04/01/2022 Black Barn Studios

We are starting the new year having moved in to our new studio!

The guiding principle for its design is re-use and retain. Much of the existing building has been reused and complimented with a fabric first approach where high levels of insulation, MVHR, air-tightness and high performance triple glazing have created a space with a very low heating demand. With a 20KW PV array, electric car chargers and just off Passivhaus levels of insulation, the building is an affordable exemplar of sustainable construction.

It has been a test bed for a precut timber-framed I-beam system with blown wood-fibre insulation with high levels of airtightness being developed by our practice. This is being conceived to reduce waste, cost and deliver better insulated timber frames with less thermal bridging.

Set amongst 3 acres of rolling north Oxfordshire landscape, an integral part of the scheme is the regeneration of the site by re-wilding and forming a bio-diverse environment. We have already planted native trees across much of the site and will be planting a wild-flower meadow to create a wildlife and insect oasis.

  • 05/09/2022Concept Sketches Concept sketches are developed early on in the design process to quickly generate, test and present ideas to the client. They will be included in a ‘Book 1’ feasibility study which we undertake at the start of every project. We
  • 10/08/2022Planning granted for Wiltshire house We have recently received planning permission for this house extension in Wiltshire. The existing Edwardian house had been subjected to a series of piecemeal additions which required updating to improve the living spaces and the energy efficiency of the house.
  • 19/07/2022Black Barn Studios We’ve had a very happy first six months in the new studio. Given we’re currently experiencing the hottest temperatures since records began, the building is fairing well in the heat. We are heat dumping at night when the air is
  • 25/06/2022Photo shoot Here is a photographer we work with regularly, Ed RS Aves . Juggling the difficulty of shooting a small space – this time from the outside in seems to work best! Photographing a project is an exciting time to revisit a completed building
  • 14/06/2022Development Sketch This is a development sketch for the landscaping of a project that is currently on site; a way of developing ideas in an informal way as part of the designing process.
  • 30/05/2022Available for Rent This stone barn conversion in North Cornwall is available to rent as a holiday let. Situated in the North Cornish AONB between Padstow and Newquay and a short distance from Bedruthan Steps. The barn is a very low energy conversion,
  • 15/05/2022Planning Permission We’ve recently received planning permission to refurbish and extend this stone cottage and adjacent outbuilding. The cottage isn’t listed but lies within a conservation area and in close proximity to several listed buildings. Sensitivity to the design and use of
  • 19/04/2022Sketches We use sketches to explore and present ideas to a client before developing the designs through 3D modelling and detailed drawings. These sketches show the development of internal spaces and joinery for a house that is currently on site.
  • 24/03/2022Graven Hill We’ve been involved in a few self-build projects at Graven Hill. As one of the largest self-build and custom-build development sites in the country, it is giving home owners the opportunity to choose a housing style that best fits with
  • 10/03/2022New project site visit Two members of our team recently visited the site for an exciting new project on the Isle of Arran in Scotland. The site, comprising 600 acres of land, will be a multi-purpose event location incorporating an on-going re-wilding project. The
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