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Beautiful Barn Conversion, Dorchester
Toners Puddle Farm, Dorset
We love the look of this newly converted barn conversion in Turnerspuddle, Dorchester, which we have just entered into the LABC 2017 awards in the 'Best Change of Use of an Existing Building or Conversion' category.
This conversion of a former milking parlour into a new…
Sandley Lodge Complete! Gillingham
Today saw the opening and official completion of Sandley Lodge, Gillingham. A few of the team who worked on the design and conservation of this Grade II Listed building went along for a tour of the finished product. We particularly like the handmade, clay roof tiles which were made just down the road in Salisbury!
A beautifully appointed and detailed build that was snapped up and the new owners who are now looking forward to making it their own.
A few team members visited the newly completed Wood Close in the Purbecks, Dorset, last week to undertake the final snagging. Snagging is the process of inspection necessary to compile a list of minor defects or omissions in building works for the contractor to rectify.
The clients will be moving in within the next two weeks, and we will look forward to seeing some internal shots when the new contemporary home is furnished.
On Site at The Lake House, Wales
This exciting project on the coast of Wales is progressing well. This modern holiday let is largely completed with both the cedar cladding and slate roof having been installed. The house has fantastic lake, sea and beach views through a large double height gable window.
Approved early last year, this project near Bridport is really starting to take shape. The application was to split the existing domestic curtilage and on the site of two large poultry shed, creating a new contemporary dwelling.
The proposal was traditional in form, with a pitched…
Site Visit to Stubhampton, Dorset
Stubhampton Manor Farm
Today our students made the most of the sunshine with a visit to the Stubhampton Manor Farm Site. The project involves the re-modelling of an existing bungalow and a new detached home. Both builds are running alongside each other and the progress is impressive.
We are over the moon with our most recently completed commercial project for Arena Business Centre, Farnborough. As with our previous collaborations with Arena Business Centres, the existing brutalist office was in need of TLC and modernisation. Our design used panels of coloured glass to transform the facade, reflecting on an ecclesiatical theme. The building was originally maintained by Benedictine Monks from nearby St. Michael's Abbey. The entrance and lobby areas have been converted with glazing and zinc facades and now offer a bright and fresh work environment.
WDA are happy to see Laurel Farm on site and underway, we look forward to the oak frame arriving in the New Year.
Jess and Phil visited Bonfields Quarry in the Purbecks to choose stone for the external and internal walls for the new house being built just across the road at Wood Close with Matrod Frampton.
This is a real cottage industry operated by Stan Bonfield.Bonfields have been quarrying in this part of Purbeck since the 15th century and the current Bonfields quarry business has been passed down from Father to Son since the 17th century.
There are several different beds with a variety of stones to delight Architects and clients alike. Some of them will take a polish to make hearths etc.
"I liken stone quarrying to fishing, it’s the last building material that you actually hunt." PE.
Spring Cottage, Okeford Fitzpaine
On site Construction
Once a historic chapel, this property was developed into a residence in 2011. Western Design Architects were then appointed in 2014 to extend the converted chapel residence with a two storey timber extension and a glass link.
Spring Cottage is one of Western Design Architects’ most memorable projects owing to the prolonged negotiations endured with the local planning authority as well as several structural impediments that were unearthed during the building regulations application and construction processes.
Three Little Pigs, Milton Abbas
On site Construction
Western Design Architects are now close to completion on this single storey extension at Milton Abbas. With natural slate roof and traditional lime render, this is a sympathetic addition to the listed property.
Blackberry Farm has recently been granted planning permission and will soon be starting on site, creating a rear extension and separate garage to this Grade II listed house. The extension extends out from just beneath the existing thatch of the 1960’s extension. It will be subservient to the original dwelling in its scale, and contrasting roofing materials will make clear the divide between old and new.
New Farmhouse nearing completion
Wellwood Farm, Beaminster
Construction of Wellwood Farm is almost finished. This traditional style manor house is located in Beaminster and is a beautiful site with far reaching views. It has come a long way form the initial sketches and we are very pleased to see it finally taking shape.
These two new contemporary houses are currently under construction and due to be finished very soon. Their striking form sits proudly on this road, which provides great views of Poole Harbour and further afield.
This family house responds to the features of the sloping site and respects the wider context of the conservation area whilst proposing an ecologically sustainable design that exceeds expectations of the modern family.
The concept was developed with the idea of making the Poplar beyond a focal point in the background. To do this, the building mass was split to enable views through the dwelling. This fractured mass also helps to diminish the appearance of mass and bulk, thus making the new dwelling appear smaller.
This was a conversion of a bungalow into contemporary house situated in North East London. An extra floor on the house as well as a single storey indoor space within the regenerated garden enhances views out to sea and provides a higher quality living environment respectively.