Upcycle Interiors Ltd
~ Architectural Renovations
Hi, my name is Mark; architecturally trained for 7 years, I now move between the drawing board, CAD station, drill, hammer and saw. I no longer confine my lifelong passion, refined style and creativity to sketches and drawings; I see projects through from conception to completion...
When I completed my Post Graduate Diploma at the height of the The Great Recession I turned my back on Architecture and joined a Stone Specialist (sub-contractor) design department. After 3 years I was promoted to Senior Design Manager, running the department of 8 to 14 people (and up to 85 sub-contractors). I learnt a lot about the construction industry from the other side of the table: how contractors get things done and their relationship with the Interior Designers and Architects.
Frustrated by the poor business sense and construction knowledge that some Interior Designers/Architects displayed, I was happy that my parallel career to Architecture allowed me to do something I was passionate about: creating spaces that people live in.
Having enjoyed Technology classes at school, producing full scale Architectural models during my education, and with a GNVQ and BTEC in Construction I have a sound knowledge of how materials can be put together and a good DIY skillbase. I began an ambitious personal project from which I have learned innumerable practical skills: a full renovation of a repossessed, neglected, one bedroom flat in South East London. For this project I was Interior Designer, Client, and Builder.
The challenge was to fully renovate the flat using as many upcycled materials as possible - all whilst living in it. Eventually spaces were redesigned and every surface was new; the achievements can be seen in a series of articles on the Boidus Website. I took a hands on approach, conducting all of the work myself (except specialist trades: plumbing, electrics and stone flooring). I tested my organisational skills – a key strength - and learnt important lessons about the sequence of construction, programming and organising finances, loans and mortgages.
Now I transfer my construction knowledge, carpentry skills and passion for design to property renovations. A seamless marriage of materials old & new, rough & smooth, brings my concepts to life. Expressing the raw form, story, and history of a building or material is important; I feel that a material should be respected for what it is.
You can read further information on MyBuilder and CheckaTrade.
My CV is on LinkedIn and Boidus.
Tel: 07971 461101