It’s still business as usual at the office in Marlborough despite lockdown 2. We are meeting clients with social distancing or having meetings via Zoom
We are delighted that Eleanor has returned to work in November following her maternity leave. She will be working 2 days a week.
New House replaces 1950’s bungalow
We were thrilled to embark on an exciting project to design and build our clients’ dream home in a picturesque location just outside Chippenham. Our proposals replace the outdated bungalow that occupied the plot with a twenty-first-century house that provides dramatic new living spaces and at the same time reflect the area’s rural setting. The timeless qualities of Cotswold stone and zinc are juxtaposed with contemporary details that lift the building beyond the ordinary. Two vernacular barn-style wings are connected by a glazed link that separates living and sleeping areas and brings the landscape into the heart of the house. Garage, plantroom and utility spaces are located in the reinforced concrete basement. A striking steel mesh staircase, designed by our client and a local craftsman, makes a bold interior statement, rising through the three floors of the entrance barn. The house is heated entirely from renewable energy using a geothermal heat pump powered by solar photovoltaic panels.
As Mike and Amanda couldn’t travel to Brittany in August they changed their plans and spent a week cycling through Snowdonia and mid-Wales. Luckily the weather was amazing, sunburn rather than rain was the main concern. The views were breathtaking and made the climbs worthwhile – and there were plenty of those with almost 4,700m of ascent over 200 miles covered. Amanda jokes “We carried all our equipment on the bikes so it was the one holiday where we returned fitter and lighter than when we left!”
The Government are currently offering Green Home Grants. These grants help cover the costs of improvements to your home and improve its energy efficiency. The grants can be up to the value of £5,000 to help towards the cost of installing a number of improvements to your home including better insulation, low carbon heat alternatives, heating controls and high performance window and doors. Details of the scheme can be found on the Gov.UK website. With many of our projects involving updating existing houses this scheme could benefit our clients.
We were delighted to have recently gained full planning permission for this two storey wrap-around extension in West Berkshire. The house is in the North Wessex Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the planning officer commented that …“the design is considered of an exceptional high quality [sic] and the three flat roof elements are considered to tie in the overall design of the extensions together”… We are now looking forward to the construction stage and seeing the design turn into reality.