• Akeley night 20/11/2017 Re-imagining the Focal Point

    We were approached by Akeley District Church Council to provide sketch design ideas for an unheated open ‘pavilion’.  Akeley Church was demolished in the 1970s after a disputed structural survey deemed it unsafe. Ever since then church services have taken place in

  • Pressure testing 14/11/2017 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

  • graven hill 31/10/2017 Graven Hill

    This coming Saturday 4th November, the Graven Hill Village development are unveiling their next phase of plots. Charlie will be there amongst other industry experts and the Graven Hill team for the big reveal of Phase 1B. Graven Hill is

  • IMG_5350 copy 24/10/2017 Taking shape

    The old bungalow walls of this extensive renovation have been waterproofed and a new external skin of Cotswold dry stone walling is going up. Not forgetting the insulation, airtightness membrane and taping of course!  

  • Version 2 19/10/2017 Walking through the floorplan

    Beanacre is now out of the ground. The floor slab is down, the structural walls are going up and this means it’s possible to get an idea of how the spaces will ultimately work together. Check the Homebuilding & Renovating website blog where Charlie meets with

  • IMG_5296 16/10/2017 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

  • You&Yours 13/10/2017 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.

  • 4 12/10/2017 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!

  • IMG_9429 10/10/2017 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.

  • IMG_3089 02/10/2017 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

  • 170928_Section A-A 25/09/2017 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.

  • HBR2017 16/09/2017 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

  • Proposed ElevationsSW&SE 12/09/2017 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

  • Whole Building 05/09/2017 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!

  • IMG_8710 31/08/2017 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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