Tag Archives: Architecture

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.

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.