Penarth Garden Office

Work was recently completed on a stunning garden Cedar clad home office design in Penarth.

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The space provides a kitchenette, office space and W.C

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The Cedar cladding will eventually turn silver and will contrast beautifully with the aluminium sliding windows.

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Glen to be a judge.....again!

After the success of the BBC One show ‘Best House In Town’ Glen has been asked by the Western Mail Homes and Western Mail Online to be a judge in the upcoming Wales Online 2019 property awards.

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Glen is very proud to have been asked to lend his expertise to the proceedings and is greatly looking forward to seeing the shortlisted homes.

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Longbarn Development Progress

Work has recently started on a unique Barn conversion in South Wales. The Barn was originally converted for use as a home in the early 1990’s and it’s owners tasked GTA with reimagining the internal spaces.

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GTA have developed a bold glazing design that removes internal partition walls between the living, dining and kitchen area and replaces them with fully opening glazed door systems that allow the entire space to be opened up for maximum flexibility in the space when the clients are entertaining.

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A new kitchen design is to be based upon the idea of blending into the background coupled with pocket doors to the bathroom and bedroom area will keep the area as sleek and minimalist as possible.

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The entire gable end to the barn has been removed and is being replaced with a huge glazed door system.

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Bauhaus Competition

As part of our celebrations of the Centenary of the Bauhaus, we have collaborated with the Welsh School of Architecture to launch a student competition, the brief being simply to 'DESIGN A CHAIR', (... a machine to sit upon), influenced by the principles of the Bauhaus, but in a contemporary fashion. They have invited Glen to be on the Judging panel and also to lecture on some of their Vertical Studio classes.

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New site signs

Very happy with our new aluminium site signs from Signet Signs. Keep an eye out for them as they will popping up on new projects throughout Cardiff and it’s surrounding areas.

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Our latest development in Pontcanna

Today saw one of our regular site meetings with our associate structural engineer, Leigh Dickson, contractor T G Harris and our delightful clients Awen & Marcus.

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The project involves the demolition of a twenty year old kitchen extension that had many different ceiling heights and rooms with very little unified feeling between the spaces. GTA was instructed to extend the kitchen space to create a larger living/dining area.

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After consideration and several design iterations GTA presented the option to demolish the existing extension and start fresh with large open plan kitchen/dining room that also included a utility room and downstairs WC/Shower room. The design utilises a large scale, bold glazing design to flood the area with natural light.

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The current configuration had a large pillar right in the middle of the kitchen island so together with Leigh Dickson, GTA have replaced this with a single steel that spans the entire width of the kitchen. The new steel frame combined with the ongoing, extensive groundworks are very impressive and promise great results.

Working with main contractor Steven at T G Harris has been very positive, he and his team are extremely conscientious and the quality of work is excellent.

BAUHAUS centenary

As part of BAUHAUS 100, Glen Thomas Architecture will be engaging with Design partners throughout WALES, discussing the concept of a ‘CARDIFF design festival’, along with events and competitions.   We will also be creating our own range of  furniture and paintings, that, as is fundamental to our design practice ethos, take inspiration from this revolutionary German movement.   We believe that the need for honesty, purity, and integrity in architecture and design, is just as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. However, we encourage a contemporary interpretation, rather than a retrospective mind !  More to follow in the coming months…..

As part of BAUHAUS 100, Glen Thomas Architecture will be engaging with Design partners throughout WALES, discussing the concept of a ‘CARDIFF design festival’, along with events and competitions.

We will also be creating our own range of furniture and paintings, that, as is fundamental to our design practice ethos, take inspiration from this revolutionary German movement.

We believe that the need for honesty, purity, and integrity in architecture and design, is just as relevant today as it was 100 years ago. However, we encourage a contemporary interpretation, rather than a retrospective mind !

More to follow in the coming months…..

The Ochre House

Nestled into a high banked plot of land overlooking a beautiful Bay in Mumbles, Swansea, our latest project The Ochre House is something we are very proud of.

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At the base of the cliff supporting the steps, is an old iron ore mine that is believed to have been worked as far back as Roman times. At low tide the bay is exposed and clearly shows it’s history with deep red iron ore bands running through the strata in a line directly with the plot.

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The home is designed on the ethos of form following function. Every wall, ceiling and floor is derived directly from context.

Our clients who are Malibu based but originally from the area tasked us with building a light filled, bold home with double height spaces and large open living areas. The Ochre House will sit quietly in their surroundings, integrated within the landscape.

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The plot of land is large and the entire development will will eventually realise three magnificent homes.

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Subtle Architectural forms and materials will evolve directly from contextual references.

The houses will utilise sustainable, modern, building technology and will be exemplary examples of contemporary design.

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The bay holds some fascinating geology which has a character distinct from other bays in the area.

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The Ochre Houses will be something special.

Glen is on BBC1 all this week on Best House in town

We are very excited to announce that Glen is a judge on the new BBC daytime show, Best house in town.

This week the houses on show are in Cardiff so the BBC asked Glen if he would lend his knowledge to the programme.

Each week the regional show explores interior design and home renovations. Glen is part of a team of local property experts and the winner of each episode (Detached, Semi-Detached, Apartments and wildcard.) will go through to the last show to see who has the best house in town!

The program is available to watch now on iPlayer for the next 30 days and the next episode is on this afternoon at 3:45pm

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m00031f8/best-house-in-town-series-1-17-cardiff-semidetached

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Pentrebach Farm

Another exciting current project for our Studio is this black corrugated, vaulted ceiling, modern extension, to a 200 year old farm dwelling, near Aberdare.

A glazed link separates the original stone building from the new, open plan, passive house standard extension.

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Pontcanna House

We are very excited with the practical completion of our Pontcanna House project.

This large detached property has undergone a complete renovation that includes a large rear extension with an impressive rear glass elevation to maximise the light brought into the stunning new kitchen.

An expansive loft conversion has created a stunning bedroom with bespoke dressing area and en-suite.

We are very happy with the realisation of what was a challenging concept.

Here are a few images from the development with more to follow.

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Next Project ? : Todays site visit

Photos taken this afternoon, from what hopefully will be one of 3, new build, contemporary 'upside down', passive houses. Our initial site visit last week was moody, stormy, electric! Today's transformation was beautiful, vivid and inspiring. These houses will have to be something special indeed! More information to follow. 

 

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Site Sign

We visited one of our sites in Penylan Cardiff today where we are working in conjunction with the excellent Precision Construction. We designed a new billboard to go up at each site we collaborate on and I think you'll agree that they look fantastic!

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Pencisely Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff

Believe it or not we are only into the fifth week of the complete renovation and development of this beautiful Victorian House in Pontcanna. 

After day 3 most of the old rear extensions and internal walls were demolished and removed from site. 

Out with the old.....

Out with the old.....

On the third week, all the steels were hoisted into position, making the house appear to float delicately In mid air! What a wonderful sight: exposing the guts of the house and Inserting a new, slender skeleton. 

Amazing work on site.

Amazing work on site.

‘Precision Construction Wales’, are undertaking a sterling job: what a fabulously dedicated team of skilled trades people!

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The new contemporary flat roof has 3 enormous bespoke roof lights and full height, high spec, glass sliding doors at 3m tall, that wrap around the new structure, held only by a slim, round, steel post located inside the far corner. Beautiful design by our engineers and design team! 

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Well I think from yesterday’s site visit, this may be a record for getting a project in on time! ....We will keep you updated. 

Glen