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Renovating Crowsteps has been a fantastic learning process for us as architects, forcing us to consider how a 1970’s property can be cost effectively transformed and enhanced from a sustainability perspective. We have project managed this renovation, which has been a brilliant hands on experience in clever phasing, time management and intelligent specification. More importantly as a family we have road tested a fantastic home and discovered what truly works and what gives us comfort and moments of joy. We now enjoy investing that wealth of experience in projects for our lovely clients.

– K&A
Newbury, Berkshire

Dramatic renovation, exterior makeover and extension of 1970s Newbury home

Kate’s own 1970s property and Absolute Architecture’s studio base, Crowsteps, wasn’t much to look at, but it was in a beautifully private town centre location that was perfect for living and working.

The challenge key challenges were to open up the house to the lovely gardens, create family living spaces that would truly stand the test of time, and provide an adaptable environment that would suit home living as well as a workspace for the Absolute Architecture team.

Location: Newbury, Berkshire

Materials: The house is rendered with a new contemporary brick extension to the front. The clay roof and timber detailing add warmth. Internally a soft and neutral palette provide the perfect background for family life and interesting collections of furniture and artefacts. The landscaping is also key, softening the building into the environment.

Clever aspects: The house is insulated externally, creating a warm and airtight skin. The open hallway and steel and glass staircase retain views of the gardens from all areas of the house and open up space vertically. It’s the perfect space to entertain, dance and even skate board!

Friends on the project: As Absolute Architecture is experienced in construction project management, we self-project managed this build. Key partners on the project were:

  • Ben Heath created the stunning kitchen
  • UK Bathroom warehouse supplied the sanitaryware
  • Janine Pattison Studios designed the soft landscaping to complete the home

Whilst too numerous to mention, we do want to thank all of our regular suppliers and trades for their help on this home.

We love: Living and working in this house – it’s fab! We have so much space to grow, come together and be apart. The house adapts and we can adapt with it as the children get older and the needs of Absolute Architecture evolve.

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ABSOLUTE ARCHITECTURE

Providing the tailored support and services to see homes all the way through their transformation, Absolute Architecture are the go-to residential architecture business for ambitious dream homes that require a little extra creativity, inspiration or planning expertise. We are a RIBA Chartered Practice based in Newbury, Berkshire. Absolute Architecture serves Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and surrounding areas.

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Phone

01635 528188

Email

mail@absolute-architecture.co.uk

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Absolute Architecture
Crowsteps
Tydehams
Newbury, Berkshire
RG14 6JT

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We contacted Absolute Architecture as we were undecided as to whether to totally reconfigure our existing home or demolish it and start afresh. From our initial meeting Kate was knowledgeable and practical in her approach to our dilemma and we took the decision to new build. It was extremely important to us that the new build, whilst meeting our accommodation needs should also be in keeping with its environment and our budget. Kate offered several different design options and we opted for a linear building which we felt suited the site. The building construction and materials suggested by Kate has ensured the building has blended well into its environment and offers us a comfortable, practical, energy efficient home which we continue to be delighted with and we would not hesitate in recommending the services of Absolute Architecture.

– S&P
Newbury, Berkshire

 

Green architecture new build for a canal side cottage in Newbury, Berkshire

With a flood threatened historic cottage on an island site on the Kennet & Avon Canal, this family approached Absolute Architecture to help them come up with a solution for their home. The property in its current state was terrible to live in but loved by many, especially those passing by on the canal.

After discussing their options and creating architecture design concepts, the solution was to design a new, light weight timber framed cottage. This way it could be craned over and assembled on a piled raft. The form and materials are simple, drawing on the time-honoured techniques and materials of the surrounding boat yard.

Location: Kennet & Avon Canal in Newbury, Berkshire

Materials: The decision was made to clad the new build in western red cedar, so the cottage would weather naturally and blend with the environment. The zinc roof and some grey flecked brickwork completes an honest palette of materials.

Clever aspects: This is a cosy cottage and is built to enhanced code for sustainable homes level 4 standards. It is all heated by a water source heat pump tucked in below the canal banks.

Friends on the project:  Greenham Construction worked with us to build this project, combining craftsmanship and logistical astuteness to manage a difficult building site.

We love: The way this building is aging and settling in to its environment as if it has always been there. The new build of Greenham Lock Cottage is now held in equal affection with canal goers and is a landmark on this historic route.

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ABSOLUTE ARCHITECTURE

Providing the tailored support and services to see homes all the way through their transformation, Absolute Architecture are the go-to residential architecture business for ambitious dream homes that require a little extra creativity, inspiration or planning expertise. We are a RIBA Chartered Practice based in Newbury, Berkshire. Absolute Architecture serves Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Oxfordshire and surrounding areas.

CONTACT US 

Phone

01635 528188

Email

mail@absolute-architecture.co.uk

Office

Absolute Architecture
Crowsteps
Tydehams
Newbury, Berkshire
RG14 6JT