Archive for the ‘built work’ Category

Mayals Swansea. Phase 1: Interior remodelling

Sunday, December 8th, 2013

Design+Build.  Phase 1 of 3.

Re-plan upstairs to create a new master bedroom suite.

Investigate opportunities to integrate a new conservatory.

Unsuitable staircase: leading to a ‘warrren’ of poorly planned interconnected rooms.

Early sketch designs investigating a new glazed garden room and new staircase leading to the new bedroom suite.

The house is North facing, with a largely blank windowless South facing wall; so part of our strategy was bring sunshine into dark north facing rooms. Our solution was using glazed screens instead of solid walls, together with new rooflights and well considered artificial lighting. The owners are interested in decorative glass and had a subtle ‘theme’ and colour already established in the house which we used to inspire the design of what could loosely be called ‘Japanese’ sliding screens.

The existing property was typical insofar that it had many decades of piecemeal DIY improvements and decoration on show; a mismatch of shapes, colours and textures. Part of our brief was to [take steps to] unify the house with common materials, colours and features throughout, so that this and any future improvements all fit a final vision. The brief called for high quality natural materials and oak was used for joinery throughout.

Space planning benefited from careful consideration and inventive detailed design; e.g. designing this room partition to envelop an lovely piece of existing furniture, also benefiting the opposite room with built in wardrobes and shelves.

Dressing room as built

New oak & glass 1/4 winder staircase

Previously dark corridor with new rooflights and glazed bedroom screen

Textured light through the screen into a previously dark bedroom

Screen closed

Screen open

Garden Room, Reynoldston, Gower

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Design+Build.  Refurbishment + Alteration

A job to rejuvenate a run down and ‘forgotten’ part of the house; a room with great potential to re-connect living spaces with the garden.

Early sketch design with large areas of glazing and folding /sliding timber screens

Shutter screens closed + Open air glazed porch.

Delightful space with lovely connection to the garden. Warm, light and usable where previously it was unused.

Reynoldston: double side extension & kitchen

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Two storey house extension.[40+40m2]. New living / garden room and open plan kitchen. New more traditional looking roofscape.

Existing building


Killay: garage roof conversion & house entrance

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Garage conversion, Killay, Swansea. 28m2

Garage conversion replacing decayed flat roof. Timber frame, highly insulated.

New house porch & entrance


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…)

Croxley Green maxi side + rear extension

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

House Extension, Herts. Extension: 43 m2 / Total House Area:  152 m2.

Grotty side alley with neighbour built against asymmetric boundary.

Side and rear extension to create extra living areas, making maximum use of limited site. Boundary asymmetrically aligned requiring an unusual solution.

Sketch scheme with [part] two storey vaulted side extension.

The design results from the specific site constraints – planning guidance restrictions and the technical challenges of infilling between existing buildings. (more…)

Chorleywood extension, glazed link + garage conversion

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Extension & Alterations, Herts.    Extension Area: 4.8 m2

One of the smallest extensions I’ve ever done, but also one of the most successful in terms of improving flexibility, functionality and property value. Very ‘forensic’ and ‘tight grain’ design, 100% bespoke, resulting from close survey of the existing house and analysis of options to arrive at the ‘right’ scale of intervention.Existing layout – crappy kitchen & use of space. This existing kitchen was definitely the low point in this otherwise nice house.  The layout was of little practical use and offered little connection with the lovely mature gardens or distant panoramic views. Not contributing much to family life at all.

We opened up the existing kitchen by removing all internal [loadbearing] partitions] and adding a new projecting bay window to take full advantage of views. We moved utility into the existing garage and made a new loft play room and added an asymmetric glazed link between house & garage that and opens into the landscape and floods the space with natural light.


Rickmansworth: roof-off loft conversion

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Loft Conversion & House Refurb, Herts.
House Area: 335 m2 / Loft Conversion: 50 m2.

Roof off loft conversion plus refurbishments and upgrades to the existing house.  The house remained in use during the works.


Draethen new housing; selfbuilder developers

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Housing. Draethen, Nr Caerphilly.

3 no. 5 bedroom houses [320 m2 per unit]. Owner developers.


Rogerstone new home: selfbuild

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

Self Build Family Home. Rogerstone, Nr Newport.

5 bedrooms [330 m2].

The scheme involved the demolition and replacement of a pair of attached semi-derelict cottages in a wonderful rural setting near Rogerstone. The site sits atop the mountain ridge with the Sirhowy valley one side and panoramic views of the open countryside to Newport and hills towards Cwmbran on the other. (more…)