Meet the Team – Cat

For our highly creative Sales and Design Manager, Cat Nitch-Smith, nothing is more rewarding than helping our customers design something they’ve been dreaming of for years…

Can you tell us how you came to join Plankbridge?

After attending KLC School of Design in London in my mid-20s I got a job as a furniture designer for an independent company based on Lots Road, where I worked on a number of high-end residential and commercial projects. From there I went travelling and lived in New Zealand for a while before moving back to the UK to work for Anthropologie in Cheltenham, doing their window displays. One day I messaged Richard on LinkedIn to ask if he was considering hiring another designer, and that’s how I ended up joining Plankbridge. I moved down to Dorset with my then-boyfriend, now-husband, and took up the job of Creative Designer. That was in November 2020, and I’ve been with the team ever since, although now my role has evolved into Sales and Design Manager.

You’ve recently returned from maternity leave. How does it feel to be back?

Really exciting! It’s such an amazing team and a really lovely place to work. Unlike so many other companies, we don’t stick to the standard stuff – we always try to innovate. And I also love that, for me, no one day is ever the same. My role covers everything from nurturing the customer through the initial stages and design consultation to handing over to the workshop to start making the hut. And because I’m on the design side I am able to build a relationship with the customer. I’m designing something they’ve been dreaming of for years. It’s great to be involved in something that is so important to them.

Do you have a favourite hut?

I feel very attached to the very first hut I ever worked on: the Heron at Farmstead Glamping in Dorset. It was the first mezzanine hut we ever did, and I worked really closely with the owner Hannah on the design.

The Heron at Farmstead Glamping – Interior showing mezzanine
View from the mezzanine

I also enjoyed working closely with Cat at Aller Dorset. She was a really fun person to design with because she was keen to push the boundaries with colour, fabric and detail in her huts.

Aller Dorset Custom Made hut

What are your favourite shades from the Plankbridge colour chart?

I love Oak Apple and Spindleberry and would love to see more of them coming through in the workshop, as well as the unusual details like the pitched roofs, the innovative design of the Hut House and the single pitch monoroofs that Elmley Nature Reserve are having for their ninth and tenth huts.  

If I could own any Plankbridge hut…

….I’d choose THE PIG-at Home Wagon. The reclaimed barn cladding is unique to every hut and all the fixtures and fittings are really top-of-the-range. It feels like a beautiful woodland sanctuary – a complete escape from everyday life. If I were able to fit out my own house half as nicely as we have fitted out THE PIG- at Home Wagon I’d never want to come out. I’d lie in the king-size bed and only leave to use the outdoor shower!

THE PIG – at Home Wagon

– To meet more of our talented team, head over to our blog page here

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