Contemporary House gets planning approval

CGI image of proposed house

CGI image of proposed house

A modern house in a village that planning officers had said should be refused panning permission was approved almost unanimously - to the relief and pleasure of neighbours and nearby residents.

A number of people from the village of Stanton Fitzwarren were present in the council chamber to support the application to build the house

Although the site of the planned house was within the development area of the village, it is also within the village's conservation area and planning officers had recommended that councillors refuse the scheme because they felt the modern nature of the house was not in keeping with the surroundings.

The report said: "The site is in close proximity to the important junction experienced as part of an area designated as "an area with distinct identity." To the north of the site is North Farm Barn, and the

Farmhouse, both Grade II listed buildings. Given the relationship of the site to the listed buildings, it is considered that the site will have an impact upon the setting of these listed buildings."

But 19 neighbours had written letters of support to the application with only one neighbour objection.

Gary Hopson, who lives next door to the site wrote: "The proposed building would be of no detriment to the area and has design strengths -and the building's green credentials bid for minimal impact which is so sadly overlooked by local developers.

"I'm in 100 per cent support for this project and hope for more to come in the near future."

Stanton Fitzwarren Parish Council also supported the proposal.

It was passed by nine votes to just one against.

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Recently completed project now for sale

This was a listed building now completely refurbished-Listed building  New windows,heating,electrics  New rear extension  New timber garage  New landscaping  Photographs below show property prior to total refurbishment

This was a listed building now completely refurbished-Listed building

New windows,heating,electrics

New rear extension

New timber garage

New landscaping

Photographs below show property prior to total refurbishment

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Snowy days !

Newly completed house in Berkshire which is looking good in the snow. Dog not included.


Planning consent in historical conservation area.

A hard-fought planning consent has recently been achieved for these two dwellings in a small historical hamlet near Swindon. One is a replacement dwelling for an existing 'tired' house, and the other is a substantial barn-type house that replaces a redundant modern agricultural barn.



New dwelling in Wiltshire Village

Planning consent was recently granted for this contemporary-style split level cottage on a steeply sloping, edge of village location.

......Always very rewarding when the decision on these 'marginal' proposals goes the right way(!)

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Peppercombe Urchfont

Very pleased to see that our client's development of five family houses is coming to fruition and selling well.

Brochure image: Strakers, Devizes

Brochure image: Strakers, Devizes

From sketch to realisation

Before and after transformation-conversion of barn and creation of new link to Grade 2 listed cottage


What do we do?

Potential clients often ask what type of work do we undertake, so I thought it might be helpful to give an overview of our work in housing.

  • we design new homes for all tastes, modern, traditional, eco-friendly, and probably most important, family friendly. We take into account the site and maximise its potential so that clients can feel that they have the house they want that suits their needs and looks great!

  • we design exciting extensions which enhance the the existing building and add value to the property.

  • we add basements, attic rooms, granny annexes, disabled needs extensions, swimming pools, tennis courts, stables and games rooms.

  • we convert barns into wonderful family homes.

We have a wealth of clients who will endorse my statements above. Contact us and we can always get a reference from past clients .

We also undertake commercial work, residential developments, medical centres and a great deal of equestrian work.

New house gains planning permission in Sherborne St John.

Architect and partner Andrew Klemz has gained planning application for this new house in Sherborne St John.  Our clients comments below:

‘we found you both very creative and professional which combined with your friendly and supportive personality meant that working together with you was a great experience and hence producing a great design’.

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Detailed planning permission was granted by Wiltshire Council for a replacement dwelling plus garaging and annexe accomodation on a very sensitive rural site.  Our very happy clients are intending to build their new home this year. The images show the existing chalet bungalow and the proposed principal elevation.


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The Lamb Public House became redundant in the early 2000’s, slowly deteriorating, remaining uninhabited until recently when MWA gained consent for a change of use to a veterinary practice headquarters.  Conversion of the building was undertaken by a local contractor and Lambourn Equine Vets moved in on schedule earlier this month.

They retained the old pub sign , refurbishing it, as can be seen in the foreground

the project has been a huge success and would like to thank you all for your part in that”

.Caroline George -partner Lambourn Equine Vets


Exciting proposals for a barn conversion

Our brief initially was to obtain consent for a barn conversion at the edge of their property with a view to marketing the barn with the benefit of planning permission for the purchasers to convert.  Subsequent to gaining planning consent, we had computer generated images created to illustrate the completed conversion -  having seen the result, our clients have decided to sell their house and carry out the barn conversion for themselves.

A celebration of 30 years in business

We have had some photos taken to celebrate 30 years in business of our staff and partners. We would like to thank all our staff over the years and especially all our clients for helping to make successful buildings in Berkshire, Hampshire,  Wiltshire and Oxfordshire, plus a few further afield including the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides!


Before and After Extension

The NW half of a former Victorian school  had various incongruous additions and was in need of restoration and renovation.  This provided an opportunity to also reconfigure and extend the property to take best advantage of its setting.  Work was completed in late 2016.

We get Planning Approvals!!

We thought it was about time to blow our own trumpet  and celebrate that in 2016 we achieved 75 planning approvals from West Berkshire Planning with only 5 refusals! Not bad going! We also have a fantastic record in Wiltshire and Basingstoke & Dean.