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" Every breath we take as human beings damages the planet. "
" We are borrowing money from future generations. We are borrowing the carbon impact, the resource impact from future generations to get stuff cheap now. We have swept the dirt and dust from our society under the carpet - but this carpet is on other side of the planet. "
" I have a recurring nightmare that I wake up in a gutter with nothing. I've had it all my life. That's why I work, I think. "
" As a property developer, I learned a long time ago to choose your battles wisely and that, unfortunately, compromise is a given. "
" I don't want anything that I buy to have done any harm to anyone or anything. "
" I've had my fair share of colds, which last longer than they should and can cause wheezing, so I avoid people who are sneezing like the plague and am scrupulous about hygiene and hand-washing. "
" I'm driven by issues, not driven to be political. "
" I admire anyone that follows the road less travelled. "
" Self-builders are the adrenalin junkies of the DIY world; it's the equivalent of base-jumping off the top of the Gherkin to land in a paddling pool. "
" It's possible to be satisfied with a day's work or a cake, but a life... what is a life but a history of events badly remembered? "
" Because I live in the countryside, I want a building which encourages me to have a fully formed relationship with the environment. It gives me an opportunity to not just be inside or outside, but in a range of contexts. "
" I'm really quite conscious of clothes and the way they fit and don't regret wearing anything. Not even the five-inch stack heels I wore with three-button high-waisters at comprehensive school. Regret is for wimps. "
" I'm not too fond of really cool design. I've got quite kitsch taste really, in things like tableware. I'm quite a sucker for 1930s pressed glass. "
" I like the absurd and the surreal: the Coen brothers, Bunuel, Kubrick. "
" Building a house from scratch in the middle of a field is a bit like building a prototype car. As with all prototypes, if you're building a car you usually have the luxury of producing several prototypes before you arrive at the production line version - so the opportunity for changing things is quite rich. "
" I spend a frightening amount of money on books. "
" I've got lots of friends who are musicians, and there is a fair proportion of broken marriages and relationships as a result. You are on the move all the time. It's difficult if you have kids, and it's hard to make money unless you are in the premier league. "
" The more of your private life you put into the public domain, the smaller your private life becomes. "
" If you said to me, 'Lie down on that concrete floor and fall asleep,' I could do it. I can sleep anywhere at any time of day on any surface. "
" I was never a hugely successful theatre designer. I painted a lot of scenery and did the lighting, and my lighting business grew out of that. "
" Building design isn't trendy. "
" There's no reason for your imagination to be fettered by money. "
" I'm quite shy. Television presents an amplified version of yourself. When I'm on camera I'm pumping more adrenaline, I'm being a bit more engaging than I am in everyday conversation, but that's normal, isn't it? Otherwise nobody would want to watch. "
" One mustn't mistake bling for excellence, just as one mustn't mistake quiet for mediocre. "
" I hate negativity. I hate people who say the phrase 'I hate'. I really don't like the word 'hate.' Dislike, frightened of, terrified of, or yukky - but not 'hate.' "
" I'm terribly fastidious. I like symmetry and neatness, but my house is as chaotic as any other family's. "
" I'm terrified of being poor, I always have been. It's growing up as a Methodist. I'll spend that bit of extra money to get a better seat on a train sometimes, because it's quieter and calmer, but I refuse to spend money on clothes. "
" I don't look at what people do with their homes in terms of money, but the social and personal value of what they're trying to do and achieve. "
" Architecture was pretty much the sexiest thing to be doing from 1700-1800. "
" Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of 'stuff' but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty. "
" Building your own house is a primal urge, one of those universal genetic drives like the need to provide for your family. "