New project start! We’ve not announced one of these for some time, despite having a number of exciting projects start this year. This grade II listed cottage in the heart of an Oxfordshire village is loved by the community. Next to it sits an unsightly and poorly built garage. The owner is looking to replace the garage with a new building of a much higher quality design and performance, to provide additional ancillary accommodation, including much needed home working space.

The new building will have a contrasting contemporary design, to avoid any pretence that it was an original building. However, care will be taken to ensure it is discreet, remains sensitive to the cottage, and fits in with the wider village scene. It will do this by taking cues from the cottage and village in its overall form and choice of materials. Energy efficiency and ecological impact will be of the utmost importance, using the fabric first approach and a low impact material palette.

We’re developing the design with client and contractor to ensure that ecological impact and buildability are considered from the outset. Talk to us if you’re looking for a specialist architect for your project.