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.
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!