Right from the outside, the project was challenging, combining cutting edge building methods, with traditional trades and finishes. The building was designed to blend into the hill side, which meant large retaining walls and basements. As the steel frame work went up on site, a feel for the finished product slowly took shape. The steel frame work was clad in timber, producing large vaulted rooms. All manner of materials were used in the finishes, from Moroccan polished plaster, to polished concrete floors. Add to that one of the largest domestic sliding doors ever made, with the front façade clad entirely with flint, it certainly has the wow factor. The main roof was finished by AAC waterproofing using a rubber membrane, whilst the low level roof had a green wild flower finish. The end result was televised on Grand Designs, a true one off.
Greenham Lock cottage was originally the old lock keepers cottage in the centre of Newbury. Due to the rise in the flood plain, the clients were granted permission to demolish the property, and build a new house at a raised level.
The job itself was quite straight forward, but its location was not. Situated on an island between the river and the canal, the only access was via a foot bridge, so everything had to be carried onto and off the island. A unique system of twist piles was used in the ground, with a reinforced concrete slab acting as a raft. On top of this, a steel and timber frame building was erected, and capped off with a zinc roof. The clients chose to clad the building in cedar, so with the cedar contrasting against the zinc, and the anthracite grey windows, the end result was stunning. A beautiful modern home, heated by a water source heat pump, taking heat directly from the river.
Springhurst House was a beautiful period property that had suffered some neglect over the years. The clients worked closely with their architects to redesign the house internally whilst externally staying in keeping with its period charm. Late extensions to the property were removed, and a large extension was added to the rear of the property more in keeping with the original design. The client’s choice of finishes internally complimented the property well. The end result was a beautiful period house, brought sympathetically up to date.
Glade cottage was quite a tired looking house originally which was in need of modernisation. The client and architects vision to upgrade the house were quite radical to the existing, and the outcome was fantastic. The property was extended and renovated, working closely with the client and architect to make sure that delivery dates on specialist items were all factored in. The final product is quite unrecognisable from the house that once stood on the site. The contrast of the cedar cladding against the crisp white render and anthracite windows worked extremely well.
To extend the existing property to achieve a large open plan kitchen/dining room, with additional bedroom with en-suite above. One of the main items to overcome on this project was the amount of earth works required, and building suitable retaining walls to keep the difference in ground levels in check. The site was limited with storage, however, good organisational skills kept the site relatively clear. The clients chose to stay living in the property whilst the works were carried out, so careful consideration had to be given to their needs. The project was completed on time and budget, enhancing the living space and character of the property.
A beautiful new 5 bedroom house built in beautiful settings. The project was a competitive tender, and from the outset, we looked to put forward alternative quotes and suppliers with the aim of reducing the overall cost of the projects. The clients appointed their own contract administrator who we worked well with. The project took approximately one year.
Blewburton Hall had suffered years of neglect, so when work started on site, large sections were condemned due to the nature or deterioration of the materials on site. A large kitchen extension was added to the rear of the property, and all of the existing rooms in the hall were sympathetically restored. The property was completely re-wired and re-pumped, whilst aiming to retain all of the original features. All external windows and doors were replaced, and the build re-roofed and re-rendered. We also hard landscaped the rear gardens, putting in place large retaining walls to manage the contrast in ground levels. Working hand in hand with the client and architect, the end result is a beautiful period property.