T A P E  D E S I G N

T A P E D E S I G N (@tapedesignuk)

Architect | Cumbria, UK & self-builders documenting our own grand design πŸ”¨

Website: http://www.tapedesign.co.uk/

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We're excited about this little rear extension beauty in our native Ulverston. 
It currently looks like this, but will eventually have a dark zinc clad roof and walls and large glass sliding doors either side of that corner support column. It will house the new kitchen / dining room and when knocked into the existing house will open up the living spaces to the garden 🌿 
#tapedesignuk #architect #archidaily #extension #architecture #zinc #riba #ribanorthwest #scandi #zinccladding #modernarchitecture #vernacular #project #buildingproject #construction #design #buildingsite #greenliving #timberframe #renovate #zinc #repurpose #restoration #smallbusiness #contemporary #modernhome #minimalism #portfolio #ulverston #lakedistrict #cumbria

We're excited about this little rear extension beauty in our native Ulverston. It currently looks like this, but will eventually have a dark zinc clad roof and walls and large glass sliding doors either side of that corner support column. It will house the new kitchen / dining room and when knocked into the existing house will open up the living spaces to the garden 🌿  #tapedesignuk  #architect  #archidaily  #extension  #architecture  #zinc  #riba  #ribanorthwest  #scandi  #zinccladding  #modernarchitecture  #vernacular  #project  #buildingproject  #construction  #design  #buildingsite  #greenliving  #timberframe  #renovate  #zinc  #repurpose  #restoration  #smallbusiness  #contemporary  #modernhome  #minimalism  #portfolio  #ulverston  #lakedistrict  #cumbria

Work isn't so bad on a Sunday when this view is the outcome! Taking pictures from the water to help with some concept ideas on a project in the heart of the Lakes 🌿🌿 #tapedesignarchitects #architect #conceptdesigns #sunday #greenliving #onthewater #doityourself #project #shadesofgreen #nature #woodland #smallbusiness #archidaily #architecturelovers #livingthedream #modernarchitecture #vistas #ribanorthwest #portfolio #workinprogress #riba #lakedistrict #thelakes #cumbria

Work isn't so bad on a Sunday when this view is the outcome! Taking pictures from the water to help with some concept ideas on a project in the heart of the Lakes 🌿🌿  #tapedesignarchitects  #architect  #conceptdesigns  #sunday  #greenliving  #onthewater  #doityourself  #project  #shadesofgreen  #nature  #woodland  #smallbusiness  #archidaily  #architecturelovers  #livingthedream  #modernarchitecture  #vistas  #ribanorthwest  #portfolio  #workinprogress  #riba  #lakedistrict  #thelakes  #cumbria

Being outside was the pretty much the primary reason for us moving back to the Lakes and setting up Tape; numero uno = fresh air. 
Yesterday we tried out some a free sailing lessons out at a local club in Morecambe (contact a group near you to find out if they do the same!) and found this Corten beauty wandering down the seafront. 
We haven't stopped off in Morecambe for years but will definitely be back. Fingers crossed the Eden Project plans progress as planned and bring some more focus into this beautiful part of the world. 
#tapedesignarchitects #architect @lancaster_city_council @edenprojectcornwall #edenproject #doityourself #freshair #selfemployed #develoment #flexibleworking #sailing #waterside #corten #sculpture #contour #staylocal #architecture #smallbusiness #onthewater #thelakes #thelakedistrict #seaside #ulverston #lakedistrict #morecambe #lancashire

Being outside was the pretty much the primary reason for us moving back to the Lakes and setting up Tape; numero uno = fresh air. Yesterday we tried out some a free sailing lessons out at a local club in Morecambe (contact a group near you to find out if they do the same!) and found this Corten beauty wandering down the seafront. We haven't stopped off in Morecambe for years but will definitely be back. Fingers crossed the Eden Project plans progress as planned and bring some more focus into this beautiful part of the world.  #tapedesignarchitects  #architect @lancaster_city_council @edenprojectcornwall  #edenproject  #doityourself  #freshair  #selfemployed  #develoment  #flexibleworking  #sailing  #waterside  #corten  #sculpture  #contour  #staylocal  #architecture  #smallbusiness  #onthewater  #thelakes  #thelakedistrict  #seaside  #ulverston  #lakedistrict  #morecambe  #lancashire

