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Maintain Traditions – architecture, design and the local vernacular

Category: Conversion Design Advice November 9th, 2010 by mbc

Consider the local vernacular. When converting or renovating you’ll already have a great reference point in the building itself and others close-by of a similar age.

So, in East Anglia, a wheat straw thatched roof is a appropriate choice just as are brick and flint walls in Wiltshire or a cross-over slate lintel on a house in North Wales.

Of course your local planning office may have differing opinions, having decided on a local ‘style’ – rendered walls with stone corners for example, that is not actually in keeping with the local vernacular at all … don’t forget to pick your fights wisely …

Snippets on MBC

Rather than my usual wordy ramblings I thought I’d challenge myself to come up with some short gems of (throw-away) advice on how I think you should go about a conversion… Snippets …this is one!

If you enjoyed that post, then read these…

The trouble with barn conversions
I suppose that I’ve been avoiding writing this post for quite some time, probably since not long after we started work on the barn and this blog.

tag: ‘planners

Sketchup
I’ve been dabbling with Google Sketchup recently.

tag: ‘design

The Stirling prize 2012
Although high brow architecture prizes aren’t my usual territory, I think that this years Stirling prize has some exciting projects on the shortlist.

tag: ‘Architecture

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  1. The trouble with barn conversions | my barn conversion Says:

    […] changes (new openings, an extension, a new roof etc.) these will need to be in keeping with the local vernacular and more importantly your local planning departments vision of how the local vernacular should now […]

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