An already extended and renovated property but in need of a rethink to reconfigure its main pedestrian access (currently through the kitchen!). We were appointed to design a side extension to make the property altogether a more coherent one, with the addition of rear amenity space in the form of a new orangery, infilling the under-used courtyard. One of our smallest undertaking nevertheless a challenging one within the conservation area of Charlbury, Oxon.
Looking for a new modern home the client purchased this ‘worn-out’ property on the Banbury Road in Oxford. Subsequently he approached Habitar Architects with a brief for extensive alterations, repairs and a new open plan rear extension as the main feature. A loft conversion was later added to the schedule of works and Oxford City Planning Consent was granted in March 2012.
Conversion of the old College Farm barn, dairy and ancillary buildings into a modern family home. We are transforming this vernacular agricultural building into a four bed home to suit the client’s growing family, their love for nature and farming jobs.
"Thank you so much for your brilliant work and at such a record speed. I really appreciate it and could not have done this without you. I will definitely be back if I need any architectural services in the future.
"We received superb service from Diego with respect to the planning and building control permissions. His solution was absolutely what we wanted, even though we didn’t initially know what an Orangery actually was!"
"Throughout our project Diego was very approachable and accommodating and always went that extra mile to ensure everything was perfect for us, much more than other architects would typically do I’m sure. His prices were very reasonable and we will certainly be using Diego again for future projects. I truly valued the relationship that we developed over the course of the build and as a result I am very pleased to now count Diego as one of my friends.”
"Diego Vargas gave us excellent service over a long period in which the conversion of part of our house was in train. We had bought a 1930s villa which had been extended to include an integral garage with bedrooms above. We wanted to convert this garage and also to open up the porch, and make the front of the house lighter. Diego provided good designs, and the outcome has been very satisfactory. He was reliable, precise, patient, skilled, professional, and always decent to deal with. The road to getting permission to build was long and fraught, but this was the fault of Oxford Council, who had supplied incomplete details to our conveyancing lawyer. The Council failed to disclose a condition stating that the existing integral garage could not be converted to living accommodation without express permission. Three applications to build had to be submitted, and later there were some problems obtaining a builder and the usual delays and problems with the builder. During all of these problems Diego Vargas was a patient supporter."
"It was such a relief and pleasure working with Diego. He listened to, understood and interpreted the design requirements with a perfectionist's professionalism. So that I ended up with the ultimate pool...both beautiful and practical!"
It was the first house with such architectonic particularities in our town, so much so that nowadays it’s a design reference for other local architects…it is beautiful, warm, dignified, spacious; with wide open gardens full of fruit and ornamental trees. The house was built to my taste and with a very professional and highly technical approach from Diego…taking account of solar orientation, wind, rain water harvesting; also combining materials like wood, steel, and local bricks in a beautiful manner