Archive for September 2015

Richmond Self Builders at Risk Again of Losing £100k or More

A reversal of planning policy has put Richmond self builders once again at risk of being billed tens of thousands of pounds in Affordable Housing Contributions. Last November, small scale developments of ten units or less with a combined floor space of no more than 1000sqm were granted exemption from AHCs – easily covering self…

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From Romans to Migrants, Our Homes Are Shaped by the Times

Last month I visited Provence with Jemima and the children, a favourite getaway for us that uniquely refreshes our minds and restores perspective. The architecture of Vaison La Romaine – the closest town to where we stay – is a forever evolving document of how landscape, environment and politics shape the buildings we live in,…

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Guest Blog: Building New in Old Provence, Part Two

Planning success in Provence hinges on the character of the village mayor. Some are fiercely protective of the local style and resist any changes while others are becoming more open to contemporary design, as long as it complements the landscape and the historical architecture of the area. Looking at Merindol les Oliviers, you might assume…

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Guest Blog: Building New in Old Provence, Part One

“Last month I visited Provence with Jemima and the children. While there, my good friend Tony Esslinger invited us to his stunning contemporary home surrounded by postcard perfect landscapes and rustic stone houses. I was so inspired by his home, I asked him to share how it came to life on our blog.” – John…

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