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.

  • 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
  • 06/02/2020Planning 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.
  • 30/01/2020Bringing 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.
  • 16/01/2020Developing 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.
  • 10/01/2020We are hiring! Based in the rural North Oxfordshire countryside, we are a small practice looking for a resourceful, independent and creative experienced Part 2 or recently qualified Part 3 to join our team. We work on projects ranging from Passive standard new-builds,
  • 24/12/2019HAPPY CHRISTMAS!
  • 16/12/2019Charlie 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
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