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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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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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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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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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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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Introducing the Sheepshed

We’ve recently completed this new-build in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Cornish coast. Click here to see more…

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Project in for Planning

We have just submitted a planning application for the remodelling of an existing 1960s bungalow.  The proposal is to entirely transform the existing outdated house into a warm, bright and spacious family home which will be well insulated internally and

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New Year, New Project

We have been working on a new build, low energy family home which is situated on the outskirts of Ledbury in Herefordshire. It is a challenging, wooded location; the site of an old school canteen.  We are using a barn form to keep

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How to Design a ‘Green’ Home

All too often sustainable solutions are used only as a means of reducing energy bills. Charlie reveals how these features could improve the quality of spaces too. For most, the driving force behind building a low-energy home is saving energy

BREEAM Awards 2015

Charlie is hosting this year’s BREEAM Awards at The London Marriott Hotel on 3rd March. The BREEAM Awards celebrate the best in sustainable construction by recognizing the achievements of those involved in specification, design, construction and management of BREEAM certified

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Wrap it Up

Charlie explains why, when looking to create a low-energy, sustainable building, it pays to take the time to research and get the insulation right. When people are approached on the subject of insulation, it’s rarely met with enthusiasm. It’s seen

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