We get such a buzz from sourcing products for a build, whether it's our own or a client's. There are SO MANY out there for every single stage of a project, each claiming to be everything you've ever needed in a product. It's a minefield. But, the more research you do, the more time you spend on building sites, head scratching and staring at the specs, the more you learn and the better the results for the client. 
We get this buzz even after a long, hard week when you've finally moved onto looking at your own project and realise at 11pm on a Friday night you've both forgotten to buy a front door but the building is arriving in a few short weeks. Let another all nighter commence! (which will undoubtedly end with one of us saying "shall we just make it ourselves?!" Watch this space...) πŸ”‘

#tapedesignarchitect #architect #archidaily #newbuild #architecture #aluminium #riba #ribanorthwest #timbercladding #cladding #stonefacing #conservation #modernarchitecture #archilovers #planning #selfbuild #renovation #blackingmill #project #diy #buildingproject #construction #buildingsite #greenliving #ecohouse #rockface #workinprogress #ulverston #lakedistrict #cumbria image:Pinterest

We get such a buzz from sourcing products for a build, whether it's our own or a client's. There are SO MANY out there for every single stage of a project, each claiming to be everything you've ever needed in a product. It's a minefield. But, the more research you do, the more time you spend on building sites, head scratching and staring at the specs, the more you learn and the better the results for the client. We get this buzz even after a long, hard week when you've finally moved onto looking at your own project and realise at 11pm on a Friday night you've both forgotten to buy a front door but the building is arriving in a few short weeks. Let another all nighter commence! (which will undoubtedly end with one of us saying "shall we just make it ourselves?!" Watch this space...) πŸ”‘  #tapedesignarchitect  #architect  #archidaily  #newbuild  #architecture  #aluminium  #riba  #ribanorthwest  #timbercladding  #cladding  #stonefacing  #conservation  #modernarchitecture  #archilovers  #planning  #selfbuild  #renovation  #blackingmill  #project  #diy  #buildingproject  #construction  #buildingsite  #greenliving  #ecohouse  #rockface  #workinprogress  #ulverston  #lakedistrict  #cumbria image:Pinterest

Research days are all part of the fun of starting a project. Our self-build has gone waaay passed research stage but still we are drawn to mills wherever we find them. Then you realise you've turned into your parents πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ #architect #conversion #watermill #mill #sustainable #rebuild #restore #renovate #repurpose #selfbuild #renewablepower #greenarchitecture #stonebuilt #tapedesignuk #archidaily #architecture #ribanorthwest #vernacular #project #buildingproject #construction #design #greenliving #ecohouse #ulverston #lakedistrict #cumbria #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #doityourself #smallbusiness

Research days are all part of the fun of starting a project. Our self-build has gone waaay passed research stage but still we are drawn to mills wherever we find them. Then you realise you've turned into your parents πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ  #architect  #conversion  #watermill  #mill  #sustainable  #rebuild  #restore  #renovate  #repurpose  #selfbuild  #renewablepower  #greenarchitecture  #stonebuilt  #tapedesignuk  #archidaily  #architecture  #ribanorthwest  #vernacular  #project  #buildingproject  #construction  #design  #greenliving  #ecohouse  #ulverston  #lakedistrict  #cumbria  #teamworkmakesthedreamwork  #doityourself  #smallbusiness

It's all getting pretty serious on site at Tape HQ.

Without doubt the hardest part of this self-build has been making sure our clients projects come first, and everything we need to do fits in around that.

Scaffolding going up this weekend means it's the last time we'll see our building as a flat slab and outline shape, and the next time we properly see the floor it'll have walls and a roof over it!

