“Most architects cut their teeth on something small and it works in a way to give them confidence and tackle something small without being too overcome by complexity and scale of the bigger project,” says Bridgland. That eagerness is also a boon to clients. “If you’re hungry and talented you’ll work hard and make sure you squeeze every ounce of opportunity out of that small budget.
“Building small is a fraction of the cost,” he adds. “Therefore you’ll spend 20 years less of your life working to pay it off, degrading your quality of life to pay for something you probably don’t need.
“It’s not saying that design is the solution to all our problems,” says Bridgland. “But designing high quality, efficient houses should offer you the delight and functionality of a house two or three times the size.”