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Hill House – an example of how a 1970s building can be transformed.

Complete refurbishment, extension and modernisation:

This project involved extending the property at ground floor level and, using the natural slope of the site, creating accommodation at the lower ground floor level. All floors benefit from fantastic views of the Bristol Channel, the Mendips and the wonderful Victorian rooftops of  Clevedon.

I did a great deal of the construction work myself. I believe it is important for an architect to have a sound understanding of building technology and, having built a retaining wall 3.5 metres high, I can confirm that I have a clear understanding of construction!


AL Lintels (Batavon) Ltd (Steve Morris) – fixings;

A Williams Engineering (Andy Williams) – structural steelwork;

FH Brundle (Glen Pritchard) – stainless steel handrails & balustrades;

Dave Brown Plastering – plastering;

Carreg Fawr Developments Ltd (Wayne Rowland) – bi-folding doors & aluminium windows;

Chamberlain Roofing (Dave Chamberlain) – roofing; 

Crandon Construction (Jamie Crandon) – blockwork & general building;

Continental Underfloor Heating (Phil Boundy) – underfloor heating system;

DAR Lighting Factory Shop – (Dave Green) – feature light fitting;

Dura Composites (Richard Palmer) – decking;

Fizz Gallery (Sandy Prater) – art work;

Furniture Village (Shirley Durn) – tables and chairs;

Future Installations (Craig Worley) – electrical & media installation;

Golding Manufacturers Ltd (Brian Golding) – doors, stairs, hardwood flooring;

Jamie McInstry – carpentry;

JEH Services (John Hibberd) – Venetian blinds;

JB Glazing (Jim Cooke) – mirrors;

Jewson Ltd (Paul Gulliford) – building supplies;

Magnet Kitchens (Tom Willams) – kitchen fittings;

Master Plastics (Clevedon) (Chris) – uPVC soffits, fascias, gutters and rainwater goods;

Matthew Isgrove – General Builder – underfloor heating installation and commissioning;

Paul Lindo – tiling;

Morgan Structural Ltd (Barry Morgan) – structural design;

Porcelanosa (Western) Ltd (Tony Stephens)  - ceramic tiles;

Peter Sugg – plastering;

Plumbline (Steve Stannard) – boiler replacement;

Ravenscourt Engineering Ltd (Henry Smart) – stainless steel assembly;

TH Scaffolding (Tony & Lee Holliday) – scaffolding;

The Garage Door People (Simon Sparey) – front door and garage door;

Unique Water Solutions (Lee Pearce) – heating and hot & cold water installation;

Watkins Wild Engineering Ltd (Andy Wild) – steel glazed canopy;

Dudley White – carpet fitting.



Durbin Park Road, CLEVEDON, North Somerset

First floor extension and complete internal modernisation:

This project involved an extension at first floor level whereby a completely new roof was constructed over the original roof to create four double bedrooms (one with en-suite facilities) and a family bathroom. The ground floor was opened up to form an open plan arrangement with a new staircase in a different configuration thereby creating more space at both levels. A new kitchen was also installed.


Island Gardens, Stapleton, BRISTOL

First Floor extension:

This project involved an extension at first floor level with internal alterations to form an additional bedroom at the rear of the property and an extended bedroom at the front.


Grade II Listed Cottage, STAPLOW, Herefordshire

Complete refurbishment, extension and modernisation:


This project involved an extensive refurbishment of a listed building which had two separate staircases leading from the ground floor to the first floor but which were not inter-connected. In addition, a hardwood conservatory was added with a new first floor bathroom offering fantastic views of the Malvern Hills.


Hillcrest Road, PORTISHEAD, North Somerset

Two-storey extension and modernisation:

This project consisted of demolishing an existing lean-to garage and building a two-storey extension to house an additional two bedrooms on the first floor with a new garage below. Advantage was taken of the sloping site and a lower level garden room was formed under the rear single-storey extension.


Dial Hill Road, CLEVEDON, North Somerset

Stonework repairs to Victorian house:

 This project was essentially a maintenance scheme to preserve the stonework which was beginning to deteriorate due to sand/cement mortar having been used as pointing previously. This was raked out and replaced with lime mortar while many of the eroded stone sections were fully replaced.

Acknowledgement: Simon Cosnett – Stone Mason.


Bybrook Barn, CHIPPENHAM, Wiltshire

Single-storey extension:

A small single-storey extension designed to blend in with a traditional stone built property.


Edward Road South, CLEVEDON, North Somerset

 Single-storey extension:

 A single-storey extension designed to accommodate an en-suite bedroom/hobbies room.