18th April 2018
For a long time the term ‘affordable housing’ has been an anathema; it’s used in political, planning and development circles to persuade the populace that the housing crisis is being dealt with. When the average household income is in the region of £23k, and the average house price is ten times that, we fail to see how anyone in a low-income position can secure themselves a safe and adequate home. When we bought our first house the rule of thumb [...]
10th April 2018
We have just returned from our trip to Malawi with St Peters Malawi Education Trust; we’ve had an eye-opening time. The building team spent 5 hard, hot days in the sun and successfully completed the construction of seven classrooms ahead of time. The frames went up well and were completed with roofs in the nick of time, as the heavens opened the moment we officially handed over the project. All 900 pupils, families and building team were [...]
10th January 2018
Busy planning for our trip to Malawi at Easter, not pencils but tools in our hands for a change (is that wise?). Plans underway, materials ordered, so many vaccinations our arms feel like pin-cushions… we’re looking forward to our trip to help build seven new classrooms in seven days with St Peters Malawi Education Trust. Watch this space for more news. Please bear with us while we are closed from mid-March for three weeks.
14th October 2017
This month we completed our Coast to Coast run for St Peters Malawi Education Trust. We had a fabulous time running 117 miles from Wembury to Lynmouth in great company. We’ve raised nearly £3,500 for the charity to put towards its ‘Seven classrooms in seven days’ project for March 2018, when we’ll also be travelling out there to help build this vital primary school accommodation. Thank-you to all who have supported us so far, you have been very generous.
23rd September 2017
On 27th Sept we will be starting a 117m run from Wembury to Lynmouth, across Devon over Dartmoor and Exmoor, to raise funds for St Peters Malawi Education Trust. We’ll be running close to a marathon each day, over mixed terrain including all the best boggy bits of Dartmoor and hilliest bits of the county. Sean will be running with a small group of fellow runners on this self-led challenge. Much beer and potatoes will be required along the route. [...]
24th August 2017
Impressed on a holiday visit to Chedworth Roman Villa (Cotswolds), by their visitor centre, an elegant shroud protecting some lovely mosaics and hypocaust remains, as well as providing interpretation spaces. A deceptively simple building form and strategy, rigorously detailed and carefully executed.
4th August 2017
Are you aware that nearly 12,000 new homes are built by self-builders every year? This accounts for up to 10% of the country’s new house production, according to Sarah Chilcott on the Planning Portal. This is significantly less than other European countries such as Austria, where self-builders are responsible for 80% of new homes. This clarifies why, perhaps, there is such dissatisfaction with the industry in this country, but also begs the question, why don’t we build more. Evidently, there [...]
31st July 2017
This year we have become involved with a charity called St Peter’s Malawi Education Trust, which has arisen from a long-term relationship that a local school (St Peter’s) has developed with a community in central Malawi. They have made many visits with schoolchildren to the Kasungu district, becoming involved in secondary and primary schools and a hospital [...]
7th July 2017
Recent research carried out by the Federation of Master Builders and reported here by PBC Today, confirm our recent experience in the market place. It is not unusual for builders to need at least a month lead-in time to commence work after an instruction; however at the moment we are finding this can be several months, some even reporting a full order book for the next 6-9 months. This is great news for our regular builders who are in [...]
13th March 2017
We’ve now completed our presentation drawings that we hope will go a little way to explaining the aspirations of the Trust, at their open evening this coming Friday March 17th. These animations and drawings illustrate the existing four classrooms built on previous visits, and the complete proposed works to build a further seven classrooms and two rooms for teacher’s accommodation, which it is hoped to complete in a visit in the spring of 2018. Please come along to the [...]