Hi, I’m Deirdre… a house whisperer, dreamer and eternal optimist. For more than 10 years I’ve been transforming old and unloved houses into great homes…on site and in the dirt. 

Deirdre on site, with headphones

In my other life doing painting prep…aka sanding…with noise cancelling, music playing headphones

These days I’m a woman in work boots, but it wasn’t always that way. After university I joined the corporate world as a (then) rare woman in the world of corporate strategy and investment finance.

After stepping out to raise my sons and relocate (a few times) for my husband’s career, I followed my curiosity into neuropsychology, happily settling into a second career in science…

That was until life decided to mix things up a bit… and out of nowhere I was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer  When I realised nothing would ever be the same again I took a deep breath and began to rewrite my story…with absolutely no idea what would come next

What came along was an amazing new career with my lifelong passion for houses. I had a ‘toolbox’ ready and waiting to go: a memory full of the plans and construction techniques I’d learned over the years as well as a great instinct for space and function. So I got to work redesigning and reconstructing defeated houses – changing them into fabulous renewed homes.

When I started as a rank amateur and there was only one way to learn…the hard way. That’s why I’ve founded Knight Designs, so I can share what I’ve learned along the way so you can start with a good idea of what’s really involved in the renovation process.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s no magic solution that makes a tough job easy and you’ll need to keep learning and adapting as you go through your project, but I can help you start out with the foundation you need to make your house into a home that’s just the way you want it! 

So Pull On Your Work Boots
Buy Yourself A Hard Hat
…and Let’s Get It Done!