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Barn Conversions, One-off houses or Renovations, All Require Site Appraisals & Desktop Research

I am often asked to look at potential sites by clients ahead of exploring their possibilities as site appraisals. Visiting a location in person…

Architecturally Designed Spaces: A Picture Cannot Tell the Whole Story

No matter how well captured, there is a fundamental architectural characteristic that photography cannot fully capture, an aspect that words cannot fully describe. Something…

New Build House or Barn to convert? The Role of Site Analysis Explained

Site analysis sounds self explanatory, but how does this inform a design and what should be analysed? One of the most important lessons for…

How to Choose an Architect

How do you choose an architect? Listed below in bullet point format are a few thoughts about choosing an architect. The aim is to…

How Architects Design : Exploratory Site Sketches

I love listening to clients, visiting their properties and exploring the possibilities of a site. In tandem with discussions, walk rounds and background research,…

Barn Conversions, Renovations & Self Builds : Identifying Site Potential.

In the last blog post I discussed surveys. In this post I have turned my attention to exploring the potential of a site. Before…

The Importance of Surveys

Before starting on any renovation, new build or barn conversion project you will need to gather as much site information as you are able…

Retrofitting an Early Barn Conversion

Pye Barn in Oxfordshire was originally converted into a dwelling in 1935. The design undertaken by architect John Pym, was the subject of a…