Putting the team together…
For years, I’d been dreaming of creating houses built as I wanted – not to someone else’s specification. I moved to the Lake District and realised what a wonderful lifestyle it offered for me and my family. Whilst out walking my dogs, I came across a derelict farm in the perfect spot… and so it all began.
Finding a beautiful location was the easy part – but choosing the team to make this happen was to be the most important decision yet. I wanted to design and build a better house than I’d ever built before in every aspect, but the design had to match my concept so the right architect was essential. I’d worked with Graham Bywater on a previous project locally and liked his enthusiasm and flair. I mentioned the Greenside site and asked him for his thoughts. It’s a small world. Graham had previously looked at the site for two potential developers who were turned away by the work needed before any work could commence. He immediately began to paint an imaginary picture of a special place with a unique design – I knew right away that he was our man! Greenside had been granted outline planning permission by the elected councillors who sit on the committee against the recommendation of the officials as they knew something had to be done..it was awful! It is great to see democracy in action, but we knew we would have difficulties ahead and had to trust our philosophy.
In early 2014 we met Rachel Atkinson, our soon to be appointed Landscape Architect. Rachel wowed us with her vision of working with the natural form, using native species, encouraging wildlife and creating a sanctuary for people to live. We began to work the scheme into reality. Design is a process and after many draughts the vision starts to take shape. The first airing for the design was perfect – it was just what we had been looking for.