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    4th Feb 2019

    RAW Potential Cabin - Doing Good with Wood

    Based in Blackbird Leys, RAW workshop does not see itself as a charity or even a social enterprise - rather a commercial organisation with a meaningful mission - ‘to help people become exceptional rather than being the exception’ and to build a social business that thrives on merit, not ...read more

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    30th Jan 2019

    Underground Eco-Haven; The long term efficacy of the ground source heat pump

    In true Grand Designs style, we take the opportunity to re-visit the fabulous Long Crendon Underground House. Since its completion in 2016, Stephen and Neil Bentley-Gockman’s self-designed home has been featured in the Saturday Telegraph’s Property section, with a focus on achieving ...read more

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    29th Jan 2019

    The Mayfield Barn Eco-Vision; in tune with its surroundings without costing the Earth.

    Mayfield was the first in a pair of Dutch barn conversions. The barns are situated in fields just outside the village of Long Crendon, with endless views across the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire countryside. The overall objective was to create two individual but complimentary family homes, each ...read more

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    29th Jan 2019

    Harnessing the Sun’s Rays; Tesla Powerwall makes for sustainable family living.

    In 2018, as part of the extension and renovation to their stunning listed farmhouse, StuartBarr CDR clients over in Dorchester went the extra sustainable mile. They were keen to ensure that their family home was achieving the lowest possible carbon footprint and as such turned to the latest in ...read more

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    19th Nov 2018

    Principal Contractor Case Study; Expanding the Misbourne Horizon

    Each principal contractor project at StuartBarr CDR is very much a test of team-work, from the planning stages and right through the build. The 12 months of extension, re-modelling and renovation works at Chestnut Ridge was no exception. With up to ten contracting companies on site at any one time, ...read more

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    13th Nov 2018

    The Open Book Approach; an ever more popular build choice.

    For every construction project there are many potential ways to build. The Barr Group ethos is to put the client at the forefront of everything we do and when that principle applied to the build process there is certainly no ‘one size fits all’. At Woodland Road our client was keen to ...read more

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    12th Nov 2018

    Otterly Farmhouse; The sustainable product of a creative clan

    Sometimes a place just belongs to itself – everything adds up – and then you hear the story behind it and understand why. Set in a wild and delicate area of outstanding natural beauty and architectural heritage, Otterly Farmhouse and its grounds needed careful handling and fortunately ...read more

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    27th Jun 2018

    Contemporary Curves meet 18C Stone - doing things differently in design and build

    When architect, Brain Tracey designed a glass room, for his own home, he was not afraid to challenge the norms. A partner at Leslie Jones Architecture, Brian is no stranger to designing with a difference. His award-winning commercial works, as well as postgraduate qualifications in project ...read more

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    25th Sep 2018

    Our London Design Week ‘Hot’ List

    London Design Week last week celebrated the great and the good of the British and International design world. With a stunning new collection of raw fleece wall hangings and rugs, the Mourne Textiles set made us look... and feel! Based on an original 1970's rug design, created by the master weaver ...read more

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    12th Sep 2018

    Head over Heels about Ply – Material of the Modern World

    Ply based interiors projects, like this one by David Money architects (featured in April 2018 Living etc.), have led the current trend in naked ply interiors. Stripped back and simple, ply is both strong and versatile, with the potential to build pretty much anything - ceilings, wall cladding, ...read more

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