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.

  • 07/07/2021Planning Permission We’ve received planning permission for a house in a small village on a considerable sized plot and amazing views across a valley. As we find with many buildings the thermal efficiency of the existing fabric is poor and the cellular
  • 15/06/2021Windows The windows are going in to our new studio building which is a very exciting day. These huge, high performance, triple glazed windows are made by Internorm and will contribute to the airtightness of the building. Adopting a fabric first
  • 28/04/2021Building the Dream The next series of Building the Dream is back on our screens from tonight, Wednesday 28th April, 9pm, More4.
  • 12/04/2021Steel framed barn conversion We are working with a client to convert a steel framed barn in to a home fit for a growing family. The barn had achieved a class Q planning permission but the client wanted to refine the plans to be
  • 29/03/2021Grand Designs Our Cornish project is in April’s edition of Grand Designs magazine, in a feature about the driveway. Charlie is quoted in the opening paragraph as saying, “The journey from the driveway to front door to entrance hall is an important
  • 13/03/2021Timber Frame We have been working with Steico, specialists in wood fibre insulation and timber joists, to create giant timber frame ‘kits’ where every length of wood is pre-cut and numbered off-site ready to be assembled quickly and efficiently on site. This
  • 09/03/2021Work on site Still shrouded in scaffolding, the flat roof of this new home in Gloucestershire is taking shape. The roof will be sewn with wild-flowers which will be a haven for wildlife but also a disguise for the the solar panels. The
  • 21/02/2021Rotunda House A few years ago we were invited to pitch an idea for a new home for Prue Leith and John Playfair. Luckily for us they loved our contemporary re-imagining of the English country house. The house features a prominent ‘Piano
  • 03/02/2021New studio on site Having received planning permission, work on our new studio has started on site. We are converting a steel framed barn into a Passiv-standard studio space which we hope to complete towards the autumn of this year. The conversion will reuse
  • 18/01/2021Small but perfectly formed We are working on breathing new life in to this modest field barn. Intended as an annex for overflow accommodation, our scheme will create extra space through a lower ground floor extension sensitively designed to retain the original character of
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