The musings of an Architect going about his daily business – life, design, the everyday are never as mundane as they may seem!

This blog will give you an insight into the weird and wonderful world of architecture, from tricky design challenges to strange coincidences, interesting products and the funny side of life as seen by an Architect on a Scooter.

Mystery Client, Mystery Phone…

So I get a call one day from a lady who lives in a big house in Richmond. She asked me to come and look at her house so I went over and I’m met by her at the front door. She drops her keys into my hand and says, ‘have a look around, I’ll see you later.’ So I don’t know what I’m looking…

A Scooter Has Its Limitations

An elderly lady rang me and asked whether we did loft conversions and I said we did. She told me where she lived, which wasn’t far from the office. I said it would be no problem and I’d come on the scooter and she said, ‘can you bring a ladder for the loft’ and I said, ‘no, I’m on the…

The not so sweet smell of success

I had quite an important meeting at someone’s house and they have a huge dog who when he lies down takes up most of the space of the kitchen. It’s like having an armchair there! But as the conversation went on this really foul smell started emanating from the dog, I couldn’t say anything but…

Stalemate!

I went to a big house which was occupied by only a couple, I think the kids must have left home. He was a big guy and she was quite petite. The brief was to convert the loft into something much bigger and I found it perplexing because the house was so big already. I went up to see it and the space…

Fun House for Cartoonist

At a very early meeting with a client she said, ‘it would be nice to have one big open space where the back of the house can be open to the garden’. And I said, ‘why don’t you have a swing in the house?’ She loved the idea, the swing would be un-hookable so didn’t need to be in place…

Simon Miller Architects Office

  When it came to designing our own office we conceived it in such a way that it was like a kit of different parts. It was a bit like the way you make a model of a building by cutting up bits of cardboard to the right shape, gluing them together and three-dimensionally making a building. The…

Clapham Pod

We found a fun, practical solution to a family’s space problems in Clapham. They didn’t want to move but they needed a study/office. Renting locally wasn’t an option so the idea of the pod – an external structure in the garden – was born. By rehousing the existing study outside of the…