With 2022 drawing to a close the time seemed apt to take a look back at our achievements over the past year. We took some time to interview Ashleigh Clarke, our Founder, and Lead Architect and asked him about some of his favourite and most challenging moments of 2022.
What would you say has been your greatest achievement or accomplishment in the practice this year?
There have been a number of standout residential projects which have completed or are nearing completion over the past year, of which we are immensely proud.
Extensions to a Detached Cotswold Stone Home
We were commissioned by our clients to design this ambitious side and rear extension for their beautiful detached home. The use of Cotswold stone ensured that the new extension is in keeping with and sympathetic to the original part of the house, while the contemporary frameless glazed panels flood the interior spaces with light and create breathtaking views of the surrounding gardens. On the front elevation, the house is very balanced, following the roof pitch lines of the existing house but on the rear elevation, a flat roof is hidden and expands the entirety of the side extension to allow for a large living space connected to the rear garden that you wouldn’t know is there. We love how we have achieved this large space that meets our client’s needs but the feature we are most proud of is the large full-width glazing and the glazed panel feature above the doors which provides a sleek contemporary design and carefully hides the flat roof behind. This contrast between contemporary and traditional design has worked really well and provided a beautiful aesthetic.
Alterations to a Grade II Listed Barn, Cotswolds
We loved creating this beautiful design for this stunning Grade II Listed Barn Conversion which is nearing completion. Our design featured details such as conservation roof lights and casement windows, with internal features including a beautiful centralised fireplace, stone flooring and reclaimed oak beams, effortlessly combining original features with modern design, to create a beautiful family home.
Extension to a Cotswold Stone Cottage, Oxfordshire
We developed a functional, yet beautiful design for this Cotswolds stone cottage extension which is nearing completion. We are particularly proud of the clever use of glass and a gabled roof to flood the living space with light whilst maximising the views of the surrounding gardens and countryside.
Conversion of Outbuildings and Extension to Detached Oxfordshire Home
We created a stunning design for this property which is nearing completion. The project involved the conversion of a number of red brick outbuildings and the installation of a contemporary glass link extension to flood the connecting space with light and allow for breathtaking views of the landscaped gardens which surround this beautiful property. Our design included the conversion of a number of outbuildings into a one-bedroom annexe and ensuite bathroom, a leisure complex comprising of a pool room, gym, games room, changing rooms and entertainment space, and works to include a new outdoor swimming pool.
In addition over the past year, we have also successfully obtained planning permission for some extremely complex projects situated within both the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Conservation Areas.
What has been the most challenging aspect of 2022?
Without a doubt, the current financial climate has impacted a number of aspects of taking on projects and in particular building costs which have risen sharply.
What has motivated you in 2022?
As always, creating beautiful architectural designs for our clients and to continue to grow our Cotswolds-based practice.
What trends do you predict in architectural terms for 2022?
In recent years, creating beautiful, light-filled living spaces has been a priority so we expect to see this trend continue as well as the desire for open-plan living. Combining traditional features such as oak framework and Cotswold stone with contemporary design features with extensive glazing and metal framework will also continue to prevail as a trend into 2023.
What’s your vision for Ashleigh Clarke Architects in 2022?
To continue to grow and lead the way forward in Cotswolds architecture, meeting new clients and taking on exciting projects whilst helping people to achieve their dream homes.