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PLANNING APPROVAL

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HOLYHEAD

December 2023

Great to received planning approval for Rhyd Caradog. The client has already begun the extensive renovation and we are now preparing the building regulation drawings for the extension.

TIMBER CLADDING

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SNOWDONIA

December 2023

The timber cladding went up quickly at  Cae Wllf. At this rate they will be in for Christmas!

BUILDING REGULATIONS FOR CABIN

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GWYNEDD

November 2023

We've completed our building regulation drawings for Erw Fair. Now it is time to get the structural engineer on board. looking forward to tendering this one in the next year.

NEW PROJECT

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CAERNARFON

December 2023

This is our third project on this patch. We will undertake a full renovation and small extension.

WORKS NEAR COMPLETION

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MENAI BRIDGE

November 2023

Just the balcony balustrade to go and then all is done at Min Y Mor. It has been an extensive renovation and extension project, but all worth it when you have a site by the estuary like this.

HOUSE EXTENSION PLANNING APPROVAL

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GWYNEDD

November 2023

Planning approval for Erw Fair. Another project that has been in the client's family for three generations. We have extended the house to create an additional bedroom and living area. We have also designed a garden office secluded within a copse of trees.

NEW PROJECT

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GWYNEDD

November 2023

Excited to get going on this project renovation and extension. We will undertake a deep internal retrofit to improve the insulation and airtightness, so the house is no longer cold and damp.

HOUSE EXTENSION PLANNING APPROVAL

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LLANDDONA, ANGLESEY

November 2023

Planning approval for Awel Mon. We have extended to the rear to create a larger kitchen-diner that opens up the views towards the garden and the sea beyond.

HOUSE EXTENSION PLANNING APPROVAL

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HARLECH, WALES

November 2023

Planning approval for Swn Y Dwr. A simple side extension and full renovation of this coastal property. What a location!

SIPS ARRIVE ON SITE

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SNOWDONIA

November 2023

The day has finally come for the Structurally Insulated Panels (SIPs) to be installed at  Cae Wllf. The Timber Cooperative arrived with a crane and created a weather tight extension in just 3 days.

BARN CONVERSION PLANNING APPROVAL

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GWYNEDD

October 2023

Planning approval for Dyffryn Barn. The barn has been in the client's family for three generations and had fallen into disrepair. They wanted to maintain the existing character, so we made subtle interventions to bring this property back to life.

LANDSCAPING COMPLETE AT PENTRANS

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ANGLESEY

October 2023

We were passing by and saw the garden was in bloom, so we couldn't help but capture a few photos of Pentrans. We made a short video you can check out on the Pentrans project page.

TREETOPS CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

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WALES

October 2023

A productive site visit to Treetops. The roof sheathing will be installed next week and the home will start to become watertight.

WILD SWIMMING

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WALES

October 2023

You'll find us come rain or sunshine and in all seasons, wild swimming around North Wales. The perfect way to start the weekend.

CHEESE FACTORY ON RADIO 4

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WALES

October 2023

Carrie Rimes was on Radio 4 this week talking about running the Chesse Factory, Llanethdy Gwyn. Find out more about her project here.

TY CELYN EXTENSION

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NORTH WALES

October 2023

It is great to see Ty Celyn extension almost complete. It is such a calm and reflective space. We also created a short video starring Chris, which you can see on the project page.

TIMBER COOP MODEL

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NORTH WALES

September 2023

A sketch of the timber frame model created by the Timber Coop for Cae Wllf. Every timber component has been modelled in 3D. This is turned into a schematic, to which the extension is assembled from.

WOOD KNOWLEDGE WALES FACTORY TOUR

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CHIRK

September 2023

Great to join our friends at WKW for a factory tour of Kronospan, to see how OSB, MDF and a wood chip boards are made on such a grand scale. Their products can be recycled 7 times.

TIMBER COOP JOISTS

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NORTH WALES

September 2023

The final touches to the timber joists for Cae Wllf. The extension is due to be erected in the next few weeks.

HOUSE RENOVATION PROGRESS

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BETHESDA

September 2023

The porch is ready to be rendered at Yr Hen Ladd-dy. Chris has just laid the underfloor heating in preparation for the screed.

NEW PROJECT

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LLANBERIS

September 2023

New extension project near Llanberis. Just look at that view over the lake!

KITCHEN-DINER PROGRESS

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WEST KIRBY

September 2023

Progress photos at Victoria Road. Just the flooring and a few final touches to go.

