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barn to convert

Should we buy a barn to convert into a dwelling?

Here is a real story that might help you decide if you should buy a barn to convert.... Jake and ...
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HHbR Copper Lane cohousing terrace

Co-housing series 3: Working Together

Co-housing doesn't have to mean living in each other's pockets - it's about the spirit of co-operation This is the ...
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Lancaster cohousing terraces

Co-housing series 2: Sharing Resources

Sharing resources creates both financial and environmental benefits in co-housing This is the second part of the Co-housing blog series, ...
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Springhill cohousing Architype

Co-housing series 1: Designing a Community

At Home but Not Alone In my previous blog, "5 Designs that Challenge our British Perceptions of Home", I touched ...
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self build eco house

The benefits and drawbacks of pre-fabricating your dream home

Have you considered using pre-fabrication as a method for building your own home? Germany has been at the forefront of ...
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The benefits of using an architect on a Gravenhill self-build or elsewhere

Thinking of building a Gravenhill Self-Build? Here's how to save money and reduce stress... It's finally happening!  You've found your ...
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Contemporary Vernacular Design - How British Housing can Rediscover its Soul

5 Designs that Challenge our British Perceptions of “Home”

While researching abroad, Clare discovered that no matter what culture you live in, our needs from a home are quite similar ...
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Barn Conversion Oxfordshire

The Community Infrastructure Levy and what it means for self-builders and barn conversions

A piece of legislation has recently been adopted by South Northamptonshire and South Oxfordshire district councils affecting certain developments that ...
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contemporary vernacular housing development

A Contemporary Vernacular Housing Development Design

Clare speaking about how vernacular architecture can inspire good quality modern housing design using interesting case studies from her book: ...
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AECB Conference 2016

The AECB conference 2016 was held at the UK’s greenest building - The University of East Anglia Enterprise Centre designed ...
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