Posts Tagged ‘conversion’

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.

Gorseinon: barn conversion

Friday, November 16th, 2012

Barn conversion. 130m2 ground floor / 30m2 first floor

Old original farmhouse with attached livestock sheds. ‘Longhouse’ arrangement. Lapsed planning permission in place.

Commission for better quality design than the existing planning approved design and more sympathetic treatment of existing buildings.  New planning permission and building regulations approval

Livestock sheds poor quality construction, many smooth rounded pobbles [river stones], decayed lime mortar and very few tie stones resulting in an unstable wall beyond reasonable repair.  A new planning permission was negotiated to rebuild not convert these areas.

Open plan design with vaulted ceilings and salvaged trusses in the new construction, contrasting a traditional ‘snug’ atmosphere with lower ceilings and large reconstructed inglenook fireplace in the old original cottage.

Traditional Welsh Inglenook reinterpreted with traditional details such as spiral steps.

Project eventually built out by my client project managing himself & employing trades direct.

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.


New b&b & staff accomodation @ ecodysgu

Friday, January 15th, 2010

EcoDysgu are a  holistic education centre set in 42 acres of beautiful countryside near Tondu, Bridgend. They deliver a model of education they call ‘Learning to Heal – Healing to Learn’ aimed to help people increase self-confidence, respect and well being through arts & crafts activities in their 15 acre woodland and surroundings, in combination with on-site alternative healing therapies. The results ecodysgu have achieved with ‘disaffected’ groups has been called profound and been recognised by police, schools, youth services, prison & probation services, as well as parents.

In may 2009 EcoDysgu won the Wales Award from The Prince’s Foundation for Integrated Health and HRH The Prince of Wales & HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited to see for themselves.

The project is to create 8 B&B letting rooms [to supplement an existing 12 bed bunkhouse] and provide on-site living facilities for two full time staff.

The Tondu House Farm site has been occupied for several centuries and has a fascinating history… (more…)

Oxford farm diversification II barns>offices

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Farm diversification project to convert redundant barns into self contained office lets. Bicester, Oxfordshire.

4 Units / Total letting area 675m2.

Oxford farm diversification: barns>offices

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Farm diversification project to convert redundant barns into self contained office lets. Wallingford, Oxfordshire.

3 Units / Total letting area 266m2.

Banwen barn conversion

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Another hand drawn , barn conversion near Banwen, within the Brecon Beacons National Park.

jurassic drawings

Friday, January 8th, 2010

This new website’s got me reminiscing & dusting off old portfolios not un-zipped since the jurassic!  I figure I’m probably one of the last of the dinosaurs, having started out on a real drawing board, even a T square.

I still have ideas to do more hand drawing and got a big cast iron board a few years back, like the one I remember sitting at as a kid in my dad’s office  drawing Caerphilly castle.

1990/1991? Llanhilleth miners institute – a full detailed measured survey, even up the roof ‘turret’, no ‘fall arrest’ systems in those days! Intricate survey & refurbishment, with hand made moulded string course bricks [acorns?].


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!]