Archive for September, 2012

The ultimate Snug Project goes to planning

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

After several months of positive pre-planning negotiations with the LPA our revised proposal for a 2 bedroom house on a small site in the Winchester Conservation Area has been submitted to planning. This is probably the best Snug Project yet.

The house is sat behind a garden wall with only a low bronze copper roof set back and floating over the wall. The plan wraps around front and rear courtyards and through a dynamic interlocking of inside and outside living spaces achieves a remarkably spacious internal environment filled with natural light and views of the park and sky. Reducing impact on the context has been a key design constraint. By excavating the master bedroom half a floor into the  ground, only the living room pops up on to a half height first floor. This allows the existing boundary wall to form a balustrade to a small balcony and ensures a balance between open views and privacy for the occupants. We believe the proposal is an exemplary example of how to integrate contemporary modern living on small sites in historic contexts. We will keep you updated on progress as the scheme goes through the planning process.

Time for Orbiting the Giant Hairball

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

Our copy of ‘Orbiting the Giant Hairball’ has arrived. Looking forward to getting stuck in. Will report back soon on which side of the hairball we sit.

Snug Team Challenge 2012

Monday, September 24th, 2012

The Snug Team completed their summer challenge on Friday, kayaking around Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour. The increasingly competitive pace resulted in a time of 2.5 hours and included a tour of the Sandbanks mansions.  Our thanks to the guys at for a great day out.

In pursuit of domestic satisfaction

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Samuel Johnson is quoted as saying, “No money is better spent than what is laid out in domestic satisfaction”. Couldn’t agree more!

Snug Projects wins at Appeal

Tuesday, September 11th, 2012

Snug Projects have won their appeal against the refusal by Winchester City Council for a detached 5 bedroom house in Denmead. This is excellent news for our clients and also represents a significant marker in the sand in planning terms. The appeal was on an important matter of policy and potentially sets a powerful precedent for similar ‘infill’ sites that may have been refused permission in the past. This was a proposal for a beautiful house in a sustainable location well related to an existing settlement and we certainly feel the Inspector made the right and common sense decision. This is also satisfying for the team at Snug who have worked hard for over 9 months to ensure a successful outcome for our clients. Well done everyone.

The Pines gets planning permission

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Our proposal for a contemporary extension to The Pines in Winchester has received planning permission from Winchester City Council. Well done Simon for a job well done.

The Finches gets planning permission

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

We are pleased to announce that the proposal for a contemporary 4 bedroom Eco House in Southampton has received planning permission from Southampton City Council. Well done Mike for a job well done.

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