Living Design is a small NHBRC registered company owned by Wendy and Derry Holmes specialising in the creation of beautiful homes, typically from old and ordinary houses. While they also take on the building of new houses, Wendy’s passion lies in the transformation of houses from ordinary to spectacular, her main strength being her vision and ability to see potential in old buildings and to creatively convert them to suit her clients’ needs. She is also a very ‘hands on’ project manager thereby ensuring surprisingly short construction programmes but at the same time controlling quality and cost. Her husband Derry is a civil engineer who assists with the engineering and structural requirements of building – sometimes making sure the house remains standing after Wendy knocks the walls down! He also does project management consulting having managed numerous large projects such as water supply schemes, office buildings and industrial developments and road projects over the years. Wendy’s involvement doesn’t end with the completion of the building as she assists clients with selection of finishes and even with advice on soft finishes and gardens if required.