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 […]


Birthday cake

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 […]


Physiotherapy clinic

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.


Looking at your home through new eyes

Posted on: January 27th, 2015

For many home owners, in January, after the Christmas and New Year period is a time of reflection about their own home. Many people struggle to sit everyone down at the table on Christmas day, they wish they had a slightly larger kitchen for cooking the Christmas meal, they would love a space for family and friends to stay without needing them to sleep on the floor in the Lounge, open plan living accommodation would be perfect for a New Year’s Eve party. The children will be even bigger by next Christmas and they and their toys will take more space! The list goes on and on, if only the walls were on elastic and could stretch!


Gingerbread House

Make your own Gingerbread house

Posted on: December 1st, 2014

As today is the first of December some of my thoughts turn to Christmas.Over the past few years I have enjoyed making gingerbread houses with the family as part of our Christmas edible goodies. The materials are very different to my day job but the process is very similar!


World Toilet Day 19th November

Posted on: November 19th, 2014

Did you know today is World toilet day? Living in the UK we almost cannot imagine living without a toilet and proper sanitation. Indeed I work on many properties where there are several toilets, shower rooms and bathrooms. we are so fortunate to live the way we do and too often take it for granted.


Lynsey Rollins interview with Jayne Graham

Posted on: November 7th, 2014

I have been interviewed by Jayne Graham (founder of Colleagues on tap) this month and am featured on her blog. You can read more about my work and what I do here. The interview will give you an insight into what I do and how I endeavour to work as an Architect.


In these dark months… thoughts about light.

Posted on: November 7th, 2014

On a bright and sunny day, do you feel noticeably happy, is there a lightness in your step and all is well with the world? Does your energy level tend to plummet on dark days? If you said yes, you are not alone. Researchers have long suggested that lighting plays a key factor in determining our mood.


Durham Cathedral a favourite place to be!

Posted on: October 23rd, 2014

I live and work in the North East of England and in my humble opinion one of the most wonderful places to live. My favourite city in the North East is Durham. I am particularly fond of the Cathedral, Castle and palace green area.