16/07/2019 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 boards above will gradually silver with time.

A corrugated tin roof is a very cheap, robust and readily available material and being very close to trees will be hardwearing against the possibility of falling branches.

The approach here has been to achieve high quality for low cost. It has meant carefully thinking about where to spend money and keeping the detailing simple. Above all retaining as much of the existing building as possible is a sure way of not only keeping the costs down but also reducing the environmental impact.

  • 29/06/2020Planning permission Even during lockdown the planning wheels were still turning and we were granted planning permission for the remodelling and extension of this Victorian farmhouse. The family have now outgrown the house and our proposals seek to provide more suitable living
  • 22/06/2020Studio back open! After thirteen weeks the studio is open once again. We’re working in rotation, observing physical distancing and still having virtual meetings. But it’s great to be welcoming some of the team back.
  • 20/05/2020Future Build Guest Editor! Charlie is guest editing this weeks issue of the Future Build newsletter. Future Build is an annual event that aims to bring together innovative brands from the built environment community to share their products and solutions. Click this link to read
  • 12/05/2020Mobile home An exciting project to explore the potential of a mobile home!  On a beautiful site in south east England a mobile home has been in a field for over ten years and the clients can now replace it. We are
  • 23/04/2020Visual Images Our building sites may be closed for the time-being but we’re busy working on feasibility studies and planning applications for clients. These images are visuals we’ve produced to help the client understand the approach to the new building.
  • 03/04/2020Sketch options These sketches show the very early stages of options for a feasibility study, which is one of the first things we do for a new client. Usually we provide two or three options having visited the site and talked through
  • 24/03/2020Hidden 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
  • 16/03/2020Building the Dream The new series of Building the Dream starts on More4, this coming Wednesday 18th March, 9pm!
  • 03/03/2020Futurebuild 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
  • 27/02/2020Hook 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
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