For 20 years I have worked on a diverse range of domestic projects, helping clients bring their ideas to life.

The thread through all of my designs has been the use of traditional materials and design details combined with environmentally responsible construction methods to create beautiful, long-lasting buildings. I feel lucky to have developed this approach, working alongside T J Crump Oakwrights and their passionate team who continually strive for quality throughout the design and construction process.

I studied architecture at Cambridge University, and afterwards worked on a varied portfolio of projects, while employed in an architectural practice in the same city. Projects included designs for Cambridge University Colleges, churches and cathedrals, and National Trust properties.

Taking some time out from the world of architecture, I spent two years employed by an Herefordshire company that specialises in the repair and conservation of historic buildings, where I was involved in projects for English Heritage and the National Trust.

Having enjoyed combining my design skills with a hands on knowledge of the construction processes, I completed a two year course in cabinet making. During this time I designed and started building a traditionally jointed oak framed building in woodland that I jointly own with a friend, using timber and other materials sourced from the site and as locally as possible. This self-built oak-framed barn is now available to rent as a beautiful, peaceful holiday home, a unique place from which to explore Herefordshire and Shropshire. Visit our website at www.cruckbarn.co.uk for more details.

A strong thread throughout the build of our Cruckbarn was the wish to use materials with low embodied energy. Energy conservation, sustainability and environmental impact are all important factors in my projects. Maximising the use of timber in construction has many positive benefits. Equally, incorporating high levels of insulation and ensuring air-tightness are both vital, alongside designing in opportunities for solar gain. Both through my own experiences and choices at our Cruckbarn and are own home, along with the many projects I have worked on for clients, I have built up a good understanding of the principles critical to creating a sustainable building. (We have ground-source heating at our Cruckbarn, solar hot water and solar pv at our home - along with two electric cars). Sustainability comes from combining all these factors. However, it also comes from creating something beautiful and functional, that as a result will be cherised and last a long time.

Completing such a personal self-build at our Cruckbarn has given me a great insight into the reality of the construction process. As a result of this unbeatable personal experience, I am able to bring an empathy and enthusiasm to the projects I work on.

I have worked with T.J. Crump Oakwrights since their inception over 20 years ago. They are widely recognized as one of the leading and most forward-thinking companies in the oak-framing industry. While I have enjoyed working with many of their clients, I have also provided design and planning services to those choosing to commission the construction of their house or oak-frame from other suppliers - Castle Ring Oak Frame and The Oak Frame Carpentry Company being two examples.

I look forward to meeting and helping passionate clients achieve great buildings that fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

For 20 years I have worked on a diverse range of domestic projects, helping clients bring their ideas to life.

The thread through all of my designs has been the use of traditional materials and design details combined with environmentally responsible construction methods to create beautiful, long-lasting buildings.  I feel lucky to have developed this approach, working alongside  T J Crump Oakwrights and their passionate team who continually strive for quality throughout the design and construction process.

I studied architecture at Cambridge University, and afterwards worked on a varied portfolio of projects, while employed in an architectural practice in the same city. Projects included designs for Cambridge University Colleges, churches and cathedrals, and National Trust properties. 

Taking some time out from the world of architecture, I spent two years employed by an Herefordshire company that specialises in the repair and conservation of historic buildings, where I was involved in projects for English Heritage and the National Trust.  

Having enjoyed combining my design skills with a hands on knowledge of the construction processes, I completed a two year course in cabinet making. During this time I designed and started building a traditionally jointed oak framed building in woodland that I jointly own with a friend, using timber and other materials sourced from the site and as locally as possible.  This self-built oak-framed barn is now available to rent as a beautiful, peaceful holiday home, a unique place from which to explore Herefordshire and Shropshire. Visit our website at www.cruckbarn.co.uk for more details.  

A strong thread throughout the build of our Cruckbarn was the wish to use materials with low embodied energy.  Energy conservation, sustainability and environmental impact are all important factors in my projects. Maximising the use of timber in construction has many positive benefits. Equally, incorporating high levels of insulation and ensuring air-tightness are both vital, alongside designing in opportunities for solar gain. Both through my own experiences and choices at our Cruckbarn and are own home, along with the many projects I have worked on for clients, I have built up a good understanding of the principles critical to creating a sustainable building (we have ground-source heating at our Cruckbarn, solar hot water and solar pv at our home, along with two electric cars). Sustainability comes from combining all these factors. However, it also comes from creating something beautiful and functional, that as a result will bring pleasure and last a long time.

Completing such a personal self-build at our Cruckbarn has given me a great insight into the reality of the construction process.  As a result of this unbeatable personal experience, I am able to bring an empathy and enthusiasm to the projects I work on.

I have worked with T.J. Crump Oakwrights since their inception over 20 years ago. They are widely recognized as one of the leading and most forward thinking companies in the oak-framing industry.  While I have enjoyed working with many of their clients, I have also provided design and planning services to those choosing to commission the construction of their house or oak-frame from other suppliers – Castle Ring Oak Frame and The Oak Frame Carpentry Company being two examples.

I look forward to meeting and helping passionate clients achieve great buildings that fulfil their dreams and aspirations.

Services:

Brief Development – exploring the scope of a project from the initial meeting, covering all opportunities and constraints, including physical, historical, personal and budgetary issues.

Conceptual Design – a process of interpreting the brief, and the hierarchy of all issues that influence the solution, while constantly looking for ways to introduce delight and creativity.

3-d Modelling – during the design phase, I carry out computer modelling of the designs, both externally and internally, to enable clear understanding and impact of layouts, building forms, and light and shadows.  These also help ensure clarity of intent when the project moves on to the detailed design phase, including any oak-frame that might be incorporated.

Planning Design – creating the most persuasive application, covering planning policy matters, local and national requirements, and illustrating the proposal in a clear and attractive format to maximise the chances of support and approval.

Consultee Coordination – liasing with the wide-ranging list of experienced consultants I have worked with on numerous projects, who’s input may be required to achieve a planning approval – ecologists, arboricultural consultants, historical consultants, hydrologists (drainage and flooding).

Planning Negotiation – developing open and responsive communication channels with the planning departments of local authorities, to ensure applications have the best possible chance of approval.