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Getting started

It’s always exciting when a project starts on site. Here the intention is to retain the existing 1960s form and extensively remodel the interior. Load bearing walls have been removed to open up the interior and make once unusable spaces usable

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You & Yours

Catch Charlie on BBC Radio 4’s consumer affairs programme You & Yours today at 12.15pm, where he’ll talk about the trend for improving your home rather than moving home.

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Best laid plans

Charlie’s new show, Best Laid Plans starts on Channel4 this coming Saturday afternoon, 4.30pm. Charlie and property developer Sophie Morgan help couples undertaking large scale renovations solve their design dilemmas. Get the kettle on!

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Stripping back

Work has started on transforming the skeleton of an old bungalow which will provide the shell for a new two-storey family home. Window openings frame the views across the countryside beyond as the new polished concrete flooring goes down.

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Re-store

This cottage near Burford has been re-roofed, re-pointed and under-pinned. Short of being totally re-built, the corner of the building has been removed to make way for a large window opening for what will become the snug. The concrete slab for the extension

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Planning permission

Planning permission has been granted for us to convert two tired bungalows in to a future-proofed family home. We will now start detailing the building to fit it in/on the site’s challenging topography.

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Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Homebuilding & Renovating Show  is back in London at the Excel Centre between 22nd and 24th September. Charlie will be in the Self Build Theatre at 12.30 giving a Beginners Guide to Building a Low-Energy Home, then again at 2pm, with A Step-by-Step Guide

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Conservation Praise

We’ve just submitted a planning application for this family home in the woods on the outskirts of Ledbury. The principle building conservation officer was so impressed he stated that they would, ‘Recommend Approval with conditions: The proposals are for a

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Permission received at Graven Hill

Our first project at the exciting self-build development Graven Hill near Bicester has received it’s plot passport compliance – basically the same as planning permission. Good news!

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Finishing the foundations at Beanacre

We’re out of the ground and the foundations have been finished at Beanacre. For a more in depth account of how it happened, click on this link to Charlie’s blog at the Homebuilding & Renovating website.

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House in the woods

We have just been asked to produce a concept design to transform a dated 60’s detached house into a contemporary family home. Sitting on the edge of a wood provides a great opportunity for new living spaces that really engage with the

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Preparing the Site at Beanacre

First, dig a big hole! Follow this link to a timelapse film showing the preparation of the site along with other interviews and snippets from the build.  

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New show in production

Charlie is working on a new show to be screened later this year. Best Laid Plans will see him helping contributor’s navigate their way through their renovation and restoration projects and offering his advice as they move through the process.

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Barn Skeleton

As work on site continues this barn is stripped back to its bare bones to reveal the beautiful original structure which will be expressed in its final form.

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Garden Shed

We’ve just received planning permission for a new garden building at the rear of an existing stone cottage in West Oxfordshire. The client wanted to embrace a slightly agricultural, garden shed aesthetic so we’ve translated this into a simple pitched roof

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