Though this is the culmination of years of hard work and thought, a project like this means you are constantly flitting between the present and months ahead in the program to make sure the everything is smooth running. You are constantly reminding yourself that your overwhelming work load will lessen, the eczema flare ups and sleep talking / wandering will stop and eventually our schedules relax and be more manageable. Amongst all of this, you have to remember to E N J O Y all of the smaller pieces you've worked so hard to fit together.

I don't really think saying 'it's hard work' can really cover a self-build and self employment, but we are 100% certain that in the end it'll be worth all the agg!

#tapedesign #architect #selfbuild #architecture #timberframe #construction #selfemployed #projectmanagement #concrete #workinprogress #archidaily #newbuild #riba #ribanorthwest #timbercladding #cladding #conservation #modernarchitecture #vernacular #archilovers #planning #project #buildingproject #design #ihavethisthingwithfloors #ecohouse #workinprogress #portfolio #ulverston #lakedistrict #cumbria

It's all getting pretty serious on site at Tape HQ. Without doubt the hardest part of this self-build has been making sure our clients projects come first, and everything we need to do fits in around that. Scaffolding going up this weekend means it's the last time we'll see our building as a flat slab and outline shape, and the next time we properly see the floor it'll have walls and a roof over it! Though this is the culmination of years of hard work and thought, a project like this means you are constantly flitting between the present and months ahead in the program to make sure the everything is smooth running. You are constantly reminding yourself that your overwhelming work load will lessen, the eczema flare ups and sleep talking / wandering will stop and eventually our schedules relax and be more manageable. Amongst all of this, you have to remember to E N J O Y all of the smaller pieces you've worked so hard to fit together. I don't really think saying 'it's hard work' can really cover a self-build and self employment, but we are 100% certain that in the end it'll be worth all the agg!  #tapedesign  #architect  #selfbuild  #architecture  #timberframe  #construction  #selfemployed  #projectmanagement  #concrete  #workinprogress  #archidaily  #newbuild  #riba  #ribanorthwest  #timbercladding  #cladding  #conservation  #modernarchitecture  #vernacular  #archilovers  #planning  #project  #buildingproject  #design  #ihavethisthingwithfloors  #ecohouse  #workinprogress  #portfolio  #ulverston  #lakedistrict  #cumbria

Exciting on-site progress from one of our Kent's Bank projects this evening. This wrap-around rear and side, double storey bad boy is going to really change how our clients live in their house. We can't wait to see it come together (and look at that banking through the new bi-folds!)
#tapedesignarchitect #architect #archidaily #architecture #riba #ribanorthwest #workinprogress #wip #modernarchitecture #renovation #archilovers #extension #greenliving #project #home #skylights #timberframe #buildingproject #construction #bifolds #design #buildingsite #portfolio #kentsbank #ulverston #thelakes  #lakedistrict #cumbria

Exciting on-site progress from one of our Kent's Bank projects this evening. This wrap-around rear and side, double storey bad boy is going to really change how our clients live in their house. We can't wait to see it come together (and look at that banking through the new bi-folds!)  #tapedesignarchitect  #architect  #archidaily  #architecture  #riba  #ribanorthwest  #workinprogress  #wip  #modernarchitecture  #renovation  #archilovers  #extension  #greenliving  #project  #home  #skylights  #timberframe  #buildingproject  #construction  #bifolds  #design  #buildingsite  #portfolio  #kentsbank  #ulverston  #thelakes  #lakedistrict  #cumbria

