Every Groth & Sons project is executed in superb detail ensuring client’s peace of mind, confidence and complete satisfaction. But don’t take our word for it, here’s what our customers have to say:
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library – so said Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986) and we agree.
Books are such an important part of our lives. We love to hold them, smell them; we love to turn the pages and we love to travel the journeys they unfold and the insights they reveal and we hope that we have many more years to buy and read. For us books offer the quintessential ‘hunting and gathering’ way of life in the most traditional ethnographic sense – sustenance. Our library is not large; each book is valued for a variety of reasons and the collection grows.
We read about Amos Groth in an article in the Sydney Morning Herald and filed it for future reference. We wanted to create a permanent home for our library and we wanted it to reflect the feel of our apartment. We needed easy access, maximum capacity, a little colour that would set the atmosphere of our living spaces, but most of all we wanted a library ladder – the ultimate symbol of ‘libraryness’. We ended up with two!
It goes without saying that Amos’s cabinetry skills are exceptional and we are so pleased with how things have turned out. In fact, so pleased, that the library has expanded from the study and living room to the hallway and we are contemplating new possibilities.
For Heather and I the most important process in the development of the library was the design stage, looking at professional drawings illustrating various siting options, evaluating costs and benefits and considering aesthetic outcomes, paint finishes, colours and responses to the height and shape of our living and working spaces.
What we found in Amos was an approach to problem solving through grand design. In such a scenario responses to context are critical to our thinking, however, a strong focus on detail leads to lasting satisfaction. And we also have a secret cupboard. What more could you ask for?
– Heather Mansell & Ian Cook
I was first introduced to Amos’s work by a very exacting and demanding interior decorator for whom he had built some wonderful wall units.
On subsequently engaging Amos I found him to be the consummate professional from design stage through to manufacture and ultimately fitting out of a very large built in unit for my home office in Sydney. He attended to every detail of design and execution and was an absolute delight to work with. When I moved I could not bear to part with Amos’s creation and had the architect of my new home made adjustments so we could dismantle the unit when I moved and rebuild it in my new house with Amos’s help. It lives there to this day and still gives me great joy.
I have recommended Amos to friends and have seen some of the innovative and original designs he has produced for them and am more than happy to recommend him to anyone looking for creativity and perfection.
– Lisa Haines
My wife and I have had the sublime pleasure of employing Amos to perform work at our home.
We have been impressed with the unbelievable attention to detail that accompanies every aspect of Amos’s work. From the design and construction of a wardrobe to the design and installation of decorative paneling or an entire library, the same level of excellence continues. We have no hesitation in recommending any prospective customer to the services that Amos provides.
Amos represents a link between the modern and a time when tradesmen worked slowly and produced masterpieces. Amos quite simply continues to do that very thing today. We have been very fortunate to have discovered him.
– The Hon Justice – Ian G Harrison
Amos‘s work is at top of the tree, a most highly creative individual. The precision in Amos’s work is so rewarding and the care he takes to finish the job is a special delight, and really what everyone wants. The consistent element in Amos’s work is one of quality.
– The late, Leslie Walford – Interior Decorator – Social Columnist
We first met Amos Groth five years ago when he added some built-in bookcases and a dining cabinet to our home. Since then Amos has assisted us with bigger projects involving every aspect of design and construction, the latest including a superb new kitchen.
Amos is a highly skilled professional as well as a true gentleman. He applies the same professionalism and dedication to helping with the choice of paint colours or new cushions as he does to designing and building an entire room, and is a pleasure to work with. We could not recommend him more highly.
– Leigh & Peter Ritchie
Amos Groth is an outstanding professional. His workmanship is brilliant in every way, and the bookshelves, drawers and cupboards he built in our lounge room are superb. His communication skills set him apart. His explanations of work details are clear and thoroughly researched, but he also had my interests at heart … and listened to me. I find this a rare quality. Amos is extremely pleasant to work with.
– Elspeth Richards
Amos Groth built us some wonderful bookcases on either side of our fireplace a number of years ago. They were always greatly admired and were a feature of the living room.
When we subsequently moved house, we could not bear to part with them both for their usefulness and their attractiveness. Amos was called and he re-installed them into the new house as part of the study. I can absolutely commend Amos for his professionalism, his innate sense of style and workmanship. He is delightful to have working in your home and a pleasure to do business with.
