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

Completed project

We are very pleased to have finished a major restoration project of an eighteenth century Grade II listed farmhouse in Oxfordshire. The farmhouse and associated buildings including a cheese-room had sat unoccupied for fifteen years and were in need of

Bricks and mortar

At our first project on the Graven Hill site in Bicester, the bricks are being laid revealing the interesting shape of the building.

Harnessing Solar Energy

As Charlie’s own self-build project progresses, he is posting blogs on the Homebuilding & Renovating website. This month is topically, all about the solar panels. Solar thermal panels have been mounted on to the roof to use the sun’s energy

Happy Clients

Our work at this new build project in West Oxfordshire is nearly done. Close involvement with an engaged and enlightened client has produced a project that we’re very proud of. The new family home sits on the site of an

First Graven Hill Project on site

Following a large amount of steel co-ordination work and some jiggery pokery with the substructure which was missing some pads, finally our first house at Graven Hill is on site. The footing and block and beam structural ground floor are

Stone Work

The external forms are taking shape at our farm cottage project in Oxfordshire. The Cotswold limestone work has harmonised the old cottage forms with the contemporary extension design using traditional rubble stone.

Back to Life

The plastering has been done and the screed laid on the floor. The original timber beams of this classic 1960s house have been lovingly stripped and repainted by the clients own hands. When they bought the house these beams were

Taking shape

The windows are in and the cladding is on the exterior of this project in Oxfordshire. The wall linings are going in internally and the concrete hearth has been formed and floated.

Closing stages at Greyfell

The landscaping in the courtyard at Greyfell is taking shape. A series of low stone walls surround a handsome brick paved terrace which steps down to gravel pathways and a kitchen garden. The final touches are being made to the

Project on site

Work has recently started on site with stripping out and refurbishing to make way for a more cohesive layout.

Busy on site

This site in west Oxfordshire is a hive of activity as the build is moving towards its final stages. The exterior cladding of Cotswold stone and larch is in place. While the interior spaces are beginning to take shape –

Coming together

This barn conversion in Oxfordshire is reaching it’s final stages; the plastering is done¬†and the kitchen along with other pieces of joinery are being installed.    

Innovative Insulation

At our own¬†project here in North Oxfordshire, we’ve employed a clever technique for insulating the outside. This involves creating a continuous layer of insulation therefore reducing thermal bypass. More details can be found here on Charlie’s Blog at Homebuilding & Renovating , along with other posts

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