The last part of any job is always hard work. Those final finishing touches are the ones that you end up looking at and they come along just when builders, clients and architects can't wait to get everything done. But when it is your own job, the finishing process seems... read more →
It will happen. You will be happily working away and then you will get the call about a potential new job… but there is a catch. The catch sounds small to begin with, but as the detail emerges, it turns out that the catch is that you will need to... read more →
We know that architecture projects can take quite a long time – three years from start to finish is not uncommon and if you take into account the process of arranging finance and finding and buying the site at the start of the process, then the it gets even longer.... read more →
This is the first of what I think will be a series of notes on self build. We are currently finishing off our first self build project which is the renovation and extension of an end of terrace house in East London. So far at least the most important lesson... read more →
Our new project in Forest gate is well underway and the shapes of the rooms are starting to become apparent. This image shows the main bedroom and we are really looking forward to seeing how the light will track across the room during the day. The project will be complete... read more →
For an architect who spends most of his working and thinking time on a wide variety of usually quite small one-off and very specific problems it is interesting to think about how general practice might evolve into an overall approach to architecture. There are two basic scenarios for the sole... read more →
I got a long way with the development of the Stoke Newington Youth Girls Football Club - we grew from 3 or 4 girls and one coach (me) to around 25 girls and 5 or 6 coaches (all dads). It was a great experience but at the end of last... read more →
Our project to extend and renovate a terraced house in Forest Gate has started on site. It involves a two storey side extension and a single storey rear extension. The extensions are built with timber framed structure using the same techniques as our two timber framed projects in Stoke Newington.... read more →
Our cedar clad garden office is Stoke Newington has now reached practical completion. Our clients have moved in to their new work space - and this has freed up space for another bedroom in the main house.
Our project to extend and renovate a farm cottage in Denham has just been completed. Here are a couple of the pictures we took at the last site meeting.