We’ve worked on a number of terraced townhouses, finding ways to adjust and extend existing buildings in tight spaces. Insertion of steel, rooflights and new openings into the garden offer ways to radically improve light and connections between spaces. We can help you navigate the process from planning permissions to rights of light, party walls, build over agreements and improve your home creatively.
We love the challenge of making good use of existing buildings. Over the years we’ve got consent and seen built a number of annex conversions. Sometimes this is through full planning consent, other times via a certificate of lawful development. The planning route depends on the scope of work, setting and conservation status of the buildings. Our experience shows that using buildings for ancillary residential use is easier than creating a separate dwelling but is definitely possible in the right conditions. The drawings below show a range of our small conversion projects that include a tiny house, garden room, overspill accommodation, home office, carer accommodation, standalone dwelling in a listed building and conversion for wheelchair use.
We’ve got planning consent for a residential annex conversion, a project type that we have significant experience of. The outbuilding will be fully renovated, provide annex accommodation and make good use of a Cotswold stone outbuilding.
We’ve been working with the Ernest Cook Trust on refurbishment and extension of their offices. Here are some sketches showing design thoughts for a new wing, using timber shingles and limestone. We’ve worked with QODA to optimise the design for daylighting and ventilation. It’s an adjusted version of a traditional pitched roof with rooflights and clerestory windows punched in (click on the large images to scroll through).
We’ve developed designs and submitted for pre-application feedback in a tricky Urban Conservation Area. Pre-application submissions allow feedback without developing a scheme in full detail, show to the local authority that you’re engaging in a design process and give good pointers on ways to make the design and application more successful.
It’s great to see the Lynwood&Co Café on the High Street in Burford flourishing. Refurbishment of Listed buildings is always a challenge and we were happy to help with the process.
We’re working on concept designs for an extension to a house in a Cotswold Conservation Area. The site is in a village characterised by high stone walls and buildings on the street line. We responded with a proposal showing a glazed slot over an adjusted street wall, replacing an old outbuilding with a Cotswold slate roof ‘floating’ over, but allowing the street wall to be read in keeping with others in the village.
We have undertaken a feasibility study to examine ways to refurbish and extend office space for The Ernest Cook Trust in Fairford.
The existing buildings are sited in a fantastic walled garden in Victorian estate buildings. The scheme proposes to remove all twentieth century alterations and additions to the original buildings to rediscover their spacious grandeur and insert a new cloister and wing to provide simple circulation and extra office accommodation. The new wing creates two external courtyard gardens.
We're working on concept designs for the conversion of a Cow Byre to yoga studio, home office and overspill accommodation.
A side return extension to a terraced townhouse has recently been completed. This provides an open kitchen and dining space flooded with natural light and opening onto a garden and will become the centre piece to family life. There is a simple palette of materials, with an internal side wall of reclaimed stock bricks lit by flush glazing above giving a robust and textured backdrop to daily life.
We are designing a ground floor extension to a Grade II Listed building in the Cotswolds which also proposes a loft conversion and general improvements to energy performance. The extension will demolish earlier additions and provide a consolidated, simple space that will integrate the garden into family life.
The card models below show massing options we are looking at for an extension to a house in a prominent location in a conservation area.
We have received planning permission for the total refurbishment and extension to a house on a 1960's estate. It will provide a large open plan kitchen and dining space opening onto a garden with a timber gabled volume above. The building will be punctured with roof lights to bring light into the rooms. The internal layout will be adjusted to provide a generous sequence of entry spaces. The dark center of the house will be used to provide utility, storage and WC space giving living spaces access to daylight and views. The whole existing building will be wrapped in insulation and rendered and all existing windows will be upgraded to provide significant energy use reductions. These moves are the result of a holistic analysis of the building following a broad options study.
Work has started on site for a 65sqm side extension that will feature white painted brick and overhanging timber eaves, topped off with a wildflower roof. It will create a sheltered rear courtyard space, new garden/family room, shower room and garage and enlarge the existing kitchen. The building will employ a prefabricated timber frame to speed construction and use a low carbon building material. It will use brick seconds to make use of an otherwise wasted resource, which, once painted will have a new lease of life.
An extension designed by Rural Workshop has been granted planning permission. The scheme adds a wrap around to a typical terraced house, providing a large family kitchen/dining space and reconfiguring the internal spaces to provide a new utility room.
The scheme uses an asymmetrically pitched roof to create the generously day-lit internal space while carefully navigating requirements to maximise daylight to neighbouring properties.
The side alley is filled in with a further rear extension giving extended space. A glazed lantern allows access into the original dining space whilst the remainder of the eaves stay low to allow maximum light to the neighbouring house.
We have recently secured planning permission for a two storey extension to a Cotswold stone house in a conservation area
Planning permission has been granted for our 2 storey rear extension scheme. A narrow terraced house has been redesigned and a rear extension demolished to create a dining space opening onto the garden and a first floor bathroom. The building will reference the historical arrangement of rear extensions in the neighbourhood but be articulated in narrow timber slats
A recent project explored a range of moves to reconfigure a detached house with wonderful views across a Cotswold valley. The study looked at a range of options from minimal to more radical interventions
We have undertaken an options study for refurbishment and extension to a terraced house in a conservation area, getting enthusiastic feedback from client and local authority