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Urban design in your home

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Graffiti isn’t just about tagging and scribbles on the bike shed anymore – the best street art is colourful, inspiring and embodies the spirit of its geographical location. You can commission a brilliant, unique piece that will transform a humdrum space. From the streets to the home Big cities like…

Victorian kitchens

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Clean, warm and full of shining utensils: a modern take on the Victorian kitchen gives you all the pleasure with none of the toil. We can help you build a period kitchen with style, class and comfort. If you have a Victorian home and want to make the kitchen the…

External cladding: Larch and lime

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Now the straw walls of our eco-classroom at Castle Hill School have had their first coat of lime render, it’s time for the cladding. We’re using Scottish-grown larch boards – a durable hardwood which will naturally mature over time to an attractive silvery grey. Other parts of the building have…

Cosy cob reading nooks

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One lovely feature of our straw bale eco classroom is the creation of two cosy reading nooks. They’re made from cob, a mixture of clay, straw and aggregate (more on cob here) and are specially designed so that children can curl up inside with a good book. They’re not yet…

Cool lighting to transform a space

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The nights are drawing in and you’re going to be reaching for that light switch earlier and earlier. Make your home a source of inspiration with cool lighting in bright colours and distinctive shapes. I’m a total sucker for a beautiful light fitting. The right choice can make you feel…

Create a cosy window seat

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Do you have a window that feels a bit unloved? Perhaps it’s a bay window, or in an overlooked corner. A cosy window seat is a great way to make the most of that lovely natural light, while giving you a quiet nook to curl up in. Choosing your window…

A page from history – bubble houses

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The really breaktaking thing about architecture is just how much is possible if you have the creativity and determination to do it. The story of the bubble house shows just how innovative architecture can be. If you haven’t already, I would recommend checking out the podcast 99% Invisible with Roman…

How to brighten up a dark room

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There’s enough gloominess in the world without letting it into your home – kick out the shadows with these top tips on how to brighten up a dark room. Let the light in It sounds obvious but if there’s a way to let more light into a room, that could…

Straw bale classroom: Lime render and clay plaster

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Our straw bale classroom at Castle Hill School is really starting to take shape now! The walls are up, the roof is on, and it’s time to start covering the walls. Externally, we’re using a lime render to protect the building from the elements. Lime is often used on straw bale…

INNO-THERM / Metisse recycled denim insulation

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Our straw bale classroom has all kinds of eco-friendly features on top of the straw itself, from non-toxic clay plaster surfaces to low-impact cob reading nooks. Another way we’re reducing the classroom’s impact on the environment is through the floor and ceiling insulation: INNO-THERM/Metisse is a unique insulation material which is made from…

 

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