Hidden Gem

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty in the Warwickshire countryside, building work has started on remodelling and extending this beautiful manor house. The plan is to create a more cohesive family living environment and enhance the connections between

Futurebuild

This Thursday Charlie will be joining a panel of industry experts on the Steico stand at Futurebuild for a series of talks on tackling the climate crisis. They will be talking about how to meet the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge

Hook Norton Community Housing

The planning permission has been submitted for our scheme for the Hook Norton community housing project. The scheme, which is the culmination of an extensive community engagement process plans to create 12 dwellings and a community building centred around a

Planning application

These artists impression images were included as part of a recent planning application we’ve submitted. The application is for the retro-fit and extension of an existing dwelling, and an adjacent new-build in the conservation area of an Oxfordshire village.

Bringing the outside in

The location of this project, next to an ancient woodland in Oxfordshire, meant that large openings were essential. The verticality of the trees is repeated in the vertical timber mullions which emphasise a connection to the outside.

Developing a design

We’re currently working on a small 2-plot housing scheme in the Cotswolds. These images show the development of the design at the concept stage to illustrate the feel of the project to the client.

Charlie Builds a House

Back in the late Spring of 2017 Charlie started building his own house. The whole process has been followed by Homebuilding & Renovating and you can now see how his journey unfolded, including the final reveal, if you click this

Linking past and present

This lead and glass link uses the classic method of transparency to connect and distinguish between an old and new building.

The Bristol Housing Festival

The second year of the Bristol Housing Festival is now underway and Charlie will be speaking at the Self Build and Community Led Housing event there tomorrow. The Festival is supporting the building of new communities across the city of Bristol through an

The HexxHome Show Home

We’ve been working with HexxHome on designs for a show home at the Graven Hill self build community village near Bicester. Our 3-bedroom Hexxhome concept uses a patented  prefabricated build system which is perfect for prospective custom build home owners.

Sketch scheme

One of the first stages of work we carry out for clients will be a feasibility study to explore options in response to a brief. These images are the result of working up the preferred option as part of a

Project completed

It was very exciting to re-visit this recently completed project and see how the clients have settled into their new home. Even better when they’re so happy with the results. Click here to see more about this extensive sustainable bungalow renovation

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ideal Home Show

The Ideal Home Show is currently in residence at Olympia in London until next Monday 2nd April. Charlie will be there this coming Saturday talking about sustainable housing and high quality residential design.

Sheepfold appears in Coast

One of our completed projects appears in the March issue of Coast magazine. The Sheepfold and its annex the Sheepshed were bought at auction with only the remnants of their previous occupants and the external walls remaining. They have been carefully renovated

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