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    14th Mar 2018

    RIBA Henley Design Day; Saturday 17th March; a date in the diary for Creativity & Design

    The Barr Group are delighted to be joining local architects and design focused organisations this weekend at the 6th annual RIBA Henley Design Day. Covering the wider area of Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire, Henley Design Day is a great opportunity to meet local experts in architecture, ...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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    15th Nov 2017

    A bijoux garden extension … so much more than just a dog room!

    When our client contacted us she had an idea, some functional requirements and a sound Pinterest board! Our client was looking for a multifunctional garden space and has kindly let us share her initial email to ‘Direct to Client’ Construction Director Chris Noonan: Hi Chris, Would ...read more

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    15th Nov 2017

    Raising the 'Barr'; a tailored build service for each and every client

    Every build has its own very individual design and specification process, as well as timeline and budgetary requirements. All three elements critically impact the way each project should be planned and executed – and for that reason, building contracts need to be as varied and unique as the ...read more

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    13th Nov 2017

    Form meets function at the Byrnes Lab; a creative and progressive meeting of minds.

    If you are familiar with the Barr Group you will know that we always embrace a project with a difference! The creation of the new Byrnes Lab (a StuartBarr CDR - BarrJoinery collaboration) had individuality of form and function written all over it. Designed from top to toe as a close collaboration ...read more

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