Hi! I’m Martin Durham and I’m the publisher of the ReallyCleverHomes website. This page will tell you a little bit about me.
Me & home improvement
I’ve been working on my own home improvement projects (and those of clients) for over 30 years.
I quite enjoy DIY, provided I have (and can then find) the right tools and materials. In an ideal world I would absolutely love the satisfaction of completing a job and knowing I’d done it as well as it could be done. Unfortunately it seems I don’t live in an ideal world. I live in a world where there are always more jobs to be done than there is time or money available, so sometimes things either get left unfinished or are finished to the ‘it’ll have to do for now’ standard.
For reasons I cannot explain I seem to get a certain satisfaction from demolition, building, electrical wiring and plumbing. I am particularly interested in how advances in technology have the capacity to affect our homes but am very cautious of the widespread tendency to adopt technology for its own sake or to succumb to ‘shiny new object’ syndrome. I don’t mind tiling, joinery, filling and painting. I do not have the patience or the ability to do plastering!
Me & information
The provision and analysis of information in order to make better decisions is a theme that has run throughout my life – from my earliest student days – through becoming a partner in a satellite communications business, a management consultant and a university lecturer in information management – to ending up as a website publisher.
Me & this website
I launched the original ReallyCleverHomes website in 2003 and, whilst the intention was that it would have a much broader focus, it quickly became a moderately successful online retail site with a reputation for specialising in home entertainment, home automation and home control. For reasons I won’t bore you with here, I closed the retail business in 2016 and relaunched the website as an information site which, in many ways, is much closer to what I originally intended.