Year: 2012

Twitter @barnconversion

I'm really rubbish at self promotion and promotion of this blog... one thread of evidence to that statement is that I've been on Twitter for a couple of years now, but have neglected to mention it here. I have stuck a Twitter link up on the header but never provided any explanation, so to put the record straight... I use Twitter to post irregular updates regarding the blog, progress at the barn or just general comments related to barns, conversions or building in general. I've made 120 tweets or so over the last couple of years, with most of those…
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Planning and control tools – Remember the milk

I don't really talk about project management on this blog. I prefer to focus on my fumbling attempts at labouring, carpentry, landscape gardening and so on. But having decided against an architect and / or project manager way back at the start of converting the barn I've taken on the project management (above and beyond co-ordination of the original building work) myself. I don't especially enjoy project management, it's a part of what I do when in my day job and so isn't new or challenging, more a necessary evil than anything else. However, I have used some tools that…
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Good design is as little design as possible

I've been a fan of the designer Dieter Rams and specifically his Vitsoe shelving for some time. I hadn't realised that the Vitsoe shelving is made in Britain (or Made by Britain as the current government campaign has it). Due to the name and the simple design approach I'd assumed a Scandanavian heritage, so there are few excuses (except for the cost) not to buy Vitsoe shelving. On the Vitsoe website is a list of 'ten principles of good design', that are as good a list of design principles as I've found. Of the ten principles, this one struck a…
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The people belong to the house

Christmas affords me sometime to be able to read, eat and drink. Cookery books allow all three, albeit two of them in the abstract unless augmented. Rick Stein is a favourite and I loved this quote from his latest book 'Spain'. It conveys a sense of home and belonging that most of us seek. Towards the end of the lunch, one of the aunts recited a poem by the Basque poet Gabriel Aresti: I shall defend the house of my father Against wolves Against drought Against usury Against the law The significance of this, they told me, was that in…
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