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National Museum of Scotland lego model

Posted on: June 8th, 2020

A little while ago we visited the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and saw the lego model of the building.  This former Royal Museum building was begun in 1861, it has a Victorian Venetian Renaissance facade and a grand central hall of cast iron construction that rises the full height of the building. It […]


Nick Knowles at the Ideal Home Show

Posted on: April 5th, 2019

I recently visited the Ideal home show and was delighted to see on the programme Nick Knowles was being interviewed. I have long admired his work. His involvement with DIY SOS for 20 years and the Invictus games to name but a couple of elements of his work. By his own admission he cannot put […]


New milliner studio created in unused garage space

Posted on: April 3rd, 2019

I was asked to help a home owner, who is a Milliner, to create a new studio space for her to continue her expanding business. The business ‘Head for Hats’ is owned by Anne MacDonald. She had been previously working from her Dining room table and her creations were spreading all through her house. The […]


A day in the life of … this Architect in Cleadon Village!

Posted on: February 6th, 2019

My day starts early, I get up at 6.15am. I am a morning person and at my best as the day begins. We, as a family, work as a team to get everyone out to school and sixth form and work and Bruno our dog, walked. Then the working day begins. As I have my […]


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International Day of Education and it’s importance to me …

Posted on: January 24th, 2019

Today, 24th January is The International Day of Education. I believe that education is importance to me. I studied for 7 years at University and obtained a degree and diploma in the 1990’s. I then completed my professional education to become qualified as an Architect.


Reflections on 2018 … A year to be grateful

Posted on: January 4th, 2019

Maybe it is an age thing … but as more and more years go by time seems to take on renewed energy and fly! I have felt grateful to be asked to be involved in very interesting projects in 2018. It has been a good year. I have seen the completion of a long project […]


A holiday in the Lake District

Posted on: November 20th, 2018

We have recently stayed in the Lake District on a family holiday. I love the Lake District, it is one of my favourite places to visit. It doesn’t take too long to get there from the North East and you quickly begin to relax. The scenery is beautiful and the walking abundant. This time we […]


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10 things I have learnt from 10 years in business …

Posted on: November 7th, 2018

Last month I celebrated 10 years in business. It was a time to reflect and think about the time that has passed. I managed to reduce my musings to 10 thoughts. 1. I enjoy my job … I think you spend so much time in your everyday work that it is really important to enjoy […]


A visit to St Joseph Church, Le Havre, France

Posted on: September 5th, 2018

During the summer we were fortunate to visit St Joseph Church, Le Havre, France. I love visiting new places and seeing different buildings. This church is a beautiful piece of Architecture. It is on the site of a previous church which was bombed in 1944, the whole city was destroyed. August Perret was the Architect for […]


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Do you take on Commercial projects?

Posted on: August 15th, 2018

I am often asked if I carry out commercial projects. I am fully qualified as an Architect and therefore I trained for 7 years at University in all aspects of architecture. I do generally specialise in domestic properties, however, I occasionally take on smaller commercial projects. Last year I was approached by Vicky and Mark […]


International Women’s Day 2018

Posted on: March 9th, 2018

On Thursday 8th I attended two events, International Women’s Day at Sunderland University and the Royal Institute of British architects (RIBA) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) talks at Gateshead council offices. Both events gave me lots of food for thought.



L Rollins Design celebrates 9 years in business!

Posted on: November 15th, 2017

  Last month I celebrated 9 years in business. I feel it is important to mark these milestones. 9 years ago when I set up I prepared as thoroughly as I could for my new business. I wrote a business plan, ordered equipment and stationary, had a company design my branding and website and immersed […]


The day I met Dan Cruickshank

Posted on: September 12th, 2017

Earlier in the summer I had the privilege of meeting Dan Cruikshank. I was asked to host him on his visit to South Shields and go to Customs House, South Shields to listen to his talk about his book ‘A history of Architecture in 100 buildings’.


How do you feel about Euro 2016?

Posted on: June 16th, 2016

  To be honest, I generally enjoy football. I enjoy watching an occasional match. I have watched many matches at different stadiums and on the television. I enjoy the time spent together as a family and the banter that ensues. I enjoy the team spirit and spurring on your favourite to victory. However, I have […]


Love it or List it! A programme I like to watch.

Posted on: June 9th, 2016

There has been a huge increase in property programmes over recent years. They all come at it from a different angle, with the central focus on helping the home owner improve their own home.


A new kitchen extension … things to consider

Posted on: November 4th, 2015

When planning a new kitchen extension, there are so many things to consider. Over the years I have worked with many people on varying project to create the spaces they hope for. The following images are all from some of the projects I have designed. I hope they give inspiration and help you to consider all aspects of the design.


Celebrating 7 years of business!

Posted on: October 2nd, 2015

Yesterday my business was 7 years old! It was important I celebrate with cake and I even took my assistant on a special walk! During our walk i thought about how i have met so many lovely people in 7 years and have worked on hundreds of different projects. I love my job and enjoy most days! The greatest satisfaction is when I have the chance to see a completed project. I love visiting and seeing the new spaces created. I also love to hear how people live differently in their homes due to the work carried out. Having more accommodation or the right accommodation in the best position is important and this can change how you live.


How long does it take to build a house extension?

Posted on: September 22nd, 2015

Many people ask me how long does it take to build a house extension? The building work is part of the calculation, however there is a lot of work which must be done before the actual build can begin. First of all the Planning Application process takes around 8 weeks to obtain a decision and then the Building Regulation plans application takes around 5 to 8 weeks. This does not include any drawing or design time and therefore you need to begin all of the necessary consents approximately 6 months prior to the commencement of works.


Blue Peter badges and new places to explore!

Posted on: May 28th, 2015

As a child I would have loved to receive a Blue Peter Badge, a childhood dream I did not realise. However, my children have both received them. One for designing and writing instructions for Christmas decoration craft ideas to be included in a programme and the other for writing a full half hour programme content […]


Walk to work week

Posted on: May 15th, 2015

This week 11th to 15th May, has been walk to work week. It is a week to encourage everyone to think a little more about their own health and try to do more physical activity, whilst also thinking about the environment and not using a vehicle or public transport.


5 Things to consider when you are planning a House Extension

Posted on: April 16th, 2015

Design of the space
Think about the spaces you require. Whether it is an extended kitchen, family room, garden room, bedroom or bathroom, each space has a very different inherent character its light, orientation, shape, etc.