Roderick James Architects strives to have happy clients and we are very fortunate to work for enlightened, brave and adventurous people who are willing to embark on the self-build journey. We are always pleased to receive news back from our clients and how their new building has changed their lives.


‘We thoroughly enjoyed working with RJA (Mike Hope and Sarah Leach) from concept to completion of our renovation project. Mike's sensitivity to the area's heritage and diplomacy with the conservation officer meant that we obtained planning consent with relative ease. The regular meetings with everyone on site were invaluable allowing us to contribute our ideas and watch our home evolve. Sarah's attention to detail for the interior has resulted in a house that is both a joy to live in and very practical.’

Alison & Robert Coombs


‘The cottage is proving a delight to live in. Thank you again for your inspired input…’

Mr & Mrs N.


‘It was our pleasure to share a lunch with you and your team without whom our lovely house would not have seen the light of day. The team were so enthusiastic and it was wonderful to see a group of professionals who love their work. After seeing some of the Grand Designs fiascos where the architects pushed the clients beyond their comfort zone, we were so reassured to find somebody who took our basic ideas, built on them, improved them but most importantly enabled them to happen.’

Christopher & Elizabeth Hall


‘...once nervous first-time self-builders, we are now thrilled with the beautiful home crafted for us by the joint talents of Carpenter Oak and Roderick James Architects. As with any build, our project was not without its challenges but these were always tackled in such a thoroughly professional yet friendly way that, once underway, we never doubted the resulting house would be as spectacular as it has turned out to be’

Claire Laing


‘We love living in The Croft House. It’s very warm and cosy and costs hardly anything to heat. The design is beautiful with plenty of natural light which we love’

Jim Manthorpe


‘You have designed a house which is just right for us and have made many helpful suggestions which we may not have considered originally. We are delighted with the house’

Freda & John Beston


‘...an inspiring visit from the completely wonderful Roderick James Architects last week. So lucky to be working with brilliant, dedicated geniuses. And living in the product of that.’

Vickie Ward


‘..from the moment I stepped off the busy Glasgow street into the oak beamed spaciousness of the RJA offices I knew I’d made the right decision. We have just received full planning permission for our project. Peter has been incredibly meticulous throughout, not least in keeping me aware of potential costs before they arise. Thank you so very much Peter, Nicky and all at RJA.’

Catherine Mooney