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.

  • Office barn conversion starts on site - We are very excited about this project and seeing it start on site. These photos show enabling works getting underway. Nothing is going to waste (apart from an asbestos roof). The frames of the two main barns have been stripped,
  • Planning Permission Received - We have received planning permission for the refurbishment and conversion of a stone barn in a conservation area in to a high quality, sustainable home. The aim of the project is to sensitively adapt and re-use the now redundant agricultural
  • Charlie co-hosting Sustainability podcast - Charlie has been co-hosting a podcast! Each month in Sustainability Solved, he and co-host Will Richardson meet with inspirational people at the forefront of the sustainability movement, those who are making innovative changes within their organisations to tackle the climate
  • Bear’s Reach shortlisted for 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
  • Completed Project - We have recently completed a multi-phased project to refurbish a grade II listed farmhouse and outbuilding in a conservation area. The project included extending the farmhouse and converting an existing outbuilding to restore the original farmyard character of the site.
  • 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
  • Team outing to the Cotswold Distillery - Happy New Year! Before Christmas the Charlie Luxton Design team visited the Cotswold Distillery. Just a stones throw from our studio, the distillery has been making award winning gin for the past 9 years. This was a natural choice while
  • Competition winner - Blackwood has won two awards in The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards. Best Self-Build and the coveted Home of the Year! We are thrilled with the result and the project features on the cover of January’s edition of Homebuilding
|