Category Archives: For Homeowners

Planning Application Submitted For Contemporary Eco-Home


We’re really pleased to have submitted a planning application for another eco-home. We work closely with a German eco-home builder who manufacturers super insulated houses in Germany. Meisterstueck is a 114 year old family-run company from Hamlin, Germany, building bespoke houses in the UK.

If you’d like a house like this, or any other design of eco house do call us.



Residential Development in Cirencester

20160921_bj02Thinking Buildings obtained planning permission for this site in central Cirencester in 2015. The site was a mix of commercial and residential, with a restaurant in the Grade II listed building fronting the street and a small residential development of seven units to the mews behind. We completed the restaurant early in 2016, and it is now a successful branch of the Cote brasserie group. Once the commercial portion was complete the original client sold the residential site with permission and so we are now working with the new owner to bring the project to fruition.

The 2- and 3-story houses will be constructed in traditional materials but to modern standards of energy efficiency. The  architecture takes cues from the existing buildings in Cirencester, and arcaded coach houses, to form an urban Cotswold style. On a sensitive site in a historic town this was very much welcomed by the local authority planners, support which was key in obtaining consent for the scheme.

Thinking Buildings enjoy the challenges and opportunities of these mixed use urban sites and we look forward to bringing you more updates as the project progresses over the next year.

Small Is Important Too


We work on a wide range of projects, some large, some not so large. One thing we believe is that it’s not the size of the project which is important. Every project brings its own unique set of challenges, whether it’s the budget (or lack of budget), timescales or design.

Working with a private client we were set the challenge of developing a design for an extension to a listed mid-terrace house. The couple moved into the house several years ago, but now they have two new little family members and the house just wasn’t big enough. They love the house, the area, and the schools but the house just wasn’t working for them. They needed more space.

Thier ambition was for a modern, light, and open plan living area for the family to enjoy. The old part of the house was poorly lit and split into many spaces. We didn’t want to rip out all the existing walls and destroy the character of the house, so an extension was the right choice. Although they love the house, they wanted an extension to contrast the style of the original house. We worked closely with the Local Planning Department and the Conservation Officer. We met them on site and they could see our reasoning and supported the scheme. The extension is modern, but the form of the roof follows the shape of the adjacent extensions with a type of gable front.

Developing the design in the way we did also allowed original features of the house, such as the staircase to be rebuild. This had been taken out some years ago, to save space but the spiral replacement was awkward and out of keeping.

There’s more work to do as budget allows, but the work has already made a fantastic improvement to the living space.