Graven Hill project shortlisted for a RIBA South Award

A recently completed project has been shortlisted for a RIBA South Award 2024! It it one of a few we’ve worked on at the Graven Hill self build development. We worked closely with local builders and specialists to deliver a

Project on Site

Photo’s from a project on site which were extensively refurbishing including a full thermal upgrade. This will involve internally insulating, replacing the existing windows with triple glazed windows and installing a renewable energy source. Here we’re stripping it back to

Planning Permission Granted

Planning permission has been granted for an extension and remodelling for a nineteenth century cottage in Oxfordshire. The building stands in a secluded spot within the conservation area of the village but situated away from any listed buildings. Its position

Community Housing Project in Hook Norton

The vast majority of new housing is unsustainable, unfit for purpose, and doesn’t answer the local need. Possibly one of the biggest issues that results in the poor quality of housing in this country is the discrepancy between the local

Oxfordshire farmhouse nearing completion

Careful design and attention to detail is breathing new life in to a collection of neglected farmhouse buildings in south Oxfordshire. We are restoring original brick barns and reorienting the main farmhouse to take full advantage of a fabulous view,

Black Barn Studios in Passive House + magazine

Our studio, Black Barn Studios is the cover star of the current edition of Passive House magazine. The magazine have written an in-depth article about our approach to creating a highly sustainable, energy efficient design exemplar. That attention to detail were key in

Planning permission for ultra sustainable office development

Planning approval has been given to a very exciting project; an ultra sustainable office development for an ethical investment company. The ambition of the client is to combine three main areas.  Working environment, sustainability and community. Taken together, these principles

Blackwood in competition shortlist

One of our recently completed projects, Blackwood , has been shortlisted for two prizes in this year’s The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. It has been nominated for Best Self Build Home and Best Green Home. There is a People’s

Planning permission for home in conservation area

We are delighted to have received planning permission for a replacement dwelling on a tucked away and narrow site in Buckinghamshire. The proposals seek to improve the site with a low-energy and highly insulated dwelling that is sustainable and efficient

Planning permission for farmhouse annex

We have recently received planning permission for an annex to a farmhouse in Devon. The annex forms part of a multi-phased project for the farm. The design intends to provide accommodation for ageing members of the family where they can

Clean sweep at RHS Malvern!

Our show garden entry collaborating with The Wildlife Trusts and Oxford Garden Design with Jamie Langlands won an RHS Gold Medal at this years RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Not only that but it won Best in Show, Best Construction and

Shortlisted for the AJ Small Projects Award 2023!

Black Barn Studios has made the shortlist for this years AJ Small Projects Award! On Wednesday 3rd May we will travel down to London to present and find out the results. The studio is the culmination of our attempt to address three of

Blackwood in Enki

The May/June issue of the wonderful Enki magazine is out now, featuring an article on Blackwood , one of our recently completed projects.

A project nearing completion

We are working on the completion of the second phase of a project. The original scheme was to completely refurbish a tired, old bungalow situated on the edge of a small Oxfordshire town. A few years later the clients came

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

We’ve been involved in a project which is a first for us, collaborating with Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire Wildlife Trusts (BBOWT) with Future Nature, Oxford Garden Design and Jamie Langlands Gardens on a show garden for this years RHS Malvern

Roof Tiles

Exciting things are happening on one of our sites at the moment. The large-scale clay tiles and corten flashings have begun to be installed on the roof. Although the builders are working away, it can look like not much changes

New completed project

Another recently completed project has been photographed and is now live on the website. Read more here about our approach and the integration of landscape and architectural designs.

New completed project

One of a few of our completed projects that we’ve had photographed recently. Situated on the edge of an ancient woodland  in Oxfordshire. Click this link to read more.

“… a Pruesplosion”

Our Gloucestershire Farmhouse project was featured in the FT How To Spend It magazine this Saturday 1st October! Click this link to read the article online, and this link to read more about our design concept and approach. Photography: Fred Howarth

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