping my kitchen prior to new units being installed, and assisted us with the finishing touches thereafter. I have already recommended him to several other friends and family, who have already been in touch with him for additional works.

  • Bathroom Tiling - wall and flooring

    I hired St James Design to completely renovate my bathroom. James was great to work with, I was kept informed of how everything was going, any difficulties or changes that needed to be made to the project. He made it as easy as possible for me and was very reliable! He came up with suggestions and changes that could be made to improve on what was being done also... The work was done to a really high standard and I couldn't be happier with how it turned out... would 100% recommend him and his team for any project and I will definitely work with the company again in the future.

  • Kitchen tiling approx 4 sq metres

    I hired St James Design to tile my kitchen and put up a couple of heavy duty shelves.

    James responded promptly and turned up on time. He made short work of the tiles and did an excellent job for a decent price.

    I would definitely hire them again. I'm also getting them in to install a couple of pendant lights in the next few weeks!

  • Kitchen fitting/ decorating

    James and his team fitted our kitchen (including plumbing and electrics), tiled the floor and walls, filled in an old doorway and decorated the kitchen area. We were very impressed with the standard of work throughout. James was very responsive and prompt from the outset. The specialist tradesmen he works with all seemed to be of a really high standard and we are so pleased with the finished kitchen. They dealt really well with the fact that none of the walls/floor in our victorian house are square and suggested solutions to the problems encountered as a result of this to ensure that the finished kitchen looked great. We have dealt with a number of different tradesmen over the years spent renovating our property and I would have to say that James has been the easiest to deal with, communicating clearly what would happen when and responding to all our requests. We would be happy to use StJames Design again and would highly recommend James and his team.

  • bathroom fitting

  • Leak from washing machine

    Extremely quick service and did a good job. Would use again, thanks.

  • Kitchen Wall Tiler

    I am definitely happy with the job St James did to my kitchen.
    They have organized a quick visit prior the work to commence and they've given helpful design advice.
    I required a plasterer, as well, and they have made sure to send the best person for the job. Came in the morning, covered everything, did a very nice thin plastering to really awkward walls and left the house cleaned and tide.

    After the kitchen was fitted, James came in as scheduled and started tiling the walls. All tiles were professionally cut to exact measurements and worktop gaps were covered neatly. Grout and decorators caulk were perfectly applied and the whole kitchen looks great.
    He also helped with other bits and pieces around house for which I am truthfully grateful.

    By using the best tools and materials, combined with great patience and attention to details, StJames Design Interiors made a great job and are definitely competitive.

    I would absolutely recommend them!

  • kitchen tiling

    I would happily recommend James - he came to see the job and gave helpful advice, and then he came when he was expected and did an excellent job. He was friendly and pleasant, and he cleaned up when he had finished. Would have no hesitation in using again.

  • KItchen tiling approx 40x380cm

    I hired James to tile my kitchen and I am very happy with the work he did. We discussed exactly what I wanted beforehand and he was then able to do the job quickly. Good attention to detail. James is professional, efficient and reasonably priced, I would definitely recommend.

  • i need a plumber

    Honest and friendly plumber, very happy with the service and would recommend to others. Peace of mind for a low price.

  • Blocked bathroom sink - can't move plug in hole

    Did an excellent job of fixing my bathroom sink and shower doors. Very professional and efficient, came on time and was happy to help with a few extra jobs around the house. Would definitely hire him again for future jobs. Fair pricing and came first thing the morning after we spoke. Courteous and friendly..

  • valve needs replacing

    Straightforward, no problems. Would recommend.

  • Putting up curtains and mirrors

    Very happy with the job. James and his colleague were punctual and did the jobs well with a minimum of fuss. They were polite and tidied up afterwards leaving no mess. Would certainly recommend for jobs of this type.

  • Urgent small tiling job

    St James Design came in and got the job done. It was a small job but was done really well and without any hassle at all. The tiling was finished well and they even cleaned and tidied up more than the mess they'd made. i'd definitely recommend them.

  • repair valve in water pipe leading to waching machine

    They came around right the day after I posted the job, were on time, did the job well and stayed a couple of quid under the quote!

  • Leak from under the bath

    Great job and sorted at a convenient time. Many thanks!

