The Sawmill

A building that doesn’t change much over time. A structure designed for and still used in the way it was intended. It’s a rare thing. And a joy to find tucked into a quiet valley to the East of the Cairngorms. Much to be inspired about here.

The Anatomy of a Terrace

I just finished reading Quiet by Susan Cain She talks in depth about the new obsession for group work or ‘groupthink’ and how this is shaping our workplaces with a bias towards the gregarious and extroverted. It forces those who are not this way inclined into uncomfortable situations, where…

Just like Westfield

  Design and detail well a great big shed. Build it to last, not to leak and be flexible. Invite multiple retailers in to lease a patch of space. Clump them into similar offers. All the butchers go together, so its easier to shop. Give them free reign to…

The Veranda, The new Hallway?

Its been a long summer of hard graft, hence the last post being in April. I did get away on holiday once and managed to find the time at least to think about the blog, even though its taken me until now act on that thought. Readers in Pembrokshire…

Drawing is not enough

Mostly in the world of commercial interior design and architecture, you are limited to what you can draw, set down on paper, quantify and schedule. Obviously, this is the only way any building work can be costed, and it takes time to produce this information. There is a real…

Hiut Denim

Think about the difference between the factory space and the workshop. One is about production, the other is about craft. Remodel has helped design a new manufacturing facility for Hiut Denim. One particular challenge was key. Can you have a modern production space, geared to the high speed needs…

Diversification to Specialisation

Something that made me smile recently. A now defunct business in Keighley. Electrical services for two very different markets and all under the same roof. I’d have liked to have been a fly on the wall in this establishment. Just to see how it worked. I have this image of…

The Ideal Interior?

Some thoughts on the Dolls House; -A totally flexible plan -Infinite possibilities of layout -No intruding elements of immovable structure -Accessible Site -Change is controlled by the occupants/users -Time to play with different possibilities and learn about the best configurations Of course, a dolls house is an abstract thing, but it points to a number…

Woodwork – A Shed Manifesto

My dad has just built and fitted-out his own workshop, the realisation of a lifelong dream and an escape from a dark an cramped garage. Common with other structures of the type, here’s a few ideas we could borrow to some degree when building bigger interior design schemes; -Simple…

Now and Then

For evidence of how our towns and have changed and will change again, take a trip to Cliffe Castle in Keighley, one of my favorite gritty ex-industrial northern towns. These images are part of an interesting collection of exhibits on the history of the town and how it developed…