Copper Roof

We’ve been hoping for an opportunity to work with this material for some time and now we’re seeing the first glimpses of the standing seam copper roof being revealed on this project in Buckinghamshire. It will be exciting to see

Nearing completion

This project next to the woods just south of Oxford is nearing completion. The wood cladding is looking very fresh but the untreated white cedar shingle on the lower half will fade to a pale white colour and the larch

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

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

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

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

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

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