  • Tile Kitchen Splashback 2mtrs by 0.5mtrs/ reseal bath

    James & his colleague did a great job tiling my kitchen & fixing my lavatory. Both guys were really professional & nice to have around the house. They completed the job quickly, neatly & at a reasonable price. Would definitely recommend.

  • New bathroom suite and tiles

    James was incredibly efficient and helpful throughout, absolutely sterling job.

  • Bath enclosure to be re-tiled

    Very happy with James' work. The tiling project was well organised and ran very smoothly. James picked up the tiles, and left everything very tidy in between days. Finishing is of an excellent quality.
    He also removed a broken old towel rail, once I've painted the room I'll give him a a call to install a new one.
    Can confidently recommend James to others.

  • Bathroom leak under tap basin

    I would highly reccomend this builder, really helpful and efficient.

  • New tap in bathroom sink and unblocking of kitchen sink

    Responded within hours of me posting the job and came out even though it was a Sunday. Fixed my tap and unblocked the sink - couldn't recommend highly enough for helpfulness and price.

  • Replace valve on cold pipe that feeds washing machine

    Came within a few hours of me posting the job. Quick and cheap service.

  • bath taps

    the plumber arrived spot on time I needed a bath thermostatic mixer shower tap fitted he done the job in no time at all he was very pleasent he cleaned after him I paid the agreed price I would certainly use St James Design again if the need arises a very good job done

  • Replacement or fixing of dripping tap

    Work completed as agreed, at agreed price.

  • Wall tiling for kitchen area

    Our tiler Rod did a great job, installing our kitchen wall tiles to a good standard quickly and efficiently. He was friendly and helpful, and even gave my son some useful DIY advice about grouting the floor tiles. James's company is easy to deal with and we considered the price charged for the work to be very reasonable.

  • Shower Installation

    The agreed price was so much cheaper than the rest of the quotes I was given. He did exactly what he promised, and everything were done in perfection! Moreover, he was willing to fit into my busy schedule so that I didn't have to take holiday just to be in the house whilst he did the shower installation for me! I would highly recommend James to everyone!!!

  • overflow constantly dripping

    very quick efficient service thank you!

  • Plumbing in replacement integrated washing machine

    James - arrived in good time completed the job and then cleaned up after himself. He also patiently answered any questions I had. I am happy with the job and would happily contact him and his firm for other house projects. Many thanks.

  • Replace old kitchen sink with new kitchen sink

    I would definitely recommed James. He was very accommodating in carrying out my repair as I had recently moved home. He did the job well and I've had no problem with my sink change. I would use his services again if I require any further plumbing work.

  • minior blumbing in the bathroom

    James completed the job within the timescale that had been agreed. He was very good at keeping in touch and letting me know exactly what stage the process was at. I would definitely recommend him.

  • Bathroom fitting

    James and his team completed the job to a high standard and within the timescale that had been agreed. He was very good at keeping in touch and letting me know exactly what stage the process was at. I would definitely recommend him.

  • Bath Tap Mixer System Installed

    Can't recommend James enough. If you need a plumber, don't bother calling anyone else! He is friendly, efficient, reliable, competent and offered the most competitive deal by far. Beautiful clean work. Great communication and 100% trustworthy. Would hire again in an instant.

  • Supply and change Sockets and Switches

    James' quote was very competitive and once we agreed a price he came round exactly when he said he would.

    We did encounter a problem which took a number of weeks to full rectify, however James was always contactable and stayed in touch. At no point did I feel we would not resolve the problem.


  • Leaking bath

    James was easy to communicate with and offered feedback quickly after completing the job.
    He fixed a couple of small additional things aswell at no extra charge. Recommended.

  • no cold water

    A job done quickly and well, at a very good price. Helpful and polite. Thank you!

  • Fixing toilet that won't flush

    The flush, for which I had posted the job, has been fixed.

    But it turned out there was a leak too and this hasn't been fixed yet.

  • fix leaks in flat

  • Leaking pipe

    James did a great job sorting out the plumbing under our sink. What I thought was one leak turned out to be two leaks, and James identified and fixed both of these quickly and to a high standard. He arrived early, was friendly and efficient, and provided a good service, even when the job turned out to be bigger than first expected - would highly recommend.

  • Plumber required ASAP

    Quick. Efficient. Polite. Highly recommended.

