Elly’s husband Mike is no newcomer to building. He resourced materials and implemented
Elly’s design upon their family home using a novel self-build system with high thermal
Having originally qualified in mechanical and production engineering I then pursued
early business interests and broke into IT working on large projects in various roles
until becoming absorbed by thefamily home extension project.
I decided to take a fresh approach to building a modern home extension and embarked
on a self taught apprenticeship improvising and learning as I implemented Elly’s
design. I called on the knowledge /expertise of many of Elly’s excellent building
contacts to overcome challenges that presented themselves but I physically took the
project from 1.8 m below ground to 5m above ground, it was a two storey side and
I dug and implement off-set and conventional foundations, diverted and build tunnels
for sewers and built new walls with PIF blocks. We filled the structure with a specialised
concrete mixture and installed a solid concrete first floor.
Tradesmen were employed to construct and tile the pitch roof and I used their scaffolding
to navigate around the external walls to spread a lightweight plastic/cement render
and finally seal with textured silicon paint.
Once the double glazing was fitted that was it....., or so I thought.
Never having been through the loop before , .....I’d no idea how long fitting the
services, bathrooms and kitchens and finishing the interior was about to take and
it meant working indoors for many months. I battled fatigue and confusion brought
on by layers of problems and stress. Eventually I prevailed and finished the internal
work and am now planning to landscape the garden before the end of 2010.
So what do I bring to the party? I’m instinctively a resource investigator type,
but I love experimentation and implementation.
I have good process skills (management and operations) understanding how to break
down complex operations into a simple set of tasks and explain them to people new
to the environment which I’ve again taken from working on large IT projects,......
and I’m a pretty good facilitator having spent most of my life working with the clients
telling me what they do and don’t want their end result/ system to do, similar in
some ways to Elegant Design’s projects.