New Build

Design & Build Cotswolds

A Cotswold-based client required a solution for their ever-growing family. Whilst the property had plenty of space upstairs, there was a need for more living area downstairs. An extension from the kitchen was identified as the most viable option.

The team at Loxwood were asked to quote and design for this project. In identifying the exact site location, the team were at hand to guide and assist the owners through the sometimes tricky, painful and complicated building planning process, especially as the property lies in a Conservation Area.

A gable-end style hardwood conservatory was recommended as the most appropriate design, in-keeping with Cotswold stone properties and the surrounding, rolling Cotswold views as well as sympathetic to the existing property: thus they were able to gain planning approval.

The extension itself incorporates the following:

  1. High specification glazing throughout, to give maximum insulation, strength and incredible amounts of light.
  2. A dwarf wall was incorporated into the design, so furniture can be placed against the low-built wall at the base of the extension, instead of glass and thus not seen from the outside, looking in.
  3. The extension includes a hardwood framed conservatory with an integrated bespoke structural roof.
  4. The windows and door frames were constructed using the Mitre Master application.

The trick, in this particular project, was integrating the two – the mitre master hardwood framed windows and doors with the traditional roof structure. Specialised skills were also necessary to fabricate a special box gutter: a timber structure with glass fibre to marry the conservatory roof with the existing house.

Inside the property, a water-feed underfloor heating system was installed, using a Loxwood preferred supplier, but managed by Loxwood on-site. Traditional oak floors were laid on top, to add warmth, character and enhance the light of the room.

In addition, to allow the longevity of the design and build, thermally broken residential aluminium* windows were installed. The slim profile window frames are in-keeping with the historic lines of the property, energy efficient and importantly low maintenance and long-lasting.

The windows were installed and set in stone surrounds, along with a trio of thermally broken aluminium French doors. The end result is a light, airy, well-insulated family living space, completely in-keeping with the older style of the rest of the property.

 

*Technical note: Whilst sounding inefficient, thermally broken aluminium windows are actually incredibly well-insulated. Aluminium is a great conductor of heat, which means it is a poor insulation in winter time and too hot in warmer climates. In creating a thermal break, usually between the outer frame to the inner frame, thus ‘stops’ the cold or the heat from transferring from one side of the frame to the other.

bespoke kitchen design

Bespoke Joinery Gloucestershire

The team at Loxwood were invited to design a bespoke, upgrade to a dated kitchen. With doors at either end of the kitchen, space was of a premium. The team came up with the following space-saving solutions:

  • A corner hob adds a unique feature to the ergonomic design and gives greater accessibility and flexibility.
  • Use of variable cupboard depths to maximise available space.
  • Note in particular, the custom-built five-tier drawer system.
  • Each cupboard and drawer was individually conceived and planned at Loxwood to tightly fit with the wall space available, but offering great storage space.

A stylish fitted kitchen with integrated cupboards and unique storage space saving solutions was designed to create a well thought out, easy-to-move around, roomy kitchen along with space still for a large dining table.

 

 

A range of timber bespoke timber windows and doors

Timber Windows & Doors Gloucestershire

Once a disused cow shed, this is now a stunning barn conversion, with bespoke timber windows, screens and doors.

The brief to Loxwood was to design and arrange the hardwood doors, windows and screens to give conformity, retain traditional character but allow for a consistency and ‘flow’ to the renovated building.

Loxwood was well-placed to assist with the client’s vision – in converting this series of interconnecting shed space into a bijoux living space at one end and a large, open-plan office area at the other.

Each window and door section of the interconnecting building is quite individual and unique with large window and door areas and smaller, fixed windows.

The challenge was to keep the pre-determined window and door sizes consistent with the traditional appearance and conform to Conservation Area regulations.

In addition, Loxwood had to comply and interpret the architectural drawings received, incorporating a tongue and groove panel effect to the screens. Loxwood had to create a design plan that was authentic and retaining the outbuilding aesthetics whilst ensuring a thermally efficient designed window and door system met modern building regulations.

Originally, traditional joinery methods would have been adopted to create the tongue and groove. However, this method would not meet current building regulations. Loxwood therefore adapted their joinery applications to using one larger, insulated panel and replicating the ‘groove’ effect this way. The result is a well-insulated, stunning, modern  barn conversion with distinction and character.

 

Bespoke Joinery Staircase Design Cheltenham

A contemporary staircase was required for this Cheltenham-based client.  Many of the staircases LoxwoodJoinery are called upon to supply are ‘traditional’ timber designs – often involving unusual space constraints, which make complying with Building Regulations a challenge.

The client simply required a single ‘straight flight’ hardwood staircase, contemporary and minimalist in design in Black American Walnut. This dark timber has a prominent grain pattern, chosen to contrast against the plain, light-coloured walls and other furnishings to give a striking impression within the home.  To increase the visual impact, the client requested no balustrade or handrail – only treads and risers were to be visible.

Sounds straightforward enough? Yet this project was to be far from easy.

Black American Walnut is commercially available but only in limited section sizes and lengths. The staircase was constructed using ‘engineered’ timber sections to provide the component sizes required whilst ensuring strength and stability; great care was employed in matching the timber grain patterns and shades for a uniform appearance.

A unique, concealed jointing technique was devised to ensure the staircase assembly was sufficiently rigid without requiring an outboard stringer – a wall-side stringer, in matching timber, is employed to provide a structural fixing to the wall, additionally serving as a mounting for recessed low-voltage lights which illuminate the treads.

A clear glass balustrade (handrail) was designed by LoxwoodJoinery to fit with both the contemporary, minimalist look the client required whilst ensuring compliance with Building Regulations. The glass panels were specially constructed using toughened glass panes bonded together; computer-controlled machinery was employed to ensure that each of the laminations was an exact match for each part. The glass panels are over 13 mm thick and polished so that the top edge can safely be used as a handrail.

Innovative design with skilled LoxwoodJoinery craftsmanship and close attention to detail resulted in an eye-catching contemporary staircase which we are all proud of!

By the way the stairs are … really awesome. Huge thanks from us…” AH, Cheltenham

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