Lydia is the creative director of an award winning, innovative architecture practice based in the South West, inspired by the unique context of each project she enjoys creating thoughtful, site-specific designs and developments that enhance the urban or rural environment. This approach has been recognised by the Miner’s Cottages winning the award for 'Best Renovation' in the 2016 Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. Young, enthusiastic and personable Lydia feels able to rise to any challenge and likes getting her teeth into tricky architectural issues in a variety of building types. Lydia helps clients, both commercial and residential, unlock potential in their projects by carefully listening to their requirements and is always interested in collaborating with private clients and other developers on projects large or small.


Loft conversions, Kitchens, Sustainable design, Joinery design, Extensions, Planning applications, Re-planning / Internal alterations, New builds

We cannot recommend working with Design Storey highly enough. We contacted them with a very high level brief that we wanted to improve our kitchen layout, increasing the views and light to the garden. Design storey came out to take a look, and we knew very quickly we wanted to work with them. They understood exactly what we wanted to improve and had lots of ideas on how to do that. We loved the designs. All through the process Design Storey provided us with options on design, yet gave us clear views on what they thought. This was so helpful, as we really valued their experience and expertise. Design Storey put significant effort in to ensuring that a detailed design was locked down. This investment of time up front set us up for smooth delivery of the project. Design Storey ran a thorough tender process to ensure we were able to source a high quality contractor. They then remained closely involved in the project throughout, with regular site visits and ongoing regular communication with ourselves and our contractor. They made everything very low stress for us, and had an amazing eye for quality and detail throughout. We absolutely love the end result. We highly recommend Design Storey.
Private Client, Contemporary Extension, South Gloucestershire
Delighted with the service offered by Lydia and Lawrence. They envisaged exactly what we were trying to achieve in the first meeting making all subsequent planning sessions easy and exciting. They are thorough, prompt and keep the project moving forward even more than we do as their clients! It’s the perfect service. They have connected us with other excellent professionals, all of whom have, independently, helped with the project and saved us time by being so reliable and efficient. I would recommend to anybody taking on a self build / house design project in a heartbeat.
Private Client, Listed building, The Cotswolds
Lydia and Lawrence have been positive, responsive, professional and personable throughout the design and planning phase of our project. They have listened to us carefully and been really proactive, keeping things moving forward at a good pace. We have enjoyed working with them and we are really pleased with the plans they have put together for us.
Private Client, Addition and Refurbishment of a Timber-framed Farmhouse, Warwickshire


Level of experience

5+ years experience

Registered architect



Oxford, South East

Distance preference

50 miles

Company type:


Preferred project Budget

£400,000 - £500,000+