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  • How to build a Paragraph-80 home in the open countryside

    How to build a Paragraph-80 home in the open countryside

    An in-depth guide to Paragraph-80 Are you thinking about building a Paragraph-80 home in the open countryside? If you are thinking about how to build a paragraph-80 home in the open countryside we have set out below an in-depth guide. We focus on some of the most important questions we are often asked at Thomas […]

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  • Self build house in open countryside

    Self build house in open countryside

    About the project This dream self build house in open countryside is a triumph, as planning laws make it all but impossible to gain approval. However, the ‘all-but impossible’ – is at the cutting edge of the self build opportunity, and this self build project is a result of exemption clauses in planning law, which […]

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  • How to convert a Dutch barn

    How to convert a Dutch barn

    Planning consent for a Dutch barn conversion, on a farm in Herefordshire, into a residential development was given on condition that it was for tourism benefit. Richards Castle is a remote village near the north-western edge of Herefordshire, near Ludlow. A Dutch barn conversion is not alien in the landscape here, which is characterised by […]

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  • How to get planning in the Cotswolds

    How to get planning in the Cotswolds

    Do you have a piece of land, need permission or thinking about building in the Cotswolds, Cheltenham or Gloucestershire, follow the 8 simple steps in this Free guide to help you get planning permission granted for your project. This short video gives you a taste of what’s inside… The free guide also contains Thomas Studio […]

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  • Can I get planning permission in my garden?

    Can I get planning permission in my garden?

    10 Tips how to get planning permission in your garden Architect Garry Thomas sets out his 10 top tip rules how to get planning permission in your garden. Before applying for planning consent for a house in your garden these ten tips are a must read. Gardens can help you get on the housing ladder […]

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  • A Low Budget Grand Design – in a former Herefordshire Quarry

    A Low Budget Grand Design – in a former Herefordshire Quarry

    Low budget Grand Design – in former Herefordshire Quarry   This contemporary low budget grand design in a Herefordshire Quarry, for Steph and Alex, is a project carried on whilst working at rra, and is the vision of architect Garry Thomas. Garry managed to gain planning permission for this low budget grand design in a […]

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House Extension gets a Wood Award

About the project The private house, located within an historic parkland setting is surrounded by mature ornamental trees. The commission consisted of removing a single-storey brick-built garage and replacing with a two storey contemporary addition to add space at the

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Canwood Gallery

About the project This stunning Barn Conversion Canwood Gallery designed by architect Garry Thomas is located in some of the UK’s best rural countryside. The site is an old farmstead in the village of Checkley located in an Area of

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Urban Design

About the project Creating Places for People is a commitment to best practice urban design in our towns and cities. This project is the result of two years of collaborative work between Owen Williams, a delivery partner identified by Herefordshire

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Grand Designs

About the project This old threshing barn, located in the Forest of Dene near Ross on Wye was converted by the client as a self build project. The client was interested in bringing about a modern take on a typical

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About the project This bespoke café project makes use of a very low budget, which transformed a corner store into a creative delicatessen and café. The project uses giant graphics, together with wall and ceiling hangings, to dress-up a utilitarian

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House Design

About this project Self Build House - Open Countryside This project in Herefordshire turns 'lifestyle into an architectural tourism destination'. The Glass Box Guest House, is located in the Wye valley. As a structure, it reflects rigour and attention to

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Is self-build for you? To download your own project planning pack, fill in the form below and a copy will be emailed to you. Enjoy!  

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Best of Houzz 2020

At Thomas Studio we are very pleased to be the winners of Best of Houzz 2020, for service to our clients. Here's Thomas Studio Architects as featured on Houzz, click to watch below... Houzz provides the best experience for home

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#LiftTheBan What is it all about

Herefordshire's Construction Industry Lobby Group (HCILG) In response to a phosphate run off problem in the county of Herefordshire the planning department has stopped processing planning applications in two thirds of the county. Planners are reacting to a moratorium, issued

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GRANT FUNDING FOR RURAL BUSINESS TOURISM DEVELOPMENTS The Business Development, Food Processing and Rural Tourism Infrastructure grants are now open to new applications. You must submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form before midnight on 16 February 2020. You could

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Home security systems

If you have had a spate of recent break-ins in the area its time to invest in a home security system for your home or office. The options are almost overwhelming. Do you want to self-monitor the system or have

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Outdoor room design

Many of us choose to live in the countryside because of the natural beauty of our great trees, woodland, and country walks. The health benefits of spending time outdoors has been documented by many studies. Mental and physical health as

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Supporting The High Street

Thomas Studio expresses significant concern in response to the government consultation on planning reform seeking to support the high street   The consultation proposes to extend policy to support the high street related to the change of use of buildings

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Self-build house approved – Rural Herefordshire

Approved - Self-build home in open-countryside This self-build home, is a multi-level earth sheltered house in Ledbury, Herefordshire. It makes good use of a steeply sloping site. The stepped levels of the proposal are concealed as much of the mass

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How to become a buy-to-let house builder

Help tackle the housing crisis and make a profit: Architect Garry Thomas advises small-scale developers plotting their next move How to become a buy-to-let house builder Before you commit any money, here are 8 simples steps to help you do

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How do you convert a Barn under Permitted Development?

How can you convert a Barn under Permitted Development   Changes to planning law means investing in a barn conversion and using permitted development rights could be a good investment, but, here’s Architect Garry Thomas’s summary of all you need

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It’s your information and why it’s important

GDPR We’re sure you have received a number of emails regarding the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect from 25th May 2018.   Your privacy and the security of data is incredibly important to us at Thomas

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How to get planning permission for a house

How to get planning permission for a house: Do I Have a Chance?   Thinking of taking a punt on a plot but not sure of the planning angle? Architect Garry Thomas looks at a variety of different planning issues

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