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Lucy Marston - Long Farm

Owner-architect Lucy Marston: “I’m very mindful that any building I design will be created by someone else’s hands – it’s a collaborative process in which top quality craftsmanship is key. There has to be a synergy there to make things happen.

It might seem strange, but my confidence to consider doing a new house only came when local building contractor, Robert Norman, undertook the barn conversions and proved that building projects could be enjoyable after all!

Taking a career break to have a family, yet looking to keep my hand in with my own project, I needed an accommodating builder who I could trust to deliver on the detail and be transparent in his pricing, someone reliable and organised who would simply get on with the job when I found my hands full of family matters.

I had watched Robert get the very best out of his team of superb Suffolk craftsmen in our historic barn renovations and our neighbours’ award-winning innovative new build, Bavent House. I understood his team’s diverse skills set and knew that if my ideas would mould to suit, the project would be a real success, so the drawing board beckoned...

The Grand Design House of the Year is a real tribute to us all, to Robert Norman Construction and their superb Suffolk craftsmen and our structural and landscape designers. The regional craftsmanship award for Class A New Build 2013 is superb recognition for the dedicated care and attention which the build team put in to every aspect of their work. ”

Long Farm 2013

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