Houses and Restoration

Historically informed, imaginative interior and exterior design using traditional materials and building techniques, encompassing a pragmatic approach to modern thermal efficiency and energy requirements.

Context, scale and appropriateness: essential aspects of historic restoration work. Where ever possible, my work is based on local materials using traditional processes such as lime mortars and plasters, lime wash, lime and casein distemper, soft distemper, gesso and linseed and bees wax timber finishes. These processes and materials give a building an integrity and coherence that cannot be achieved through short cuts promised by modern products. Significantly, traditional materials are some of the most environmentally friendly processes available. They are also a pleasure to live with.

Improving thermal efficiency is a pressing current development in the evolution of historic buildings, and my work demonstrates that it is possible to achieve high efficiency without compromise to historic fabric or aesthetics. A pragmatic approach to modern thermal materials, off-set by the use of historical processes and detail, can now result in buildings which are significantly more efficient but no less attractive. Frequently, historic buildings occupy sites offering potential for energy generation. Historically, many rural properties were self-sufficient. This is once again gaining ground but should be seen as part of a cohesive design.