Archive for January, 2013

18 Jan


In Blog,Design by Pete Tonks / January 18, 2013 / 0 Comments

All this talk of extensions got me reminiscing about the near 10 years we have now been working on our place and i guess its kind of finished but as all of you know… “its never finished!”. 

A few pictures below tell a very brief history with important help along the way from friends and our farmer neighbours who were amazing throughout

Brings back some great memories though and gets me itchy to get these hands busy building again!

Hope you enjoy them anyway


18 Jan


In Blog,Design,Oak Frame,Self Build,Timber Frame by Pete Tonks / January 18, 2013 / 0 Comments

Still on the remodel theme, here is another highly ambitious scheme i designed for clients in Oxfordshire in a AHLV (Area of High Landscape Value) so even more chuffed that we got planning fully approved at the end of last year.

The clients have now been working with our good friends at Oakwrights in respect of the structural oak frame and thermal encapsulation system which is a “no-brainer” once you understand the benefits in terms of off-site manufacture and therefore reduced site logistics and also high energy performance, all of which is achieved using naturally sourced insulation materials. 

Looking forward to seeing this one go up later in the year 


18 Jan


In Blog,Design,Oak Frame,Oakwrights,Planning by Pete Tonks / January 18, 2013 / 0 Comments

Can’t believe i have not been able to get to my blog since last September! This thing called work and now a nearly 2 year old daughter seem to get in the way… 

2012 was a good year mainly with lots of projects coming on board and good planning permissions being obtained for clients old and new… I have seen a sharp rise in extensions over the last couple of years and where these were perhaps frowned upon in years gone by, the exact opposite is now the case and some of the projects i have got my hands on are fantastic. I like to call them remodels rather than simply an extension as you really need to think a little outside the box nowadays and go the extra mile in terms of how you add extra space to buildings successfully both in terms of spatial flow and also cohesive architecture.

This project for example is currently in for planning at Babergh District Council in Suffolk and proposes significant extensions (remodels!) in oak frame to a 19th Century linear Suffolk cottage and whilst it would appear ambitious, i have designed it to be complementary to the host dwelling whilst at the same time creating a home that has exciting contemporary open plan layouts and large elements of glazing to promote natural solar gain.

We have a little fight on our hands with the council but i am 100% convinced this is a good scheme which will preserve the life of this house for much longer than it would have been if left to its own devices and ultimately fall into disrepair through neglect. I look forward to updating you further as we go through the planning process with a decision due in March