SUMMER VIBES

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BEAUMARIS

August 2023

Hope you've had a good Summer despite all the rain. We managed to find a moment to celebrate a significant birthday with family on the farm .

RETROFIT CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

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NEBO, GWYNEDD

August 2023

Construction progress photos at Ty Mawr. The stonework is looking stunning.

KITCHEN-DINER DOOR INSTALLATION

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WEST KIRBY

August 2023

2.5m sliding doors installed and church pew moved into the kitchen diner at Victoria Road.

GROUND WORKS AT CAE WLFF

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BALA, WALES

August 2023

Preparing the ground for the SIPs at Cae Wllf, which are due to arrive at the end of the Summer. Then just a few days to assemble the timber panels on site.

BUILDING REGULATION DRAWINGS FOR MINFFORDD

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LLANDDONA, ANGLESEY

August 2023

We have started the Building Regulation drawing package for Minffordd, new build house, which overlooks Llanddona beach.

FRIDAY EVENING SWIMS

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PADARN, LLANBERIS

August 2023

Great fun hanging out with the kids after work, with a swim in the Lake.

CONSTRUCTION STARTED AT TREETOPS

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LLANDUDNO

July 2023

Construction works underway at Treetops. What an amazing view over Llandudno!

YR HEN LADD-DY DORMERS

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BETHESDA

July 2023

Stonework repointed and new dormers to Yr Hen Ladd-dy. We're loving the galvanised rainwater goods. Not long to go now!

CRIB GOCH

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YR WYDDFA  /  SNOWDON

July 2023

Jon climbed Yr Wyddfa with some old architect mates from uni. 50mph winds at the ridge and the threat of stormy weather made for a pretty exhilarating experience.

GLORIOUS GRAVEL

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ERYRI NATIONAL PARK

July 2023

Chris having completed the Glorious Gravel race in Eryri National Park. Get in!

NEW PROJECT

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CAERNARFON

July 2023

New renovation project in a beautifully secluded spot in Caernarfon.

FAMILY CELEBRATIONS

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NORTH WEST

July 2023

Fun photo of Jonathan and his band playing at his wife, Abi's 40th birthday. The moment Abi and her siblings joined us on stage for the encore. It was a great night in Liverpool! 

RIBA FUTURE LEADERS

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NORTH WEST

June 2023

Bit of fun to have turned up on the RIBA future leaders website this week.

THE GREEN NEARS COMPLETION

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ELLESMERE PORT

June 2023

It was great to catch up with our clients as The Green draws near to the end. Just some landscaping and some tiling to go.

ROOF WORKS AT CAE WLLF

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BALA, WALES

June 2023

The roof is now weather-sealed at Cae Wllf. The cross-battens are now being installed in preparation for slate roof tiles.

NEW PROJECT

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CAERNARFON

June 2023

This house looks over the water towards Newborough. The current layout is disjointed, so we are fully refurbishing the house from top to bottom. We will also add a new double garage with a solar array on the roof.

WORK STARTS ON TREETOPS

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LLANDUDNO, WALES

June 2023

Sunny start on site for Treetops  renovation and extension. The views from this house look right over Llandudno bay.

YR HEN LADD-DY RIDGE BEAM

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BETHESDA

June 2023

Woodfibre installed to the porch at Yr Hen Ladd-dy.  

MEET DERW

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BETHESDA

June 2023

It is with great pleasure that we welcome Derw (which means Oak). Chris and Marian are settling well into the new routine that a baby brings.

TAN YR ESGAIR NEARS COMPLETION

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RUTHIN

May 2023

Renovation almost complete at Tan yr Esgair. This project is an exemplar in sustainable design and construction. Most of the materials are natural, recycled or locally sourced.

VICTORIA ROAD

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WIRRAL

May 2023

Kitchen-diner renovation at Victoria Road.

YR HEN LADD-DY RIDGE BEAM

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BETHESDA

May 2023

Timber frame porch installation at Yr Hen Ladd-dy linking the  two cottages together.

PLANNING APPROVAL FOR BRYN AFON PASSIVE HOUSE 

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TY CROES

June 2023

We've had fun running the different options of Bryn Afon through PHPP (Passive House Planning Package) to make sure it hits this highest construction standard. We are looking forward to partnering with The Timber Cooperative to deliver this project.

TIMBER COOPERATIVE

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CAERNARFON

May 2023

Trip to our friends at the Timber Coop to pick up some Welsh timber for one of our projects.