  • fit bath taps

    He did his best - but had to be fixed later by someone else

    Akiva Projects Limted's reply:

    Hello, Thank you for taking my call today in regards to the feedback you left. I feel that this comment is a little unfair now that I remember it. At the time I arrived on this job the wall tiling was in an incredibly poor condition and had a large contribution to water going downstairs, and although I advised you to change them you refused. In turn I did actually replace the taps and reseal the bath. I recall I even come back a few days later and your husband was to call me if any further problems, he did not and its been so long I am going to ask mybuilder to investigate this feedback.

    I am sorry to do this but my reputation is important.



  • Kitchen and bathroom

    James is a really friendly, trustworthy guy. My job ended up being more complex that was first anticipated but James never gave up on it, even coming back to rectify a small problem. I would highly recommend him and have already done so to friends. He has completely transformed my bathroom and kitchen and we are very pleased with the results!

  • Looking for a bathroom fitter for immediate work

    James standard of workmanship and service is very high.
    He put together the finishing touches to a newly tiled bathroom. He arrived on time, listened to my requirements carefully and made suggestions on how to utilise the space most efficiently.
    He went the extra mile by buying screw cap covers I couldn’t find anywhere and left me with cleaning fluid free of charge. I’d definitely hire him again for any future work.

  • replacing old batth tap

    completed jot to the satisfaction, turned on time, no problem

  • Fitting a shower pump

    A job done quickly and well, at a very good price. Helpful and polite. Thank you!

  • Leak under kitchen sink

  • Toilet pipe leaking

    James was very good. Turned up on time, and when he found the piping he had brought with him wouldn't fit because it was such a tight space, he immediately went off to find a replacement, so although the job took longer it wasn't his fault and the leaking pipe is now fixed. He was very courteous and tidy. I would definately recommend him.

  • Fixing leaky cistern

    Really pleased with James. Turned up on time and although the problem was more complicated than I had originally thought he still got it done. Thanks.

  • Leaking Bath

    Really nice guy..Very efficient..Completed the job in no time...would deffo use James again for any future jobs he may be suitable for.

  • Fit kitchen taps to existing sink.

    Quick, efficient, jobs a goodun'


  • Installation of new bathroom suite in London E18

    We were willing to forgoe leaving a negative review for this job as we d were willing to put the difficulties during the bathroom install James did (of which there were many) behind. During the job most problems were either denied or blamed on the products we purchased and only put right when we noticed them and brought them to his attention.

    Unfortunately we have since realised that our toilet is plumbed to the hot water feed and the old toilet waste was left open which has meant rainwater has been coming straight into our walls causing considerable damage. These are two significant and obvious errors that we believe you must have known about but didnt disclose to us.

    We don't know what other issues are going to come to light in the future, but both my wife and I are thoroughly disappointed and are forced to submit a negative review to caution others

    Akiva Projects Limted's reply:


    If you were truthful in what happened you would have said that the bathroom took a lot longer than expected to finish but in the end it was the look I desired and He finished the job He was paid to do. James was persistent in coming back to amend things that needed to be and since then we have found an error that his plumber made in connecting the hot water pipe to the toilet and this plumber has since then not worked for StJamesDesign.

  • Tiling: kitchen floor and walls

    I do not recommend James Woodham. Save your time and save your money.

    We had James in to do tiling, plastering, painting and to lay our oak flooring. I don’t have enough space to tell you how badly it all went but if you would like photographic evidence, video footage or to see the emails between James and I (and all the excuses he offers, quite entertaining really), then please email me directly at victoria.cannon@hotmail.com.

    Not only did James do a mediocre job at best, he cost me a lot of money to fix his mistakes. I stupidly paid him in full before all the work was finished. I did ask for money back but got a firm no. The endless excuses and the lying were just exhausting. Please email me for more details which I’m only too happy to supply.

    Akiva Projects Limted's reply:

    My team I and worked for this evil couple for over 10 days, producing impeccable plastering work from my plasterer also on this site with no bad feedback. She said that it was the best plastering she has ever seen. My painter painted the whole first floor she liked it so much she wanted us to take on upstairs which I have proof of in emails. She was happy with the tiling that I done myself. It started to go wrong when I laid a wood floor that she chose from a site then was not happy with its natural condition. She contacted the company whom would not reimburse her because it was laid. She turned the blame to me and told me to stop the work and pay her back for the floor or re-lay the floor for free!

