Architecture: noun, verb, technical person or profession?

le corb 1Are you an architect? Or, should I say did you study architecture? The two are not mutually inclusive it seems. When I was 16 or 17 and thinking of a future career I don’t think there was quite the level of navel gazing or working out where my future might lie as there is now. No visits to colleges, no talks from industry, no transition year. I just decided in a particularly uninformed and unscientific way that I wanted to study architecture. Continue reading

When Pad came to town.

padThe first time my Dad (Pad) came to see the house (site), he came prepared. Mentally I mean. He gets us. The madness of it all. He has seen what we can do and believes in us. So when I rang him one evening and told him we had an offer in on a house I should not have been surprised when I got a phone call the next day. He called to say he was sitting on the steps outside the house and was I in the neighbourhood? Continue reading

Game on…

We (finally) secured permission to commence the works we wished to do to the pigeon house.  As the property was a protected (listed) building, a large amount of information was required and a number of stages were involved in the permissions process from the local authority. This ranged from a historical account of the building to large scale detailed drawings. After much stress and tension the bankers eventually gave us the go ahead for our mortgage and we were finally ready to commence on site!. We simply could not wait to get in there and see what really lay behind the facade and above the many suspended ceilings (would there be any period details or not?) Continue reading

Clearly I have a one track mind…

Having viewed it, we couldn’t stop thinking about the pigeon house. It was complete madness. We were already living in our dream home. We are both architects and designed a brand new house for ourselves only seven years years earlier, having bought a used car lot with some friends. Continue reading