Roger studied stage management at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and worked in film, television and photography. Having been intrigued by building techniques and materials since childhood, he then started writing about buildings and their construction.
His work has appeared in numerous publications including Period Living, House & Garden, Grand Designs, Homebuilding & Renovating and Real Homes. He is sustainability correspondent for Show House, a title aimed at the housebuilding industry.
Roger is the co-author, with Marianne Suhr, of Old House Handbook and the companion volume Old House Eco Handbook, both published by Frances Lincoln in association with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). He is the author of Rural Britain: Then and Now, a celebration of the British countryside featuring photographs from The Francis Frith Collection (Cassell Illustrated), Villages of England (Harper Collins) and Hidden Depths, an archaeological exploration of Surrey’s past. He also contributed a chapter to the Reader’s Digest book The Story of Where you Live and wrote Hamptons International’s millennium book The House 1000-2000. He is currently writing a book on new design for old buildings to be published by the RIBA in association with the SPAB.
Roger has edited three SPAB Briefings – Energy efficiency in old buildings, Lime, Windows & doors – which are available for free download.
He was named Sustainable Property Journalist of the Year at the LSL Property Press Awards in both 2013 and 2014 and B2B Property Journalist of the Year at the Headline Property Awards 2008. His huntwriter.com blog won Best Blog and Best Eco Home Blog at the PrimeLocation.com Blog Awards 2011.
He regularly lectures and speaks at shows and events, including the National Homebuilding & Renovating Show, Ecobuild, Grand Designs Live, the National Home Improvement Show and for the UK Green Building Council, CITB Construction Skills Northern Ireland and SPAB for whom he leads courses. He frequently provides expert comment for the media.
Roger is interested in landscaping gardens and renovating houses. His latest renovation project is a 1900 house which is available for holiday rental in the summer, on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, USA.