  • kitchen tiling

    James finished the job on time, and came back to fix a couple of things that i pointed out. I would hire him again if needed.

  • bathroom fitting

    Had a full modernisation of my bathroom.
    From hell Hole to wetroom.

    James is punctual, trustworthy and delivered a relatively high standard of workmanship.
    Kept to original budget and was happy to take on extra jobs along the way.

    Would Definately hire him again.

  • Bathroom leak under bath to fix / retiling

    James has done a great job with the bathroom and carried out all work that was requested to a good quality and in a timely manner. Was also good at keeping me up to date with things. Would happily recommend him.

  • Kitchen tiling

    James did a great job on the kitchen tiling. He arrived promptly, did the job we agreed for the price we agreed. Tidy, friendly and helpful, I'm already thinking thinking of the next jobs James can do!

  • Dishwasher installation

    Good service at a reasonable price.

  • urgent - toilet repairs and quote for shower

    James came to fit a replacement macerator in our bathroom and we retained him over the next few weeks to help with a huge variety of jobs. He moved electrical fittings, repainted the front door, replaced the kitchen floor, retiled the fireplace, fitted a shower and shower door and put shelves up in the kitchen. He is very reliable, offers good value for money and does what he says he will do. It was a relief to find someone who was happy to find time for all the small nagging jobs that need doing in a house from time to time.

  • Kitchen and Wetroom Tiling

    We can't recommend James Woodham from StJamesDesign for the work on our wetroom. After 3+ months, we have an unusable bathroom. Despite patience and trust in him; we are left with only 1 option: initiate legal proceedings against him to get reparation for his bad workmanship.

    First, his tiling standard is not best in class and doesn’t stack up with his claim of having "high end projects". There are several kicks on the 3 walls.

    Second, tiles have started cracking in 2 areas of the floor. Since we found out about it and flagged the issue to James, he has demonstrated how well he does care for his customer:
    a)He never came to notice the fault by himself
    b)Found excuses and blamed everything else
    c)Continued to deny wrong doing after 2 professionals (1 tradesman with extensive tiling qualifications and 1 BAL technician) confirmed he did not properly to the job.

    His stubbornness to refuse to take responsibility and fix it let us believe he doesn’t have the insurance he claims offering for peace of mind and offset his lack of qualification.

    Finally, he never completed the job as per scope. It took numerous emails to have him agreeing to refund the uncompleted part of the job. 4 wks since he promised to transfer the money, we have yet to see it. He now claims that he doesn’t have money to repay the money we gave him already.

    Don’t be blind by his professional way; you might end up being disappointed as we are by his lack of care for satisfied customers.

    Akiva Projects Limted's reply:

    I took on this project naively that was left by the previous tradesman with no explanation. The floor tiles were not suitable but they insisted on using them. I have completed this job to the highest standard thus reflected 100% satisfaction and was paid in full. Another company was called to fit a door and removed the first row of tiles damaging the two tiles in the second row in question.
    They have used threats relating to the previous tradesman to affect my company.
    I do not solely rely on this site and have been trading on yell.com for years, and never had anything like this.
    I have been working alongside leading companies, commercial, residential projects, using the highest quality and procedures with only positive feedback.

  • Positive Client Reference taken by MyBuilder

    James and his team were asked to paint a fashion studio, install new lighting and provide storage solutions with 2 days notice for a high profile designer. It was a difficult task and had to be completed within 48 hours and I am please to say StJamesDesign lived up to the task. James was very professional, took care of the ordering and delivering of all the materials and apparatus needed. He kept us informed of what needed to be moved prior to painting and took great care in protecting high value clothing and equipment. He delivered high quality on time and within budget. James's strengths are understanding precise instructions, being professional at all times, very presentable and polite. He will be a first point of call for any future work we have.

  • Positive Client Reference taken by MyBuilder

    I was very impressed with James and his teams work. He was punctual, very tidy and efficient in maintaining a clean and friendly atmosphere throughout the work. He was trustworthy and always a helping hand in finding solutions for my design ideas to get the best end result. He completed the bathroom and kitchen to a very high standard, and handed over a beautiful finished job on time and to budget. I would highly recommend him, and always call him back for more future jobs.