This website

Ambleside - the village with the  Bridge House (NT)


Office Location

My work involves altering local buildings or creating new often featuring the natural materials and traditional skills of the area

How it all works

The general sequence of a  project ►

A rough sequence of events in setting up a project and who does what, when

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Do I need Permission?

Almost certainly ►

Background information and comment on Planning in the National Park


Proper builders are not like the ones you see on TV ►

No public recommendations sorry,  but some general information and comment

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Plumbers, electricians, joiners, decorators and the like ►

Very important but often overlooked


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Interior specialists

Who they are and why you might need one (at least) ►

A growing band of specialists that you will come across in construction

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Kitchen, bathroom and interior designers ►

Specialists who need careful handling on projects


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Local stonework

converting barns ↓

Details of local stone, its sources, history and uses ►

A huge subject but you have to start somewhere


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Arts & Crafts, Victorian or just plain vernacular ►

Some information on what can be found in the area


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How CAD works

If you want to know the basics of computer aided design ►

Etch-a-Sketch for the computer generation


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Gadgets of the trade

Building sites now have more lasers than a sci-fi film ►

So much technology so little understanding - a few hints


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Useful links to construction information websites ►

VAT, Health & Safety etc. Information links that I use myself on a daily basis and you might also find useful

Solar panels, photo-voltaics, biomass, heat pumps ►

Careful design needed to get the best out of these technologies

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extending cottages ↓

extending terraced houses ↓

converting outbuildings ↓

extending porches and kitchens ↓

new commercial developments...

award winning extensions ↓

converting and altering Listed Buildings ↓

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extending and remodelling houses ↕

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Construction Links

Park Issues

Officers & Inspectors

After Permission

Other Trades



Local Architecture

Ambleside Architect's website with views and insights into building in the Lake District National Park, Cumbria, UK

Green matters

William Sutherland rias riba

Chartered Architect


Cluan, Rydal Road, Ambleside LA22 9BA

Tel: 015394 34489

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