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    28th Mar 2018

    Behind the Scenes with Fiona Parke - Interior Designer for Russet House

    Fiona Parke, talented and industrious, is living proof that if you want to get something done ask a busy person. In fact, tracking her down for an informal chat was something of a feat in itself. Having spent a week trying to catch up with each other, an email pops up “Do you want to call me ...read more

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    28th Mar 2018

    Casa-Esporles settles into the Serra de Tramuntana mountainside

    After two years of feverish activity Casa-Esporles has settled serenely into the Serra de Tramuntana mountainside. Its low profile and multi-level habitation lends itself to the rolling landscape. Embraced by a clutch of dry stone walls, the property mirrors the ‘marges’ of the rural ...read more

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    28th Mar 2018

    RIBA Henley Design Day; a feast of architectural & design based expertise

    On a rainy Saturday in mid-March, a raincoat cladded but undeterred Barr Group joined local architects and designers for the 6th annual RIBA Henley Design Day. Covering the wider area of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, Henley Design Day is always a great opportunity to meet local ...read more

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    28th Mar 2018

    A Slice Of England - India Hicks' Oxfordshire family retreat

    Tuesday of this week saw the UK launch of India Hicks’ new book ‘A Slice of England’: a personal account of the fabulous properties which have shaped her own architectural leanings since childhood. A follow-up to her New York Times bestselling book, 'India Hicks: Island Style', ...read more

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    7th Feb 2018

    A fitting approach to an iconic Oxford University institution.

    The term “disabled ramps” in building conjures up images of plastic “hi-viz” monstrosities. When the building concerned is a stunning piece of Oxford University’s heritage one would imagine that the result could significantly detract from the architecture of the ...read more

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    7th Feb 2018

    Annex Appeal: the ultimate answer to extra space.

    As the way we live changes, so do the requirements of our homes. The luxury of a separate teen hang-out, games room, guest annex, fitness studio or even an artist gallery can provide the ultimate solution to modern living. Add to this more people working from home and increased requirement for ...read more

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    5th Feb 2018

    Unrecognisable transformation; from 1950's pebble dash to contemporary cedar clad idyll

    There is something very satisfying about a project where the finished property is utterly unrecognisable from the original structure – particularly when all stakeholders are completely satisfied with the end result. On the main thoroughfare in the Oxfordshire village of Freeland one property ...read more

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    18th Dec 2017

    Only six more sleeps; the most Christmassy things to do in our wonderful part of the country

    Through 2017 Barr Group projects have extended across Oxon, Berks and Bucks, with hotspots in Great Missenden, Tring, Marlow, Henley, Wallingford, North Oxford, Thame and their surrounding villages… not to mention some great commercial and designer projects in London. What a fabulous ...read more

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    17th Dec 2017

    An inspirational tour with Inge Watrobski, the design mind behind Thame’s Black Horse.

    On Thursday afternoon, the Barr Group newsletter team were given a privileged preview of the White Brasserie company’s newest addition: The Black Horse in Thame. The staff were busy putting final touches in place. Inge Watrobski, White Brassieres Design and Brand Manager took time to walk and ...read more

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    13th Dec 2017

    The Christmas styling photo shoot is fast becoming a Barr Group seasonal tradition

    Roughly a year after completion of any major project, the StuartBarr CDR team returns to site to rectify any issues which may have arisen over time. This convention also gives us a wonderful excuse to return the property (with client’s permission of course) to capture photographs of parts of ...read more

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