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" 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. "
" When I left university, I idled around without focus for much too long. "
" The more of your private life you put into the public domain, the smaller your private life becomes. "
" As a property developer, I learned a long time ago to choose your battles wisely and that, unfortunately, compromise is a given. "
" One mustn't mistake bling for excellence, just as one mustn't mistake quiet for mediocre. "
" I admire anyone that follows the road less travelled. "
" Building your own home is about desire, fantasy. But it's achievable; anyone can do it. "
" I don't want anything that I buy to have done any harm to anyone or anything. "
" 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. "
" Luckily I have never missed a day's filming or work due to asthma. "
" I don't know whether other asthma sufferers find this, but I've noticed that even when I've got my asthma under control, I often develop another problem such as an ear, chest or sinus infection and sometimes even joint pains. "
" I've got a farm in Somerset, and I think it's God's own country. I love it. "
" 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.' "
" Architecture was pretty much the sexiest thing to be doing from 1700-1800. "
" I've forgiven all my enemies - even those who have stolen money from me. "
" There's no reason for your imagination to be fettered by money. "
" What happened in 2008 stopped people in their tracks. People stopped looking at their homes simply as commodities to exploit and starting thinking about how they might personalise that space and make them less bland and more autobiographical, and that's healthy, I think. "
" 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'm terribly fastidious. I like symmetry and neatness, but my house is as chaotic as any other family's. "
" 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. "
" I like the absurd and the surreal: the Coen brothers, Bunuel, Kubrick. "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" My father, an engineer, was the gentlest man I knew. "
" 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? "
" Building your own house is a primal urge, one of those universal genetic drives like the need to provide for your family. "
" Your home should be about enriching the daily experience. "
" I spend a frightening amount of money on books. "
" 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 don't enjoy living in a white box flooded with light. I like shadows, small spaces, old furniture. "
" 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. "