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Happy Monday everyone! It is, apparently, Blue Monday, the most depressing day of the year in the UK. ⁠
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We obviously can't do a lot about that. But we can share a post that might raise your spirits a tiny bit.⁠
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A big, full, Wolf Moon has just risen over Oldfield Towers.  We managed to catch this glimpse of it, nestling above the rooftops in the glow of the skyline.⁠
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Did you manage to get out in the sunshine today?
For your #morningcoffee enjoyment this #saturday: a wee #workinprogress sketch from our little project by the sea.⁠
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The design is deceptively simple: crittall windows, recessed brickwork and a sloping zinc-clad roof light for the extension, with a full refurbishment throughout. ⁠
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We hope to start building in the spring having just received planning permission! ⁠
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Are you a fan of crittalls? Give us a yay or nay in the comments below!
We love the design of this new book on designing for compact spaces⁠
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(and we'll tell you some more about why we love it tomorrow...)⁠
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Any guesses?
Happy Monday all! We're in the February issue of @25beautifulhomesmagazine for our work on the home of our lovely client @janemcc21 ⁠
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We agree with journalist @janecrittenden: we're big fans of that terrazzo tiled kitchen floor... And the beautiful Margot the dog too ❤️⁠
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Regrammed from @janecrittenden⁠
Photo @jfrench_photo⁠
Styling @mishytaylor_stylist⁠
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#happymonday #happymondayeveryone
After a brief COVID-related hiatus, we open again for business tomorrow (Monday morning) at 9am, ready to meet whatever 2022 has in store!⁠
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If one of your New Years resolutions is to finally embark on that home redesign, why not drop us a line?⁠
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Our order book is currently full until mid-February for project start dates, but we're happy to have a conversation with you to suss out your needs. ⁠
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Photography by @guylockwoodphotography
New Year's Eve!⁠
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And here are our top 9 of 2021... Thank you to you, our followers, for showing us what you like in our work.⁠
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This year you clearly saw as much potential in our sketches, technical drawings and 3D models as you did in our finished projects. ⁠
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And it's pleasing to see the diversity and range in style, design and materials in what we do represented here.⁠
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Wishing you all a safe, warm, cosy start to 2022. We'll see you on the other side, gently nursing our fizz hangovers.⁠
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What are your architectural resolutions for 2022?⁠
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Photography in row 1, middle, and row 3 by @guylockwoodphotography
Our lovely client Emma has sent us this festive pic of her first Christmas in her freshly refurbished home. We always love receiving photos from our clients enjoying their homes at this time of year!

This photo shows the view from the refurbished front room through to the new kitchen dining space. You can just see a glimpse of the lovely @pluckldn kitchen and the polished concrete floor. 

You can find out more about Emma’s renovation at her project insta account @my_peckham_home_reno We’re looking forward to sharing finished photos of her project in the spring. 

#christmas #xmastree #homerenovation #refurb #parquet #kitchendesign #polishedconcrete #southlondon #peckham #nunhead #se15 #dontmoveimprove #londonarchitects
Just a little snapshot of the last sketch design we issued just before the winter break.
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Our clients wanted to transform their 1930s detached house in Herne Hill into a modern, clean, flexible space, suitable for children's games and family stay overs, with plenty of room for entertaining and storage for their outdoor sports equipment.⁠
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We've designed them a layered home, with wide glazing across one corner of the ground floor that opens out onto the garden. ⁠
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The tall feature chimney acts as a focal point for the all three floors of the home, both internally and externally. ⁠
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What would you most like to add to your home? An extra bedroom? Home office? Better connection through to the garden?
Wishing all our clients, contractors, collaborators, colleagues and friends a very festive midwinter!⁠
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We're closed over the winter break and back in the office on Wednesday 5th January 2022.⁠
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In the interval between now and then, may there be a Terry's Chocolate Orange and a glass of port in your very near future...⁠
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Love, all at Darren Oldfield Architects 🎄
That's all folks!⁠
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See you next year...⁠
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Stay safe all.
It's the longest night of the year, and we are now closed for business until Wednesday 5th January 2022. 2022! Can you believe it?!⁠
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Thank you to all our clients, contractors, collaborators and friends this year for making it through. It's been a long year, but we've been fortunate to work on some fantastic projects. ⁠
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And we're always glad of the friends we make along the way - including this image from one of our favourite clients. Their home, high up on the brow of the hill, gazes down onto central London, with a Swedish star to light the way ahead.⁠
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Raising a toast to you, and to everyone - wishing you a safe, healthy, restful winter break.
Happy Saturday folks! A peek at our nearly complete project in Denmark Hill. Looking forward to sharing photos when the garden is straight in the spring.

