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House in the woods

 Our client’s purchased this 1950’s property for its setting despite their dislike for the house itself! We worked with them to develop a scheme involving substantial extensions and structural alterations as well as landscape interventions. The side extension houses a generous, top-lit, open-plan kitchen and dining area whilst the rear extension provides a comfortable master bedroom suite with a private rooftop terrace overlooking the woodland setting that originally ‘sealed the deal’!

External Terrace

 This small project makes a big impact! This property has access to particularly impressive vistas but, frustratingly, the former arrangement didn’t allow our client to enjoy the setting fully. We devised a scheme to alter and extend the existing, narrow, raised patio with a circular layout forming an external dining area.
The cylindrical form is wrapped in larch to sympathetically contrast with stonework which features heavily in the original building. A helical stone staircase, beautifully built by H.A Briddon of Tansley, leads to an external lower terrace providing further entertaining space for maximum enjoyment of the gardens and wider landscape.

The Homestead

 A fast flowing watercourse that runs past the house provided an interesting challenge to what was otherwise a fairly straightforward brief! Our response was a glass-enclosed ‘floating’ bridge over the watercourse to more functional utility and bathroom spaces. The extension reads as a garden pavilion, providing an impressive entrance courtyard and improved access to a peaceful, leafy garden beyond.

Sydnope Stand

 It’s not every day we get asked to design an extension to a castle!!!! Pre-application discussions with planning and conservation officers proved lengthy given that the former hunting lodge is within the original curtilage of the listed Sydnope Hall.


The modern extension is cut into the sloping site and appears subservient to the host building. The verticality of the façade treatment reflects the dense woodland surrounding the extension and views out of the living and bedroom spaces give the feeling of being in the tree canopy. A feature plywood wall brings the woodland inside.

Camping pod

 We call it the 'Jabba'! It is a partially pre-fabricated, modular building which is being let out on an existing campsite in the Peak District.

The design allows the building to be assembled quickly and relatively easily, and the size can be reduced or increased to suit a variety of purposes such as a garden office/studio, a bird hide or an outdoor classroom.

The 'Jabba' is clad in rough sawn larch but many other materials could be used including slate, wriggly tin etc.

Our Approach

 Every project is unique but we have evolved a way of working which seems to suit most, but not all of our projects.

Initial meeting

We always meet our clients and visit them wherever their project is, not in the office.

Developing a brief

We listen to our clients and together we formulate a brief which is equally about hopes and aspirations as well as physical needs.

Preparing a proposal

We will then spend some time setting out how we would approach the project. The proposal will be detailed and will include practical things such as how we would manage time, cost and the approvals process but will also highlight opportunities to make the most of the site and setting and how to make the project as sustainable as possible.

We always prefer to present this proposal personally and we do not charge for this initial consultation.