YR HEN LADD-DY RIDGE BEAM

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BETHESDA

April 2023

Well, it took 5 people to lift the timber ridge beam into place on Chris' renovation at Yr Hen Ladd-dy!

CARBONLITE RETROFIT COURSE

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TREARDDUR BAY, ANGLESEY

April 2023

Jonathan has just completed the AECB Carbonlite Retrofit Course and the information has been invaluable for the renovation of Bryn Y Mor.

CAE WLLF UNDER FLOOR HEATING

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BALA

April 2023

The screed for the underfloor heating is being poured at Cae Wllf.

CAE MAIR TO TENDER

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BEAUMARIS

April 2023

Technical drawings for Cae Mair are now complete. We are ready to tender to Contractors.

TY CELYN CONSTRUCTION

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LLANGOED, ANGLESEY

April 2023

Construction at Ty Celyn is nearly complete. Just the final snagging to go. 

THE GREEN CONSTRUCTION

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ELLESMERE PORT

April 2023

We are loving the larch cladding at The Green. The project is now water tight and first fix is complete.

TY MELYN BUILDING REGULATIONS

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RHOSNEIGR

April 2023

Technical drawings for Ty Melyn are now complete. The Quantity Surveyor will give us a cost estimate and then we will be ready to tender to Contractors.

CHEESE FACTORY OPEN DAY

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ANGLESEY

March 2023

It was great to attend the official opening of the Llanethdy Gwyn. The local community made it down the valley despite the unexpected March snowfall and were warmly welcomed by live music and lots of tasty cheeses. 

NEW COASTAL PROJECT

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ANGLESEY

March 2023

We are excited to be commissioned to renovate this property right on the coast.

YR HEN LADD-DY RENOVATION

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BETHESDA

March 2023

The porch has gone at Yr Hen Ladd-dy and the concrete lintel linking the two houses has been installed. The render is being removed to reveal the stone beneath.

TY MELYN PLANNING APPROVAL

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RHOSNEIGR

March 2023

Great to receive planning approval for the extension and renovation to Ty Melyn. We will be stripping the render off the existing bungalow to return it back to the original stone. The rear extension adds three small bedrooms for the kids and a kitchen-diner.

YR HEN LADD-DY RENOVATION

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BETHESDA

March 2023

Chris is undertaking his own renovation at home. The small, one up one down house adjacent his home became available last year. Yr Hen Ladd-dy, ‘the old slaughterhouse’ will be joined to his Snowdonian cottage by a new timber frame porch.

MINFFORDD PLANNING APPROVAL

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LLANDDONA BEACH

February 2023

We are particularly excited to receive planning permission for Minffordd new build house because it is in an area of outstanding natural beauty and a design by another architectural practice failed to get approval.

WOODFIBRE INSULATION RETROFIT

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BETHESDA

February 2023

The renovation at Yr Hen Ladd-dy is underway. Woodfibre is being used to insulate the existing roof.

COMPLETION AT TY DU

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RHOSCOLYN

February 2023

The renovation and extension to Ty Du is now complete. We have increase the bedrooms from four to eight and the contractors have done an impressive job matching the traditional welsh stone and grey render.

CAE MAIR PLANNING APPROVAL

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BEAUMARIS

February 2023

Great to receive planning approval for Cae Mair, Beaumaris. We have designed a 2 storey extension and a balcony that looks over the Menai Strait.

RHOSNEIGR

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RHOSCOLYN

February 2023

A freezing cold bodyboard in choppy waters, followed by a relaxing walk along the beach. Bring back the summer soon though... please!

BUILDING ENVELOPE ALMOST COMPLETE

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RHOSNEIGR

February 2023

This quirky side extension with roof terrace at Stretton is starting to take shape.

TIMBER FRAME FOR THE GREEN ANNEX

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ELLESMERE PORT

February 2023

Timber frame construction for the annex at The Green.

WINDOW INSTALLATION AT MIN Y MOR

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MENAI BRIDGE

January 2023

The renovation and extension to Min Y Mor is nearing completion.

GROUNDWORKS AT THE GREEN EXTENSION

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ELLESMERE PORT

January 2023

Great to see progress at The Green timber frame extension, despite the inclement weather.

RENOVATION OF VICTORIA ROAD

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WEST KIRBY

January 2023

Modelling Victoria Road in preparation for a full renovation and new garden office.

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023

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WEST KIRBY

January 2023

We hope you enjoyed the festive holiday. We are looking forward to developing our projects in 2023 and establishing our new office in West Kirby.

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