• 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.

  • SE Persp Sketch 24/08/2017 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

  • IMG_7901 17/08/2017 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.  

  • CharlieHB&R 11/08/2017 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.

  • trusses sm 03/08/2017 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.

  • PTC North Elevation 29/07/2017 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

  • IMG_1566 21/07/2017 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.

  • simplified copy 18/07/2017 Visualisation

    As we progress through the design stages we use 3D modelling to further understand our experience as we move around the building. These models are exploring the section and how the spaces work together.

  • Site Plan sm 07/07/2017 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

  • Option 2 29/06/2017 Busy busy

    We’ve just submitted a planning application for an old school house in north Oxfordshire. The new scheme replaces two small pitched roof additions with a single, lighter more voluminous space which will provide kitchen and utility for a growing family. The

  • MBF_02 20/06/2017 Oxfordshire Farmhouse

    Design is underway for a new house on a working farm in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds. Early concepts for the design involve exploring a contemporary spin on the classic English country house. The added challenge is to sensitively engage this with

  • Web07sm 12/06/2017 Sneak Preview

    A sneak preview of a recently completed conversion of a listed 17th century barn. Traditional techniques and natural materials were used to make as light a touch as possible to the existing building, which is the real the star of

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