I bought a very old-fashioned flat in Mouille Point with the intention of renovating it. I engaged the services of Ernst Frame-Tolmie who showed me three other flats that he had recently renovated. On seeing these I was confident that he would do an excellent job. I live in Johannesburg so did not come to Cape Town during the renovations. When I saw the final product I was thrilled.
We had a lot of opposition from my neighbour who objected to my moving the position of my kitchen. Ernst handled this matter in the most professional of ways, and even undertook negotiations with my neighbour to allow the proposed works to proceed.
The caretaker also mentioned to me that the construction company that Ernst used was meticulous in its operation, ‘The best we have had here at the block’.
Ernst was always amenable, returned my calls timeously, and was always ready to go the extra mile. He is a man of integrity and exceptionally good taste as all his suggestions about improving my flat were inspired. I adore my flat and it is admired by friends and family. It has a wonderful, relaxed feeling about it and is both a great holiday flat and a space that I would gladly live in permanently.
I wholeheartedly recommend Ernst to anyone wanting a beautiful space.
Johannesburg, South Africa
Ernst is a pleasure to work with. He is creative, practical and infinitely patient. He is also well-connected in the planning department of the city council which is useful when obtaining planning permission. His design changed the total feel of my home and elevated both the usefulness of the space and the specialness of the property. Ernst also remained very hands on during the building process to make sure that the end product conformed to the design. One feels very well looked after when Ernst is on the job!!
Framework worked closely with Karen and I on the redesign and development of our Cape Town Waterfront apartment. Ernst created a world class ambience and design. He is an extremely innovative, and at the same time practical professional. I would not hesitate to recommend him as an architect and designer.
For us all to end a project like this one on such a happy note—as not just clients but friends—is rare. Both Ernst and his highly dedicated professional building team deserve huge success for the future.
John & Val Howsly
Fresnaye, Cape Town
Ernst explained everything well and gave me options ranging in prices and effectiveness. Everything he proposed made sense and functions well, and we have received many compliments for the aesthetics and layout of our apartment. I would certainly refer his services to others.