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.

  • 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
  • 18/02/2022Starting on Site Work has started on site on a project using a timber I beam system we’ve been developing, and first trialled in our own studio here in Oxfordshire. Crockwell Farm is a Class Q conversion that adapts an existing steel framed
  • 04/02/2022Works on Site We’re at the very beginning of this building project on a spectacular site situated on the Ridgeway in Oxfordshire. The farm has been subject to many additions of ancillary buildings over the years and our scheme seeks to reduce the
  • 11/01/2022Architectural Designer of the Month! Charlie and the practice feature in the Jan/Feb issue of Enki magazine as architectural designer of the month. Thank-you to the team at Enki for the wonderful piece featuring a showcase of some of our completed projects.
  • 04/01/2022Black 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
  • 03/12/2021Renders A 3D rendered image gives us and the client a good idea of the feel for a space and how it will look eventually. They help to iron out any issues moving forward and test detail in the layout and
  • 21/11/2021Tree Milling In preparation for work to start on site, two Sycamore trees, much loved by the client have had to be taken down. We suggested they could have the trees milled and given a new lease of life for for the
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