Developing a barn into a home means starting from a preordained scale and shape dictated by a (usually) wooden frame. Keeping as much of each frame in situ is both highly desirable and, literally, a non-negotiable requisite. Many of the frames we encounter have stood for hundreds of years and comprise of beautifully knotted, straight and not so straight pieces of the finest oak. Frames are also a visual document of ingenious workmanship from a bygone era of construction: Kneebrace, girt-to-post, timber sill and scarf joinery abounds with half-lapped rafter peaks, Queenposts and many more examples. Here are some before, during and after photos of recent and current projects.
Once again autumn beckons a cooler breeze to our corner of Blackmore End but luckily we are still enjoying some end of season colour in the courtyard. There are plenty of vegetables flourishing – for us, and the ladybirds! Our growing season started with delicious Jersey Royal potatoes and moved on to plenty of red and white chard, French beans, beetroot and salad leaves. Celeriac and autumn broad beans are greedily awaited!
Our next entry will continue the autumn theme with news of the annual autumn mailer for our long-standing clients Grey Flannel.
Spring has finally arrived and around East Barn flowers are coming into bloom, from the planted pots that border the inner courtyard to the hedgerow outside the studio. White dominates, in all its achromatic shades.
Freelance Architectural Technician
We are looking for a freelance architectural technician to assist with current and future projects on a short-term basis (possibly over several months).
Vectorworks experience is an absolute prerequisite. Candidates should have a good grasp of the Building Regulations and experience in translating design proposals into technical drawing packages, ready for tender and construction.
Knowledge of working with Listed Buildings would be an advantage, but not essential.
If you have the ability to deliver the kind of projects shown on our website we would love to hear from you.
Send your CV and PDF portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org
Following from the changes bought about by a time change, we all experience a light change and have lots of different ways of dealing with the more interesting areas of our homes and environments. There is lighting for parties, lighting for reading, lighting for romance, lighting outdoors, uplighting, downlighting, spotlighting, work lighting diffused lighting and coloured lighting.
Most of the categories are seen in the buildings at East Barn and we must generally wait for winter till we can see our lighting working as we thought it should. We love lighting!
Time and its inevitable changes are the excuse for our images for October and November. The clocks went back, the night went black and all of our timepieces took on the monochrome of winter. In a trice we shall spring forward and our images will reflect on that!
In the early months of Autumn and Winter Farmers and their amateur imitators think of the growing year that has passed and look at their achievements. In our part of the world the Grain Harvest has yielded extremely well (pity about the low prices) after a traumatic beginning to the growing season.
Our own efforts have also yielded great vegetable results and our colleagues have had plenty of green vegetables to take home!
So that our efforts are not the only hero in the Garden, Barry has collected seed packets of an earlier era. They show produce in the soft, romantic illustration style of old lithography and remind us that this cycle of growing continues in much the same way as it has for generations. Bravo Gardeners World!
July and August 2014
A cloudy, sunny, cloudy day in Kingston Lacey, Dorset.
Somewhere for lunch, lots to look at, grounds to play in, people to watch. Parties, rides round the gardens, everything kept so well.
What's that Brand?...National Trust of course!
Perfectly busy in August.
Here at Pocknell Studio we have been trooping through Europe, namely Crete and Spain so for this month’s Journal we are celebrating our own Trooping the Colour with vibrant holiday snaps.