Who hasn't fantasised about commissioning a knight of the drawing board to conjure a contemporary masterpiece for their roof and four walls?
If money were no object, the likes of Richard Rogers and Norman Foster would almost certainly thrill to the thought of an icon to rival Philip Johnson's Glass House or Mies van der Rohe's Farnsworth House.
But before you reach for the telephone, be aware that commissioning an architect can be fraught with problems. 'We haven't done a private commission for years,' shrugs Robert Torday, spokesman at Lord Rogers' offices, 'maybe because no-one has thought of approaching us. If we were presented with an interesting commission for a private scheme, I'm sure we'd consider it.' Interesting? Architects measure the interest value of a commission in pieces of string. Among Rogers' tiny handful of private commissions is a house he completed in 1968 for his parents in Wimbledon. The structure of two yellow boxes has an open-plan interior and is home to Lord Rogers' son. How interesting is that?