"It is as expected, a breath of fresh air in the architecture of the Lake District". Beautiful though Windermere Jetty is, we wholeheartedly agree with the response our fellow local architect has written in response to @ribajournal "Many architects living and working there have breathed life and loads of fresh air into the Lake District. It is disappointing to read an article which has no recognition of local architects who have committed themselves to work in a careful and meaningful manner.  We have captured the essence of the LD, which has enabled LDNPA to work closely with us and we with them. A relationship that works and strengthens the architecture of the Lake District. Perhaps there is an opportunity for RIBA Journal to look to places like the Lakes more often and see the benefits of this co-operation?" Hear, hear!
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 #abreathoffreshair #tapedesignuk #architect #archidaily #newbuild #copper  #architecture #riba #boathouse #barn #ribanorthwest #black #metalcladding #conservation #windermere #museum #modernarchitecture #vernacular #archilovers #planning #project #buildingproject #construction #design #workinprogress #ulverston #lakedistrict #cumbria #lawsa 
#thelakes

"It is as expected, a breath of fresh air in the architecture of the Lake District". Beautiful though Windermere Jetty is, we wholeheartedly agree with the response our fellow local architect has written in response to @ribajournal "Many architects living and working there have breathed life and loads of fresh air into the Lake District. It is disappointing to read an article which has no recognition of local architects who have committed themselves to work in a careful and meaningful manner. We have captured the essence of the LD, which has enabled LDNPA to work closely with us and we with them. A relationship that works and strengthens the architecture of the Lake District. Perhaps there is an opportunity for RIBA Journal to look to places like the Lakes more often and see the benefits of this co-operation?" Hear, hear! .  #abreathoffreshair  #tapedesignuk  #architect  #archidaily  #newbuild  #copper  #architecture  #riba  #boathouse  #barn  #ribanorthwest  #black  #metalcladding  #conservation  #windermere  #museum  #modernarchitecture  #vernacular  #archilovers  #planning  #project  #buildingproject  #construction  #design  #workinprogress  #ulverston  #lakedistrict  #cumbria  #lawsa  #thelakes

Here's a lol for you this Friday morning! We were asked to take part in a campaign to get people into the Lakes and using the local transport instead of bringing in more cars, and this is the end result! For us this is pretty close to our hearts anyway and meant doing tourist stuff for a day, which we enjoyed and never get chance to do! For you that means if you head to GoLakes website you can get 50% off Northern Rail travel and come see us in sunny Ulverston! 
For full transparency, Rob was so cold on the Tarn Hows bit we were singing a song about fish fingers to take his mind of it. Also, hilariously, this is probably counted as an AD as we were paid, but it's guilt free because it was a Sunday and you lot know we spout about the greatness of the lakes everyday anyway 🌎  #theplacetobe #golakes #lakedistrict #thelakes #cumbria #paddleboarding #coniston #hawkshead #tarnhows #windermere #beatrixpotter #local #adventure #carfree @northernrailway @lakedistrictcumbria #architect #smallbusiness #selfemployed

Here's a lol for you this Friday morning! We were asked to take part in a campaign to get people into the Lakes and using the local transport instead of bringing in more cars, and this is the end result! For us this is pretty close to our hearts anyway and meant doing tourist stuff for a day, which we enjoyed and never get chance to do! For you that means if you head to GoLakes website you can get 50% off Northern Rail travel and come see us in sunny Ulverston! For full transparency, Rob was so cold on the Tarn Hows bit we were singing a song about fish fingers to take his mind of it. Also, hilariously, this is probably counted as an AD as we were paid, but it's guilt free because it was a Sunday and you lot know we spout about the greatness of the lakes everyday anyway 🌎  #theplacetobe  #golakes  #lakedistrict  #thelakes  #cumbria  #paddleboarding  #coniston  #hawkshead  #tarnhows  #windermere  #beatrixpotter  #local  #adventure  #carfree @northernrailway @lakedistrictcumbria  #architect  #smallbusiness  #selfemployed