Our clients wanted an Art Deco style extension with a modern twist. We designed the carefully detailed brick facade, which leads to a well-lit kitchen diner, care of a set of vaulted roof lights. 

We like to add subtle detail to our work that reveals both care and craft. Here, combinations of brick pattern, special curved corner and parapet bricks, and a matching red mortar help to add interest to the simple form of the extension.

What do you think? Did you notice the curves?

#saturdaymood #happysaturday #almostfinished #bricknerd #redbrick #houserenovation #kitchenextension #wip #workinprogress #londonarchitecture #dontmoveimprove #bricks #brickarchitecture #southlondon #denmarkhill #se5
Another snapshot of our #workinprogress from the same project we showcased earlier in the week. 

This cut-through drawing is part of Stage 4 of our process (the technical part where we prepare drawings for builders to tender their prices).

We do a lot of our communication with clients and contractors through drawing: it is a language in and of itself!

Why not have a go at reading the one above? What features do you notice?

#sideelevation #technicaldrawings #architectureinpractice #architecturalillustration #designteam #wednesdaywonder #wip #detail #detaileddesign #humpday
This is a deceptively simple sneak peak at one of our current #workinprogress projects: a set of modern barns sunk into the Wiltshire countryside. ⁠
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The line drawing reveals more clearly the vertical charred timber fins that will create a sheltered rear entrance to the house.⁠
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The overall design is subtle and minimal, making use of durable, natural materials: charred timber on the upper floors, and flint walls for the lower floor, built partly into the hillside.⁠
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And in the distance we can hear Kevin McCloud, gently whispering our name... 😉
This Saturday #morningcoffee shot comes from our project in Beckenham, South London. We used a combination of red brick and ochre-coloured reclaimed London stock to mirror the detailing in the original house. ⁠
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Projecting the new extension at an angle to the older building allowed us to bring in contemporary detailing, while keeping the overall palette subtle and understated.⁠
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Photography by @guylockwoodphotography⁠
Structural engineers @blueengineering⁠
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#weekendvibes #happysaturday #saturdaymood #weekendmood #bricklove #londonbuildings #brickwork #brickarchitecture #houseextension #southeastlondon #architecturalglazing #brickstagram #southlondon #selondon
Great to see work progressing on our project in #wandsworth where we've added a side infill extension to the ground floor to expand the kitchen-dining space, with a refurbishment and loft conversion on the upper floors.⁠
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We know architecture instagram has a habit of showing only the finished article, without revealing much about work in progress. We like to show you the full range of what happens on a project. ⁠
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Here you can see how much of a difference the roof light will make to the natural light pouring into the space, once the rooflight glazing arrives.⁠
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If you're interested to learn more about our stages of work, take a look at our linktree, which links to more explanatory pages on our website⁠
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 #underconstruction #workinprogress #wip ⁠
#construction #constructionsite #residentialconstruction #buildingdesign #inprogress #rearextension ⁠
#houseextension #londonarchitect #kitchenextension #buildingwork #homerefurbishment #howwework
It's time for a #tbt to our gorgeous, minimalist project in Peckham. The London stock reclaimed brick wall, glazed rooflight, and charred timber exterior are mirrored by brick paving and wood-free decking outside.⁠
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Photography by @guylockwoodphotography⁠
Kitchen by @trilogydesigns⁠
Contractor @martinsbuilders⁠
Engineers @blueengineering⁠
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#throwbackthursday #minimal #minimalist #throwback #tbthursday #thursdaythrowback #thursdaymotivation #tbtphoto #throwbackthursdays #naturallight ⁠
#minimalism #simplicity #minimalstyle⁠
#naturallighting #rooflight #glassroof #rearextension #glassarchitecture
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