Monday, 12 November 2018

Long overdue update!

As you can see by looking at the date of my last ‘blog’, updates and social media haven’t been high priority… Maybe this isn’t so bad, as I focus on current projects, rather than social media..?? Is that a good excuse..? Anyway, I appreciate this valuable tool, which can showcase projects, providing prospective clients an idea of the type of projects I work on and illustrates the quality of work and design.

 Since my last update, we’ve moved house - another building project, of which ‘phase one’ is complete and we’re gearing up for ‘phase two’.  We purchase Quince ‘Cottage’ (we must apply to remove ‘cottage’ reference – it was a 1950’s bungalow..) in September 2016, removed the roof and most of the internal walls and here’s the result of ‘phase one’;

Quince 2018a_reduced

Referring to my last blog and the project I wrote about, clients, John & Jo, have created a wonderful home, self managing and completing their contemporary split level, SIP constructed dwelling to exacting standards. It’s great to see the sedum and coated steel roofing within current aerial photography below;

2018 aerial_2

I plan to take some photos and will include the property within my projects page. My website projects page is due a refresh – it would be good to showcase a wider range of projects. 

I have been pleased to work with John Hammond, Chartered Town Planner, on a variety of projects, including potential housing allocation layout plans on sites within East Dorset – see extract below;

2018 indicative_layout

…. an application for hoppers serving bio-mass boilers (supporting wood chip energy) on a site growing strawberries in Somerset;

Hoppers 2018

…to a portable toilet in Hampshire. Not sure I’ll be receiving a design award for this one…

portaloo 2018


Family Whitham recently visited Cranborne Garden Centre and I was really pleased how well the new garden room sits within the grounds of the garden centre. A credit to Claire and the team at  Colleague, Richard Bagnall, Chartered Town Planner, and I secured planning permission for the project in 2015.

cranborne 2018_reduced

Recently I’ve preparing pre-application drawings and illustrations (see below) for a new village hall + housing development in North Dorset. I’m looking forward to continuing work with my clients and the Parish Council, developing ideas and taking the scheme forward to planning in the New Year;

Bourton illustration_2018

Finally (sorry, this has been a long update..), I often receive enquiries where the conversation starts ‘I’m not sure whether this project is too small for you to be interested in..’, to which I usually reply, ‘I’m just as happy in designing a garden shed as I am new ‘one-off’ house or housing development..’. Which is true! So, here’s a garden shed I designed recently…

Shed 2018

Note to self, write these updates more regularly…they’re not so arduous…!