As you journey through my book exploring contemporary house design you’ll discover that being contemporary is not the same thing as being faddish. Contemporary house design is not about building wacky spaceships. Instead, being contemporary means drawing on a rich history of architectural influences – from Norman forts to labourers’ cottages; Scottish castles to Renaissance villas; and from Irish bawns to Scandinavian eco-houses. Being truly contemporary, means being rooted in the past, yet responding to the present.
In this book, we will explore what can be achieved artistically in the countryside with contemporary house design. This isn’t as grand, or high-flown, as it sounds. It’s about creating something that is both practical and beautiful – and that is just what clients want. Ultimately, this book is about empowering people to get the best house they can from their architect.