A podcast that opens up the creative and construction processes involved in architecture and how it transforms spaces and changes lives.
info_outline Reimagining a Kitchen to Make a Lasting Contribution to the Heritage of an Historic Farmhouse 11/20/2023
Reimagining a Kitchen to Make a Lasting Contribution to the Heritage of an Historic Farmhouse Our clients, Rosie and Rod, had lived in their beautiful, listed farmhouse in Herefordshire for over twenty years. Their kitchen had always felt too dark and small, so when its roof sprang yet another leak it was the catalyst to reimagine the entire space...
info_outline A Modern Barn That Sits Sensitively in its Surroundings 07/12/2023
A Modern Barn That Sits Sensitively in its Surroundings Our clients had an area of land on their property that seemed perfect for a new dwelling but where planning permission had already been refused twice. However, there were intriguing possibilities for the right project. We collaborated with our clients to help them design a ‘modern barn’ and then worked carefully to secure the permission needed. Join us as we follow their journey which resulted in a beautiful, environmentally responsible home ...
info_outline Evolving a Gothic Revival Church to Create an Informal 21st Century Community Space 06/05/2023
Evolving a Gothic Revival Church to Create an Informal 21st Century Community Space We first began working with St. Matthias Church, Torquay, in 2015. The church had a thriving congregation but needed to reconsider how it used its space to reflect its vibrant, modern outlook. St. Matthias formally reopened in December 2019 when the reordering work was completed. In this episode we catch up with PCC members Sylvia, John and Paul, a little over two years after the reopening, to review the process and reflect on the evolution of this wonderful building.
info_outline Extending a Worcestershire Cottage for a New Family Chapter 01/19/2023
Extending a Worcestershire Cottage for a New Family Chapter In this episode we chat to Steve and Liz, owners of a charming nineteenth century cottage in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. The couple have lived here for many years and love their home, however they felt it lacked a large family space where they could entertain their extended family. Join us as we hear their insights into the journey of building a wonderful orangery extension …
info_outline The LA House in Herefordshire 01/26/2022
The LA House in Herefordshire Our client Russell lives in a 1960s house with beautiful views over the River Wye. He talks to us about his experience of undertaking a significant renovation project to update his mid-century home for the modern day.
info_outline Pensons at the Netherwood Estate 09/30/2020
Pensons at the Netherwood Estate In this episode we talk to Peta Darnley, founder and owner of Pensons at the Netherwood Estate, an award winning, Michelin Star restaurant on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border. Peta talks about her vision for the project which saw a series of dilapidated agricultural buildings transformed into an enterprise which celebrates the very best of local food, drink and design, while giving back to the local community. Join us as we hear how a forgotten corner of England is now on the foodie map...
info_outline The Creation of an Accessible Community Hub 05/01/2020
The Creation of an Accessible Community Hub Welcome to the Take a Pew Tearoom at St Michael & All Angels, a 12th century church in Kingstone village in Herefordshire. In this episode we hear from the church family about the re-ordering of St Michaels, which has allowed the building to be used for a wider range of events. Join us as we listen to how a simple re-ordering scheme has created an accessible hub to see a community transformed. To see photos and discover more about this project visit communionarchitects.com
info_outline The Grey House: Extending a 1930s House into 21st Century Family Home 02/07/2020
The Grey House: Extending a 1930s House into 21st Century Family Home Our clients, Sophie, Chris and their two children relocated to a beautiful village in Herefordshire, overlooking the Malvern Hills. They had found the perfect location, but their house, with its dark rooms and small kitchen, didn’t suit their family life. In this podcast, our clients talk to us about their journey; through the design and construction process, and the transformational effect of the extension on their family life. Case Study and Photos:
info_outline Ridgeway: Transforming a 1970s House for the Third Age 01/31/2020
Ridgeway: Transforming a 1970s House for the Third Age Our clients relocated from their countryside home into a market town, where they found a 1970s house, surrounded by gardens, in an ideal location. They loved the setting of their new home but felt the house required renovation in order to update the facade and provide a more spacious living environment. This podcast walks us through their journey, from finding and choosing a house to hiring an architect, to the realities of living and working with builders on site during a construction project, and the delight of living in their completed extension. “Living here, it was ok before but it’s brilliant now. It just lifts the spirit.” For more on this project visit the projects page at communionarchitects.com
info_outline The Pool House Farm. A historic house in Herefordshire 07/17/2019
The Pool House Farm. A historic house in Herefordshire Alex invites you to pull up a chair and enter a conversation with James and Suzanna who bought a historic house in Herefordshire hoping to start producing cider from its apple orchard in the grounds.