22/12/2016 Graven Hill Sketches

Having helped the client to secure one of the first plots on the Graven Hill self-build development in North Oxfordshire we now have sketches of the proposed new-build brick house. The stepped facade and section allow for an impressive street presence at the front elevation contrasting with a human-scale back garden facade. It takes its inspiration from 1950s MOD buildings, ugly but beautiful. 

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As the first large scale self-build development in the UK, Graven Hill will challenge the current approach to developer-led housing schemes by providing more people with the opportunity to build their own home.

  • 11/05/2018Back 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
  • 30/04/2018Building the Dream is back! A new series of Building the Dream will be hitting the screens this Wednesday 2nd May, 9pm, More4.
  • 27/04/2018Taking 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.
  • 17/04/2018Busy with planning We’ve just submitted a planning application for this scheme in Oxfordshire. The concept for the design involves exploring a contemporary spin on the classic English country house and sensitively engage this with a lovely existing barn. This involves using traditional materials
  • 03/04/2018Closing 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
  • 28/03/2018Ideal 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.
  • 19/03/2018Homebuilding & Renovating Show 2018 The HB&R show is returning to the Birmingham NEC and Charlie will be there this coming Saturday 24th March. Charlie will be speaking on a range of topics from giving a step by step guide to designing your dream home,
  • 08/03/2018Planning Permission We have just received planning permission for a project to transform a house in the woods on the outskirts of Oxford. This is particularly good news as the clients came to us with a challenging site, having already received negative
  • 05/03/2018Self Build Made Simple On Saturday 10th March Charlie will be speaking at the Self Build Made Simple event at Graven Hill in Bicester. The event is an opportunity to tour the Graven Hill site, speak to home providers and put your questions to
  • 01/03/2018Vine house in Grand Designs Our Wiltshire project, the Vine House is featured in the March edition of Grand Designs Magazine. In the feature about extending your period property the house is used to illustrate how to sensitively extend a period listed property.
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