Posts Tagged ‘materials’

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

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.

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…)

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…)

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!]