Meet Rod Hughes of 2030 Architects Ltd
2030 Architects Ltd specialise in sustainable new-build and eco-refurbishment within The Lake District, Cumbria, North Lancashire, North Yorkshire and Northumberland. They love working with old buildings, transforming them to create exciting new spaces which provide a new lease of life. They’ll be exhibiting with us at the show and we spoke to Director, Rod Hughes, to find out more.
How did the business begin?
Myself and John Bodger, after years of sharing ideas about green design, finally formed 2030 Architects Ltd in 2009. John has now retired but there are currently five of us busily employed in our tiny Penrith office!
What’s your favourite part of the job?
Seeing something we have designed being beautifully crafted by expert tradesman and the client being suitably impressed. Already this year we have had a “wow” from clients on three separate occasions upon seeing their designs realised, it’s a great feeling when you know everyone involved has helped create something special!
What single piece of advice would you give to anyone planning a building project?
Prepare well and carefully imagine how you want to live, work and play in the new house. Don’t get hung up on details or style at the start. The best design ideas come from great aspirational briefs, not a description of how many rooms, windows and doors somebody wants. Better still use our ‘Low Cost Consultancy Needs and Options Meeting’ to clarify the strategic aims of a project together with an assessment of the budget, timescale and opportunities and constraints on a project before you even start designing. This avoids costly mistakes later on! Anyone attending the Home and Garden Show will qualify for this service, just use code RHG18 when you contact us.
What’s your favourite part of your home and garden and why?
My favourite part of my home is the recently converted garage with new raised solid timber floor laid by myself. The decoration was done by my wife and new energy efficient Accoya windows were installed by a local window manufacturer. My favourite part of the garden used to be the bike track, but now it’s the woodshed and outdoor workshop area surrounded by trees.
Meet the team at this year’s show. Find out more and book your Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2018 tickets online here.