Jeanne Gang of @studiogang has been named in Time magazine as the world's most influential architect in 2019. Bloody HURRAH for the girls! Amongst other incredible achievements, she's building a 348 storey tower in Chicago (set to be the tallest ever designed by a woman) and has closed the gender pay gap at her firm. Check out one of our faves of hers, the Chicago Boathouse which helps filter the cities polluted river water. That external cladding is just πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ‘ŒπŸΏ (pics by @dezeen)  #womeninarchitecture #architect #archidaily #architecture #chicago #waterside #genderpaygap #inspiration #ecobuild #communityproject #designedby  #tapedesign #zinc #riba #cladding #ribanorthwest #modernarchitecture #archilovers #buildingproject #construction #design #boathouse #rowing #greenliving #ecohouse #portfolio #ulverston #lakedistrict #cumbria

Jeanne Gang of @studiogang has been named in Time magazine as the world's most influential architect in 2019. Bloody HURRAH for the girls! Amongst other incredible achievements, she's building a 348 storey tower in Chicago (set to be the tallest ever designed by a woman) and has closed the gender pay gap at her firm. Check out one of our faves of hers, the Chicago Boathouse which helps filter the cities polluted river water. That external cladding is just πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸ½πŸ‘ŒπŸΏ (pics by @dezeen)  #womeninarchitecture  #architect  #archidaily  #architecture  #chicago  #waterside  #genderpaygap  #inspiration  #ecobuild  #communityproject  #designedby  #tapedesign  #zinc  #riba  #cladding  #ribanorthwest  #modernarchitecture  #archilovers  #buildingproject  #construction  #design  #boathouse  #rowing  #greenliving  #ecohouse  #portfolio  #ulverston  #lakedistrict  #cumbria

Everyday inspiration coming from @themodernhouse this morning. Exposed steel like this beauty needs coating in a special intumescent paint to protect from fire as, like most things in a fire, steel gets hot! The paint effectively swells up and protects the material underneath it, which can be pretty crucial if it's holding up your house! Like most things in building, the paint is expensive (and really hard to apply) so you choose a colour and stick with it! Our Pinterest board has seen us collecting some amazing dark greens and rusts, but this is swaying me towards a wonderful concrete grey. What do you think?! #tapedesignuk #architect #themodernhouse #exposedsteelframe #archidaily #newbuild #architecture #interiors #riba #ribanorthwest #timberframe #concrete #industrial #scandinaviandesign #modernarchitecture #archilovers #selfbuild #project #buildingproject #construction #design #buildingsite #greenliving #shadesofgrey #chelsea #thelakes #lakedistrict #cumbria

Everyday inspiration coming from @themodernhouse this morning. Exposed steel like this beauty needs coating in a special intumescent paint to protect from fire as, like most things in a fire, steel gets hot! The paint effectively swells up and protects the material underneath it, which can be pretty crucial if it's holding up your house! Like most things in building, the paint is expensive (and really hard to apply) so you choose a colour and stick with it! Our Pinterest board has seen us collecting some amazing dark greens and rusts, but this is swaying me towards a wonderful concrete grey. What do you think?!  #tapedesignuk  #architect  #themodernhouse  #exposedsteelframe  #archidaily  #newbuild  #architecture  #interiors  #riba  #ribanorthwest  #timberframe  #concrete  #industrial  #scandinaviandesign  #modernarchitecture  #archilovers  #selfbuild  #project  #buildingproject  #construction  #design  #buildingsite  #greenliving  #shadesofgrey  #chelsea  #thelakes  #lakedistrict  #cumbria

This walk to the office is a constant driving factor of self employment for us. Sea to the front, mountains to the back. It's grim up north. 
#tapedesign #architects #selfemployed #walktowork #itsgrimupnorth #workinprogress  #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #livingthedream #lakeslife #thelakes #lakedistrict #ulverston #cumbria

This walk to the office is a constant driving factor of self employment for us. Sea to the front, mountains to the back. It's grim up north.  #tapedesign  #architects  #selfemployed  #walktowork  #itsgrimupnorth  #workinprogress  #teamworkmakesthedreamwork  #livingthedream  #lakeslife  #thelakes  #lakedistrict  #ulverston  #cumbria