– Sue Hancock
My wife and I wanted to refresh our lounge room by replacing an existing bookcase which had become somewhat dated. How fortunate we were to engage Amos Groth to do so. By virtue of his skill Amos has provided us with a bookcase of exceptional design and quality and at the same time has created in that room an atmosphere that is a delight to experience. What a joy it was to deal with an expert who personally handled design, construction and installation and whose attention to detail was extraordinary. We would have no hesitation in recommending him.
– John Rouen
Amos Groth, of Groth & Sons, has worked closely with me over the past three years on a project close to my heart, my home library. A personal dream of mine for most of my life, to have found a craftsman such as Amos to bring it to life was indeed special. From our first meeting until completion, a span of over three years, Amos has been nothing short of professional, dedicated, and most important to me, passionate about the project as though it was his own.
Both Amos and his son, Oliver, are bright, happy individuals, who remain focused when on the job. They put so much effort and love into their work, a personal touch which remains within the library walls long after they have packed their tools and paints and moved on. It was a privilege to have them construct a dream before my eyes. Amos would take on board my requests and inject his experience and thoughts also, a combined effort laced with much respect.
It is a rare thing in this day and age to find an individual, let alone a team, who is worthy of the title, Master Craftsman. It has been a great honour to have had a third-generation expert apply his knowledge and experience to such a personal project. I cannot recommend more the work of Groth & Sons.
Sincerely, Dany Hatem-Rahme
– Dany Hatem-Rahme, Glenhaven, NSW
I recently commissioned Amos Groth to design and fit-out my man-cave. The construction included full height book-cases, complete with hardwood ladder, audio-visual cabinetry, and a fully integrated bespoke desk.
Amos, and his son Oliver, were totally committed to the project, and produced a stunning result, on time, and on budget.
Amos is a true craftsman.
– artisan, n.
1. A worker in a skilled trade, a craftsperson; (in later use) esp. one utilizing traditional or non-mechanized methods.
2. A person who practises or cultivates one of the fine arts; an artist. [Now rare.]
This is how the OED defines an artisan. It is how I describe Amos Groth. In 2015 we engaged Amos to build a bookcase for my living room. I had ‘traditional’ in mind. Amos had other ideas. Being led through his design process – which was brimming with creativity, enthusiasm and originality, was an absolute joy. Always engaging, our interactions with Amos during this phase were collaborative, constructive and above all great fun.
Amos was extremely patient during our procrastination and occasional change of mind. As an engineer, I was most interested in the construction. The ‘how’. Amos invited me to his workshop and explained some of the techniques behind his trade. The standard of build, the quality of the install and the final finish are simply exceptional. It is rare, in this disposable era we find ourselves in, to find a craftsman operating to such high standards.
I wanted a bookshelf; I now have functional art in my living room. I’m utterly delighted – and a tiny bit smug – with what Amos has created. If you want a unique blend of craftsman, artist, gusto and flair, then I highly recommend Amos Groth.
– James A; Cremorne
This letter is to put in writing how delighted we are with the result of our bespoke library, wainscot panelling and decorative plasterwork you completed in our formal living rooms and hallway in our 120 year old terrace in Woollahra during March / April 2014. We have so far had hours of enjoyment in our new rooms since their completion, both in quiet reflection on our own and entertaining friends, who always compliment us on the beautiful installation.
If we boiled our view down into one sentence it would be: “You provided us with an exceptional experience both in terms of the beautiful final product and your outstanding client service during the process.”
We would not hesitate to recommend you to another potential client for the following reasons:
1. Installation delivered by highly experienced and skilled craftsmen.
2. The High quality of the installation and impeccable service provide value for money.
3. Demonstrated real insight into how to deal with specific needs.
4. Flexibility and skill to work within constraints of 120 year old house with many difficulties.
5. Care taken with protecting our property and in keeping the site clean.
6. Seamless interaction with other trades.
7. Willingness to “go the extra mile” with certain items outside the original scope to provide best quality installation.
8. Clarity of quote and design and timely updates on progress and explanation of process – “no surprises”
We would be happy for you to show potential clients your work within our home either in photos or in person if required. In addition we would be happy to talk to potential clients to provide specific detail on the events that formed our views set out in the above points.
