Oxford Green Week

This week is Oxford Green Week . A city-wide festival which uses culture, creativity and community to inspire local people to take action against climate change. Charlie is joining with Transition by Design, an architecture and design co-operative to talk about sustainable architecture

Timber Frame

Following several months of coordination with the timber frame manufacturer, this new-build project is finally bursting into life. The prefabricated elements are hoisted in to place with a telehandler; a process that produces a weather tight shell in a mere

Garden Room Extension

This new garden room extension will provide much needed extra living space to the existing cottage and greater connection to the garden. Connected by a linking walkway the garden building will compliment the cottage with a sensitive use of materials

Gone to Planning

We have just submitted a planning application for a replacement dwelling in Buckinghamshire. The original house dated back to the 1850s and had been extended a number of times and this piecemeal approach had left little evidence of the original

Ground preparations

A reduced level dig is underway at this site in Buckinghamshire to prepare the way for the installation of the timber frame, our client’s chosen construction method. Once the insulating slab has been cast the core structure of the frame

Bricks!

Our first project on the Graven Hill self build development has shrugged off it’s layer of scaffolding to reveal all its brickwork glory. Windows to follow shortly!

Small but perfectly formed

We’ve been working on a small extension project to an old school house and the extension building is finally going up. It replaces a previous extension and attempts to create a more sympathetic addition as well as improve the flow

Feasibility

We’re busy with Feasibility Studies for clients at the moment. This one near Burford in Oxfordshire shows two possible options for a steeply sloping long site where the client would like to build at the bottom of their garden.

New concept

We’re working on the concept design stage for this replacement dwelling. So far the feedback from the planners has been positive which will encourage us to continue in this direction.

Building for longevity

Even though the cottage is still shrouded in scaffolding, it’s reclaimed slates are being fixed to the roof as the builders move further towards making the building water tight. Designing for longevity is an important part of sustainable building. In

Long time coming

We recently received planning permission to remodel and modestly extend an already converted barn in Oxfordshire. The application was originally refused permission due to the size of a proposed link extension, but believing in the integrity of the design we

Breathing new life

Work has started on site to breathe new life in to this late 1960’s house. The plan is to renovate and extend to modernise the house and improve the quality of the living spaces. A contemporary addition will celebrate the

Clearing the way

Clearing work has begun to prepare the site for this exciting new-build in the woods. Originally the canteen building in the grounds of a school, it will be removed and replaced by a modest, low energy home for a local

Merry Christmas…

… and a Happy New Year!

Ditchley Park

We’re excited to have been awarded the opportunity to be involved in the refurbishment of the lecture theatre and offices of the beautiful Grade I listed Ditchley Park, home to the Ditchley Foundation. Having successfully bid for the project our

Permission granted… for the second time

Just over a year ago we received planning permission to renovate and extend a 1960s bungalow with the aim of creating a higher thermally performing building and improved living spaces to better suit the needs of a young family. To be

Maggie’s

This coming Thursday 8th November at 7.30pm, Charlie will be giving a talk at Maggie’s Centre in Oxford. Maggie’s offers free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer, and their families and friends. All tickets include a glass of wine and

Graven Hill Showcase

The successful self-build development at Graven Hill is hosting a Showcase on Saturday 17th November. It will be an opportunity for potential homeowners to tour the site and see what products Graven Hill have to offer. Charlie will be speaking at

Layering Up

The layers that go in to making up the walls of a building. Starting with a brick outer layer and concrete block inner layer sandwiching the most important component of all, the insulation – and lots of it! In this

Starting on Site

It’s exciting for the architect and the client when a project starts on site; to finally begin to see the building take shape in three dimensions. Here the original cottage is shrouded in scaffolding to protect it from the elements

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