Roger Hunt studied stage management at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then worked in film, television and photography. Loving history, and having been intrigued by building techniques and materials since childhood, he started writing about buildings. He is now an award-winning writer specialising in sustainability, old houses, housebuilding and traditional and modern building materials and construction.
Roger is the co-author of the bestselling Old House Handbook and the companion volume Old House Eco Handbook, both are now in their second edition. He is also co-author of New Design for Old Buildings from RIBA Publishing. All three books are published 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; Villages of England; 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 edited the SPAB Briefings, a series which offers a summary of recent work by the Society with cutting-edge information to help both owners and building professionals. Titles include Energy Efficiency in Old Buildings, Windows & Doors, Lime and Disaster & Recovery.
His work has appeared in numerous publications including The Daily Telegraph, Period Living, House & Garden, Grand Designs, Homebuilding & Renovating, Real Homes, Listed Heritage and Show House, a title aimed at the housebuilding industry. For many years, he was a judge of the What House? Awards for new housing.
Roger lectures regularly on retrofitting and repairing old buildings with audiences that span homeowners and building professionals. A long-time member of the SPAB, he sits on its Advocacy Committee and helped lead the Society's 125th anniversary year programme.
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.
Roger's interests include landscaping gardens and renovating houses. He owns a consignment shop that helps people generate value from high-quality household items that they no longer need or want and is a director of a fitness company helping older adults enjoy healthier, happier ageing.