Archive for the ‘materials’ Category

Horton: bungalow extension

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Dormer bungalow extension, Horton, Gower.

Existing ground floor area 87m2.    Proposed extension 25m2.

Design + Build

Building work completed March 2009.

existing ground floor plan

A lovely small c.1920′s dormer bungalow. Nice traditional materials and details but the exiting property had a very cramped kitchen / dining room and only a single reception room. (more…)

Horton: cottage extension & renovation

Friday, December 17th, 2010

House extension, alteration & refurbishment. Horton, Gower.

Design + build

Existing house: 58m2    Remodelled property: 110m2


Dunvant: luxury but eco new build

Sunday, June 6th, 2010

New Build House, . 3 bedrooms + detached garage & garden room

238m2 total floor area

Floor plans [click to enlarge]

South facing inclined site with with lovely views. Passive solar layouts and large openings facing South. (more…)

stair porn

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

I love stairs.

Most architects love stairs and dream of extravagant jobs that would fund explorations into more adventurous designs, I know I’ve go a few ideas up my sleeve given half a chance! but until then we must satisfy ourselves with tantalising pictures of other designer’s work -  stair porn!


Bookshop in Porto from

There IS a website dedicated to the pursuit of the perfect stair, that delicate balance between physics, invention, art,  aesthetics, safety, economy… and it IS called STAIR PORN. Check out some of (more…)

stained glass

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

also Palma cathedral

pebble paving

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Palma cathedral

Gorseinon frozen barn

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

I’ve just taken on a farmhouse / barn restoration & conversion, visited in the FREEZING weather today to check progress [-7 degC according to the van thermometer!]. I lost all feeling in my fingers at one stage so got the camera out instead…

typical stone wall – two ‘skins’ of dressed stone with a loose fill middle of rubble & whatever else was to hand [like many modern 'cavity' walls too!]