About Martin Durham

Martin Durham

I am the publisher of the ReallyCleverHomes website. This page will tell you about my background.

In 2003 Helen (my wife) and I had not long since bought a house and were looking at ways to make it ‘better’ – by which I think we meant ‘smarter’ and/or ‘greener’ (though they were not commonplace words at the time).

Based on the experience we gained from those early home improvement efforts, I (probably rather foolishly) quit my (safe!) job as a university lecturer and set up the first ReallyCleverHomes website to try to sell the products we were identifying and buying for our own home. That was before online retail businesses were really ‘a thing’.

The website quickly took on a life of its own and became quite successful, selling products for which there was a clear demand (mainly those related to home automation and home entertainment).

For a whole host of reasons I took the decision to close the ReallyCleverHomes retail business in 2016 (in an ethical and orderly fashion) and focused on helping other businesses sell their products online.

In 2019 I started the process of creating an entirely new ReallyCleverHomes website dedicated to:

  • providing useful information & advice to anyone who is interested in making their home:
    • cheaper to run
    • easier to maintain
    • more controllable
    • safer & more secure
    • more eco-friendly
    • more resilient
    • a healthier place in which to live

These all of which are things that I (still) want for my own home!

The new ReallyCleverHomes website is still very much work-in-progress, but if you’re interested in following and/or supporting its development, please sign up to my newsletter.