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Coming together

This barn conversion in Oxfordshire is reaching it’s final stages; the plastering is done and the kitchen along with other pieces of joinery are being installed.    

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Innovative Insulation

At our own project here in North Oxfordshire, we’ve employed a clever technique for insulating the outside. This involves creating a continuous layer of insulation therefore reducing thermal bypass. More details can be found here on Charlie’s Blog at Homebuilding & Renovating , along with other posts

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Air Tightness

We endeavour to design and detail buildings with a high level of airtightness. Having an airtight house means that its thermal performance is much more efficient with the warm air being unable to escape through the building fabric. It’s still very

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Decisions Decisions

Amongst other things, a building project presents a constant stream of decisions. Paint colours are one of the more pleasant but nonetheless important ones. At Ambury Barn the builders have been working carefully to convert the open expanse of the

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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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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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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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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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Stripping Back

Works at Mount Pleasant have commenced with the one remaining element, the cottage, stripped back to it’s skeletal form. Next up, excavations and a reduced level dig in preparation for the new timber framed extension.

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Follow the blog

Charlie is currently writing a blog on the Homebuilding & Renovating website about his own self-build in North Oxfordshire. It will be a thorough guide through the process of building from scratch. Click here to start the journey and watch this space

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Works starts on site

The builders have started building work on this barn conversion in Oxfordshire. Exciting times as they begin the transformation of this amazing space – the existing purlins and trusses will be retained and expressed in the final design. First things first

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Windows go in at Greyfell

The windows are now in at Greyfell! (formerly Old Lodge Barn).  The earlier design time spent positioning windows has really paid off now that the framed views across the countryside have been realised. Externally, the well crafted (and almost complete)

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The Cheeseroom Transformed

The skeleton of the 1st floor structure of the cheeseroom at our Wantage project is revealed. The floor surface is reduced to a curvilinear bridge which descends on to the new stair down to the lower level.

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