It might not look like much, but by the end of the week this pile of concrete beams (and 24 tonnes of block) will have been lifted into situ and we will finally have a floor. The toll on our sleep pattern has been immeasurable, but we've bloody done it. We know it's only Monday, but we might need to cash in the Friday beers a little early this week, it's gonna be a long one! #selfbuild #tapedesignuk #architect #archidaily #newbuild #architecture #concrete #riba #ribanorthwest #timbercladding #cladding #stonefacing #conservation #modernarchitecture #vernacular #archilovers #planning #project #buildingproject #construction #design #buildingsite #greenliving #ecohouse #workinprogress #portfolio #ulverston #lakedistrict #cumbria

It might not look like much, but by the end of the week this pile of concrete beams (and 24 tonnes of block) will have been lifted into situ and we will finally have a floor. The toll on our sleep pattern has been immeasurable, but we've bloody done it. We know it's only Monday, but we might need to cash in the Friday beers a little early this week, it's gonna be a long one!  #selfbuild  #tapedesignuk  #architect  #archidaily  #newbuild  #architecture  #concrete  #riba  #ribanorthwest  #timbercladding  #cladding  #stonefacing  #conservation  #modernarchitecture  #vernacular  #archilovers  #planning  #project  #buildingproject  #construction  #design  #buildingsite  #greenliving  #ecohouse  #workinprogress  #portfolio  #ulverston  #lakedistrict  #cumbria

On Wednesday nights we angle-grind. Prepping for tomorrow: the final foundations on our house are going IN! Only 18m3+ of concrete standing between now and then... wish us luck! #selfbuild #architect #tapedesign #architecture #teamworkmakesthedreamwork #livingthedream #selfbuild #renovation #renovate #repurpose #restore #doityourself #building #smallbusiness #andlegrind #contemporary #modernhome #archidaily #stonefacing #conservation #modernarchitecture #selfbuild #project #buildingproject #construction #workinprogress #thelakes #ulverston #cumbria

On Wednesday nights we angle-grind. Prepping for tomorrow: the final foundations on our house are going IN! Only 18m3+ of concrete standing between now and then... wish us luck!  #selfbuild  #architect  #tapedesign  #architecture  #teamworkmakesthedreamwork  #livingthedream  #selfbuild  #renovation  #renovate  #repurpose  #restore  #doityourself  #building  #smallbusiness  #andlegrind  #contemporary  #modernhome  #archidaily  #stonefacing  #conservation  #modernarchitecture  #selfbuild  #project  #buildingproject  #construction  #workinprogress  #thelakes  #ulverston  #cumbria

I watched this Peat House gable being rebuilt in a boiling hot summer as a teenager, under strict instructions from the rents to provide brews, butties and cool water to the workforce. It was their way of teaching, in a small way, how a building site and business should be run; a happy workforce makes good work! I hope that contributed in part to the top workmanship in this wall; a lot of bacon sandwiches went into its production! 
#tapedesignuk #architect #archidaily #restoration #architecture #rebuild #listedbuilding #riba #ribanorthwest #stonework #woodburner #stonefacing #conservation #vernacular #archilovers #project #buildingproject #cumbria #happyworkers #construction #design #nationalpark #buildingsite #ecohouse #portfolio #lakedistrict

I watched this Peat House gable being rebuilt in a boiling hot summer as a teenager, under strict instructions from the rents to provide brews, butties and cool water to the workforce. It was their way of teaching, in a small way, how a building site and business should be run; a happy workforce makes good work! I hope that contributed in part to the top workmanship in this wall; a lot of bacon sandwiches went into its production!  #tapedesignuk  #architect  #archidaily  #restoration  #architecture  #rebuild  #listedbuilding  #riba  #ribanorthwest  #stonework  #woodburner  #stonefacing  #conservation  #vernacular  #archilovers  #project  #buildingproject  #cumbria  #happyworkers  #construction  #design  #nationalpark  #buildingsite  #ecohouse  #portfolio  #lakedistrict

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