about me

I’m Philippa, a graphic designer and photographer living with my husband, daughter and basset hound at our home in Charnwood Forest. This site is a journal of our renovation and extension project at our midcentury-meets-arts-and-crafts house, Forest View.

We designed the extension and submitted our planning application ourselves with the help of my Dad, a retired chartered building surveyor. Overseeing a building project on my own home is a lifelong ambition of mine. Some of my earliest memories are of trespassing on being taken around residential building sites in our village out of hours with my Dad who would point out things like stud walls and roof construction. Our house was always full of blueprints and my Dad’s meticulously hand-draughted floorplans and elevations. I used to spend hours designing my own houses which generally looked like giant Georgian mansions.

Now I have the chance to design and build my own home I’m loving (almost) every minute and knew that I would regret it if I didn’t document the experience somehow so here it is.