– Anna Schibrowski & Daniel Neggo
I presented Amos Groth with a truly blank canvas, a large white and straight wall in my new, contemporary apartment, and asked him to create bookcases and cabinets to accommodate my many books and television. Amos applied careful thought to the design of what was the most important feature in my apartment, as it had to be not only functional, but also had to enhance my living room and complement the existing interior space. After we finalised the design, the materials and finishes were discussed with great attention to detail so that the entire design worked in both an aesthetic and a functional sense.
The bookcases, handcrafted and then installed by Amos and his son, Oliver, have transformed my apartment. My large white wall now features a perfectly constructed and beautifully finished integrated system of shelves and cabinets, which have transformed my apartment into my home. Amos is a master craftsman who takes a great deal of pride in the quality of his work, and who spends a great deal of time to create enduring and inspirational works of ‘house furniture’. I would have no hesitation in recommending Amos and Oliver to anyone who loves books and would like unique and perfectly crafted bookcases to house them in.
– Jennifer Genion, Rozelle NSW
I’ve been involved with Amos for 13 years and 3 significant jobs – the most recent involving interior design, bespoke cabinetry, and furniture, furnishing, lighting and flooring selection across 6 rooms. He has earned my trust and admiration. His work demonstrates creative flair, meticulous craftsmanship and attention to detail, and his approach is patient, personable and consultative. And he’s a nice person to have around! I wouldn’t go anywhere else.
– Kate Olgers – General Counsel
Amos was recommended to us several years ago and designed, built and installed a really impressive bookcase and media unit for our home. Great attention to detail and really top class service. Happy to recommend his services to anyone.
Service Category: Bespoke Design
Year first hired: 2009
Top Qualities: Great Results, Personable, Creative
– Vaughan Woods – AFP® M. App Fin B. Bus SSA
Amos is an exceptional artisan. From our initial meetings, throughout the entire design process and up until the final installation of our bookshelves, Amos demonstrated a level of professional care and commitment that is rare in the modern world. His work is detailed, thoughtful and incredibly well put together.
As well as bringing his extensive knowledge of space, design and aesthetics to the job, Amos was extremely consultative and was happy to incorporate our own ideas into his vision. The pride Amos takes in his work is only matched by the pride we feel when our friends see his work for the first time. I have no hesitation in recommending Amos to anyone who values quality, beauty and craftsmanship.
– Paul Eastway – Drama coach
On a recent complete renovation of our Hunters Hill home, I engaged the services of Groth and Sons for my detailed cabinetry. They were without a doubt the most professional tradespeople on our entire project. The care that Amos and his staff take with their work, and the work of trades that surround them, is beyond reproach.
From choosing paint colours and door knobs to complete room design, Amos was happy to lend advice and guide us expertly toward the high quality result we achieved. I have known Amos for almost ten years, and his professionalism and passion for his craft never waivers. I cannot recommend Groth & Sons more highly.
– Natalie Ingham
We’re not sure if words can reflect the gratitude we have for the mastery of bespoke creator Amos Groth (and the sons). The minute I met you and you stood in our spare room bursting with books piled in every space, books that needed a place to shine, I recall you took “Oscar Wilde” off the shelf. I knew then that this conversation would be the pathway to our dream.
You came in to our humble apartment and listened to our grand plan. You listened and heard and even though we both knew that it was a challenge with space, height and size, your positivity guided us. Every book needed a place and you knew that the only way was to turn our living/dining room into what is now, our beautiful live-in library. Our hopes exactly.
You listened closely. You incorporated my insistence for an easel for our large books which allows me to turn the page to a new piece of art every day. Your masterful eye saw a way of incorporating our treasured Gibran Kahlil Gibran portrait into the bookcase as a backdrop to our priceless collection of his works. Amos you didn’t just build a bespoke bookcase you transformed our space so that we and all who come to our home can enjoy a great meal, a glass of red, warm lighting and a book or two …without even leaving the table. And it is just heart-warming when Charlie and I come home at the end of the day, turn the key and walk into our live -in and living library.
With gratitude (and a pot of tea of course) xx Judy and Charlie
– Judy Saba, Charlie Hassarati