Create a private space in a communal space

The challenge

Mr & Mrs MacNaughton own a beautiful barn conversion which is part of a larger old farm complex situated in the Cambridgeshire countryside. The initial meeting outlined some ideas the MacNaughtons had to create an enclosed structure from sleepers in their back garden that would give them privacy whilst entertaining and dining outside.

A concept was drafted in the form of a 10 foot radius (The Orbis was born); but this turned out to be too small a design and evolved into a much larger space hosting two areas for entertaining. Based on their evolved requirements we worked on the concept to create a space around a seated table at one end and a fire pit at the other.

Several footprint versions were drafted offering a variety of layouts and shapes based on a table and fire pit. After short listing and merging their preferred options it was clear an elliptical dining table was the winning combination with a square fire pit. The conclusion of this meeting produced the brief.

The Brief

Create a private space in a communal space

To create a private outdoor elliptical dining and lounge area within an open communal space, not too imposing on the surrounding neighbours; optimally positioned to watch the children play, catch the sun and shelter from the wind. With the Inclusion of down lights in the main seating area and spike lights to illuminate the outside of the structure. Introduction to our upholsterers to manufacture cushions and soft furnishings to create comfort for the space.


From the development of the original drawings to making the design piece by piece it became clear that this was to become a project beautiful and completely unique in everyway.

After the job was completed we took away great pride in achieving and exceeding the MacNaughtons vision and they were extremely pleased with the final outcome.

A book on a table
Images from before, during and after the project
A book on a table
Woman reading a magazine

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