Orchard House is the renovation and extension of a working farmhouse and stable-block in rural Dorset into a family home and quilting studio. CBA were initially appointed as the architects in 2020, before passing the project onto Studio May when Clem was on maternity leave. We were delighted to be invited back last year to work on the interior spaces, designing all the internal finishes, selecting new furniture and lighting, as well as curating the clients’ art and quilt collection. The low-carbon and local material palette consists primarily of solid Douglas fir, stone and lime plaster, alongside naturally derived products such as Forbo and wool. Construction is underway on site and due to complete in late 2024.

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