Moon designs and Moon builds.
More specifically, we design and build new homes, refurbishments, extensions and commercial projects.
Traditionally, the relationship between architect and builder has been mutually exclusive. The architect a name on the builder's plans; the builder a name in the architect's email. But this never made sense to us.
We bridge the gap.
From the project manager to the carpenter, we are a collection of people who share a passion of building beautiful things - a physical space that goes beyond bricks and mortar. And it's this unique relationship that allows us to create your home.
Moon was born out of a friendship.
Tony and I met working for a property business in London. I was Head of Property Acquisitions; Tony was the Construction Manager. It was a great place to work: the fridge was fully stocked and there was a serious coffee machine.
But things changed. The business got taken over by an American company. And it wasn't long before the middle management speak took over too. It was time for us to leave.
With a shared interest in architecture and making furniture, Tony and I had both successfully refurbished homes in London. We weren't afraid of experimenting, pushing boundaries. This was our passion.
So we took the plunge. We arrived in Bristol in 2002. Although I'd grown up here, we didn't know a soul. We made some flyers and went door-to-door. The phone didn't ring. We made more and tried again.
Finally, a call - a couple wanted a new kitchen. Local builders had repeatedly told them that the kitchen couldn't be moved…so we moved it.
Designed and built from scratch in the confines of a small workshop in Clevedon Craft Centre, we successfully completed our first project. We thought it was beautiful, but more importantly, so did the couple. We had our first taste of giving a client the home they had hoped for.
Over 150 projects later, our ethos of designing and building homes that make our clients happy remains. We hope to leave a legacy of great homes that people will love to live in for years to come, including ourselves. Moon recently moved into our new home, a truly inspiring place to work.
We now have a serious coffee machine.
MOON IS MADE OF
Architects, technicians, project managers, builders, all-rounders – a collection of people who live and breathe designing and building. But we share more than this. We all have the same sneaking suspicion that builders usually disappoint people. The process is arduous; the client has to fight every step of the way for what they want.
It doesn't need to be this way. Building and making things should be inspiring and enjoyable – from the first discussion to the last brush stroke. Here's how we believe it can be achieved.
DESIGN AS IT SHOULD BE
For us, design goes far beyond how something looks. It's how it's built and how it works – function and form. You need to consider the whole picture to create something great. Something that makes you proud and still works brilliantly years down the line.
THE LOST ART OF BUILDING
The designs are only as good as the man banging in the nails. Or, as we like to call them, the craftsmen. We might draw something beautiful on paper, but without a good team of people to realise it, that's all it will ever be. But more than this, we believe these should be people you'll welcome into your home. Dare we say it: you might even like having them around.
WORKING AS ONE
Designers and builders working together. It might not sound radical but, in industry terms, it is. And the results are telling. The process runs smoother, the design is more considered, the difficult becomes more achievable. Better on every level.
OUR UNISON IS OUR APPROACH
We're not the first to use the expression 'design and build'. Many firms claim to offer a design and build service. More often than not, they have simply partnered with a separate design business It's a marriage of convenience.
We do it properly. A building firm with architects working in-house. An architectural practice with its own building team. Either way, we work together out of a shared belief in what we do. Not out of convenience. Not for appearance.
The journey always starts with you. It's your project, your vision. So, before we can start any design work, we make damn sure we know what you have in mind. You become a fundamental part of the design process, with access to everyone involved. In other words, you'll be part of the team. Just without the late nights.
THE WHOLE SHEBANG
We build what we design. This means we need to know it will work. If the design is flawed or something isn't possible, we have to blame ourselves. No pointing the finger while the project grinds to a halt. If there's a problem, we resolve it. Sharpish.
LIVE IN A DREAM WORLD
We like designing things that get built. We're not interested in beautiful buildings that only exist on paper. That's not to say we're afraid of pushing boundaries. It just means we'll do everything possible, call on every person and every area of our expertise, to make your dream space a reality.
MAKING COSTS COUNT
We'll use your money wisely, treating it as if it were our own. We know when to compromise, when to cut costs and when to spend. We'll make sure you get the home you want for what you want.
Because it's just us, we close all the gaps. There's no potential miscommunication, misrepresentation or getting buried under a mountain of emails. A quick chat while making coffee or an in-depth conversation in the boardroom – constant communication
ON THE 'B' OF 'BANG'
From the off, we're ready to go. And once the build has started you'll find the process smooth. Our working drawings detail all your wants and wishes. This means our build team can get on with their work of making it all happen, with no daily meetings to decide where the light switches should go. Any issues – and there are always one or two – are quickly sorted out and we're off again.
Budget. One small word that generates a lot of conversation.
For us, agreeing a budget comes down to what you consider good value. It's putting a price on design, craftsmanship, time and stress levels.
Building an extension that has little design quality, uses poor materials and does not answer the brief is not good value – it's cheap. Building an extension that's considered and crafted may cost more, but it will also last longer, feel better and satisfy the brief.
Moon always raises the issue of budget early in proceedings. We'll consider your project in detail, making sure what you want is achievable. We'll then offer you solutions that fit your spend. We won't pluck a figure out of the air and we won't give you false expectations.
We can't guarantee working with us will be cheaper than using the local builder in the rusty van. But we can guarantee it will be painstakingly designed, beautifully built and you'll enjoy the journey.
That's what we consider good value.