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Newspapers often run features contrasting the houses architects design with the ones in which they themselves live. The Mail on Sunday was at it last weekend, but on this occasion there was no embarrassing disjunction between output and home life. David Parker liked the houses he was designing for Banner Homes in Beaconsfield so much that he bought one to live in. John Putman recently designed five period homes near Colchester, and you can see the connection with his own family's 250-year-old town house in Bungay, Suffolk. Best of all, Robert Adam is pictured outside the classical house which he designed himself 12 years ago, again with an obvious connection to the featured new Regency homes scheme in Weybridge.

'At least I'm not like those modernist architects who live in Regency terraces, ' he says disarmingly. Actually his 'classical' house is not too strict. It includes a state room!

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