Considered use of real materials, used honestly and effectively in combinations, form a guiding principle for all of our buildings. We use locally sourced and sustainable materials wherever possible. These materials give buildings ‘soul’ and ‘tie them to a particular place’.

I’m an expert in the sustainable use of native timbers such as oak, chestnut and larch, knowing how to plant, identify, harvest, convert, season, and ultimately use structurally & durably in a  building, whether it’s a traditional mortice and tenon oak frame or a modernist bridge.

Other materials that I know well include the art of cob walling which I reintroduced into the county in 1996 and I have pioneered earth bricks in modern cavity construction. My workshop built one of the first 1 1/2 storey structural straw bale houses in the country.

Local stone, reclaimed brick and lime mortars/plasters are a common specification.

I’m excited by the visible use of modern materials such as stainless steel wires or reinforced concrete poured in situ where clients have the courage to use them.

Fabricated Steel