Heycroft is the renovation of a very tired seventies terrace house in the heart of a historic village, which had stood empty and the garden neglected for several years.
The project embraces the period and puts a contemporary spin on the 70’s fabric; reimagining the layout of the house and converting it into a space suitable for modern living.
The first phase of construction is complete and includes the new kitchen. Made out of reclaimed oak floorboards, the handmade units were designed and built by us in response to a love of natural materials and ambition to pair the rustic and contemporary. Heycroft is an example of a transformative design intervention with a focus on recycled/reused materials and a lower budget, that gives a new lease of life to this housing type which accounts for a large percentage of the nation’s existing housing stock.
Photography by Ed RS Aves
Woodkeepers is a pair of timber-framed barns on the top of a Cotswold valley benefitting from amazing views. One barn has long since been converted into two holiday cottages and the adjoining open sided barn has never been converted.
We are converting the pair into a single dwelling with an emphasis on a contemporary sensitive design while also celebrating the site’s agricultural aesthetic. Most fo the existing fabric is being retained, while the internal spaces will be open and light and, although modern, will have more in common with the original barn than the previous conversion which cluttered the space with internal walls. The previous conversion featured overly domestic doors and glazing, whereas the new scheme aims to use modern systems to provide a sense of barn openings rather than traditional house windows.
The technical approach is based around natural materials including wood fibre insulation and lime plaster, keeping the environmental impact to a minimum and allowing the building to breath. An air source heat pump will provide energy in the place of the existing oil fired boiler.
Due to start on site in November 2019.
A detached sixties house surrounded by woodland on the edge of Oxford, Bagley Wood was an ugly duckling with huge potential.
Working with the existing fabric as far as possible to minimise the amount of construction and waste, the design utilises existing openings of the original house, altering sizes and proportions, before over-cladding with a layer of insulation and combination of European Larch and Cedar Shingles, transforming its appearance. The new extension, housing a kitchen/living space and master bedroom, shares the material palette and opens up a previously unexplored relationship between the living spaces and the adjacent woodland. Floor to ceiling glazing in the new kitchen brings the presence of the woods into everyday life.
This project was designed as part of Charlie Luxton Design and is set for completion in October 2019.
Pear Tree Cottage
Pear Tree Cottage is a historic Cotswold cottage which we are fully renovating, inlcuding adding rooms to the attic, and also constructing a new garden building connected to the cottage via a glass link.
The cottage is being sympathetically restored using traditional materials including reclaimed natural slate, local Cotswold stone, oak and lead. The new garden building, with a contemporary agriculturally inspired design, remains sensitive and the natural larch cladding sits comfortably with the limestone of the existing house. A fully open corner and external pocket doors will provide a full connection with life in the garden.
This project was designed as part of Charlie Luxton Design and is set for completion in June 2019.
Graven Hill is a large self-build development on the edge of Bicester in Oxfordshire. The first of its kind in the UK. A ‘plot passport’ provides restrictions on height, floor area and a material palette for some plots but otherwise self builders have free rein to design their dream house without the onerousness of a planning application. The result is an emerging community of eclectic buildings!
This house, due to start on site in May 2019 embraces the plot’s east/west orientation and uses the changing light to define spaces and enrich the day-to-day use of the house. Elevating the main sitting room to first floor provides a perfect view of the wooded hill after which the development is named.
A richly textured water-struck brick gives life to the simple sculptural form of the building, and a timber clad undercroft softens and highlights the entrance area.
With high performance triple glazed windows, extremely high levels of insulation, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery, and timber frame construction, we’re trying to offset the construction of the house and energy consumption will be kept to a minimum.
This project was designed as part of Charlie Luxton Design and is due to start onsite in June 2019.