About Me

Well you’ve found my little corner of the Internet so there is a good chance you know me or have met me already.

Where to start? Lynton I suppose, I was born in Lynton on the coast of Exmoor in the sou-west corner of England in November 1967. I am married with 2 sons, a big Exmoor Lurcher, a Patterdale Terrier and a cat.

I went to school in Lynton then Ilfracombe before heading to colleges in Barnstaple and Exeter where I learnt the fine art of designing buildings, the business I have been in almost constantly since starting work. I say almost constantly as I have had a few sidetracks into a Cafe business and a Cake Manufacture and Wholesale Company. The Cakes saw me dabbling in the chaos that are shows such as The BBC Good Food Show and rubbing shoulders with TV personalities.

My second brush with fame saw me on TVs Heirhunters programme, pictured below filming with Sophie the Director.

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The Heirhunters programme featured a long lost aunt of my Dad’s and our family connection with the remote Hoaroak Cottage high on Exmoor. Since filming the programme I have been involved with much more work around the preservation of the cottage and the memories of those who have lived and worked there. Have a look here for more information – HoaroakCottage.org

You’ll find links about my Architecture work on here, I am hopeless at remembering to take photographs of things for blog posts though. Most of my site photographs are dull pictures of rotting wood or missing bits of structure that should be offering vital support. I do get involved in new build work occasionally but its mostly refurbishment and restoration or awkward Planning issues that nobody else wants to do.

The Exmoor Centre is my other time consuming project, I manage this remote bunkhouse on Exmoor for The St Mary Lyncombe Exmoor Trust. The centre exists to provide cheap accommodation for young people to explore the wilds of Exmoor. Website here – ExmoorCentre.co.uk

I love cycling, not racing, just getting about on a bike. I have a trusty Ribble R4 mountainbike that I had made up to my spec in the mid-90s sometime and a old Bianchi 841 Lusso road bike that was an ebay bargain a few years ago. I have a list about a yard long of bikes I would like.

I don’t need to say anything about the Land Rover on this page, you’ll have gathered that its part of the family…

 

Work in progress…

I am particularly useless at taking photos of what is going on on-site. Site photos tend to be un-photogenic and bit chaotic to look at. This floating oak staircase is a little bit different and shows a little of how they are formed.

Making something look this simple is incredibly complicated and expensive to do. In this case hidden within the wall is a huge amount of steelwork to support the cantilevered stair treads. The complexity of this is made considerably worse by the fact we had to wind the upper treads to achieve the necessary headroom.

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Tors Hotel Development

On Thursday 12th November we will be opening up the new apartments at The Tors Hotel, Lynmouth for a public viewing and to present our ideas for further developing the site.

 

This project has the potential to be beneficial to everyone in the area so we would like as many people to come along and see what we have done so far and to have a say in how we progress from here.

Doors open at 2.30pm and we will be around until at least 6.30pm so please drop in. If you have any specific questions about the project then please email me via this website and I will answer them for you.

 

Below are views of Apartment2, a 3 bedroom apartment. We have a selection of 1 to 3 bed apartments nearing completion.

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Well nearly….

I was very chuffed to be nominated and shortlisted in the Local Authority Building Control Awards for the south-west this year. This was for our work on the new house at Sparkhayes Campsite in Porlock in the ‘Best Individual New House’ category. Details of the project are further down this blog here – http://muddyredlandrover.co.uk/?p=460 . A great team worked on the project and it is their attention to detail that won us the nomination I am sure.

Unfortunately we didn’t win but we can now use this logo on our headed paper etc so thats nice isn’t it :-)  I must start sucking up to our Building Control Officers for a nomination next year…

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New apartments for sale soon

I am currently working on some new apartments at The Tors in Lynmouth. These will all have the most amazing views as you can see below.

These flats are being developed by Westbourne Real Estate, the property arm of the late Martin Miller http://www.martinmiller.co.uk/. Westbourne have a proven track record of developing this type of high spec accommodation and their in-house team of craftsmen are producing some of the tidiest electrical and plumbing installations I have seen. The finishing is superb.

Interior design on the show flat is being led by London based designer Catherine Mitchell catherinemitchelldesign.com and is available for viewing now, further flats are available to be finished to your specification if you get in quick.

To be kept up to date on this project keep checking in here or sign up to Millers email updates and offers via http://www.millerslynmouth.co.uk/

The first flats are now being marketed by ChartsEdge.co.uk, click on the photos below for the full panoramic effect…

Zermatt – March 2014

What an amazing 10 days in the alps!

Huge thanks to Lesley and Stuey at http://www.zermattapartmentrentals.com/

Also thanks to:

Benny and team at http://www.flexrent.ch/ for the excellent skis and service (and locals rates!)

Taxi Fredy http://www.taxi-zermatt.com/english/ for the airport transfer from and to Geneva.

To Bernie and team at http://www.matterhorn-group.ch/en/restaurants/rothorn/blue-lounge-blauherd/

for the life saving morning espresso coffee and the trays of Moet

Nicole at http://www.hennustall.ch/ for the gallons of Cardinal on the way back down the mountain.

http://www.julen.ch/de/papperla-pub/willkommen/ for the extended Apre-Skiing

http://www.alpine-adventures-zermatt.com/ for the Paragliding, cheers fellas :-)

http://stoked.ch/en/ for the ski lessons for Henry- ask for Robbie, the best instructor in Zermatt if not the whole world! We can never thank Robbie enough for what he did last week :-)

 

If you are going to Zermatt and need anything speak to the people who can help – http://www.zermattatyourservice.com/

 

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…and finally

 

 

High Tide 02.02.14

A few photos of the morning high tide 2nd February 2014.

 

 

Lime Rendering

If you know me you will know I am on a mission to rid the world of nasty cement based render on old stone buildings.

This is a step further forward on my mission and demonstrates the nicer softer appearance and depth of colour proper lime renders and limewash finishes have.

You can find more information on why cement renders are so bad for stone buildings here:

http://www.spab.org.uk/advice/technical-qas/technical-qa-1-dealing-with-inappropriate-cement-renders/

Lynmouth Tide – 4 January 2014

A few pictures from this mornings high tide.

Dogs

A quick post to link a few things of my dogs together

A new house

Another rare work post on here. This is a new house and campsite office project I have been working on for a very long time. Planning was a bit of a long process on this one but we got there in the end.

The house is on a basic campsite that retains its rustic farm appeal so we didn’t want to plonk a modern house there, it had to be something rustic. With this in mind we set about designing a house that would look a bit like a converted Linhay. Materials and detailing were very important, the darker timber principle structure is Oak and we were lucky to source some great Cedar for the cladding, the roof is natural slate and the rendered gable walls are done in a through coloured self finished render. Although the gables are done in cavity block construction we cut the corners down to give the building soft rounded hand formed edges.

 

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The project was Project Managed by Mark Freeman of Porlock. I can’t recommend Mark highly enough contact Mark on 07773 149298 if you are planning a building project on Exmoor. He provides a very cost effective alternate service to the traditional contractor.

If you are Planning a camping holiday on Exmoor Sparkhayes campsite is ideally located in Porlock. It is run by one of Exmoors true gentlemen Mr Philip Weaver who will definitely add value to your stay with his knowledge and enthusiasm for all things Exmoor. Contact details for the site are here – http://www.porlock.co.uk/members/index.php?id=00075

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