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West of England LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018

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We are very pleased to announce that Josh has been Shortlisted as a Finalist in two categories for the West of England LABC Building Excellence Awards 2018 for one of his design projects; which he also fully project managed.  It’s a great achievement in itself, particularly as we’ve been informed that competition has been stronger than ever this year and being shortlisted is a great accomplishment. The Awards will be held in July.

New arrivals

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Easter has been and gone; weather was a little disappointing but we almost all expect nothing less, and if it’s a good day then it’s a bonus!

We’ve added a few new things to the website www.joshthomasdesignhouse.co.uk with more to follow, so take a look and see what you think about the fab Siesta Chair & Footstool, a pair of Vintage French-style Bistro chairs, industrial light shades and the lovely 1920’s side/lamp table.


To Move or Stay Put?

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The main reasons people appear to want to move house are varied; to step onto the housing ladder, through necessity/change in circumstances, job relocation, down/up-size or change in lifestyle. With the cost of moving and an apparent shortage, it seems, of new property coming onto the market, we have noticed an increase in enquiries from people wishing to stay in their homes, and looking to remodel or extend; they enjoy their homes, don’t really want to have to move, and just want to make their property work for them.

Open plan living has certainly become more popular; practical, open and light living/family space combined with kitchen/dining, offers a much more sociable way of living.  Of course, additional bedrooms and bathrooms and/or en-suite’s also remain on the majority of peoples’ hit lists.

Josh’s experience encompasses a period of in excess of 20 years and covers a wide range of property types, from Listed and period properties to new homes and full renovation projects. Offering a professional and tailored design service, Josh works on every project himself, so each client can be assured that their project receives a bespoke service from beginning to end. It is his ambition to make the world of design accessible to all and he believes that good design should not be a luxury.

Josh says:The design process is a complex procedure, and as a designer I instinctively use a multitude of technical and creative skills to form each unique design. Professional training, experience and knowledge of styles, function of spaces, human proportions, etc., give me the ability to process this information, not forgetting the ability to observe, listen and ask the right questions.

Josh offers a FREE initial consultation, so if you need to extend or remodel your home, update your home with new colours, lighting and soft furnishings and need some advice, or anything in between, do give us a call to discuss your requirements, we are always happy to assist. Tel:  01531 890860 or email: info@joshthomasdesignhouse.co.uk


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Whilst we have always received enquiries from further afield, including London and Birmingham, we have recently started advertising in and around the Cheltenham area.

Being situated on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire border means that we are in an ideal situation within easy travelling distance of Cheltenham, Tewkesbury and the surrounding areas.

If you have a query and would like to get in touch, please email: info@joshthomasdesignhouse.co.uk or telephone: 01531 890860 to discuss your requirements.

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After a short (!) break from the blog, we are pleased to announce that our interesting and useful nuggets of information, inspiration and updates are back.

We have moved (permanently) and now operate from a new premises on the Herefordshire/Gloucestershire border, just a few miles from the popular market town of Ledbury and within easy reach of Hereford/rural Herefordshire and Gloucestershire (about 30 minute drive from Cheltenham), and beyond.

Josh is as busy as ever, though always happy and on hand to deal with any enquiries relating to interiors, remodelling, improving and extending current abodes (beats moving house), or for designing something completely new to you, your own “Grand Design”.

So if you need to extend or remodel your home, update your home with new colours, lighting and soft furnishings and need some advice, or anything in between, do give us a call to discuss your requirements; we are always happy to assist. Tel:  01531 890860.

We are also delighted to announce that we will shortly be re-taking up the mantle for interesting and original pieces of furniture and “things” as and when we come across them (coming very soon …), which will be available to view on our website, so keep your eyes on: www.joshthomasdesignhouse.co.uk

We look forward to hearing from you.

Josh and Petra

A Quick Update……..

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The last couple of years have been an extremely busy time for me with a variety of approvals granted, projects completed and many ongoing projects well underway, not to mention the taking on of new projects; both large and not so large – all are equally important. Contrary to belief, smaller projects are not necessarily always easier than their larger counterparts, and can certainly be more challenging.

Amongst my current ongoing projects, I am now 3 years into a complete renovation and design project of an old Listed farmhouse and associated barns and outbuildings.

Old Forge small

Planning and Listed building consent have successfully been granted to develop the property to provide family accommodation in the original farmhouse, a detached annexe; utilising a traditional old stone forge and a specialist training centre to be housed in the stone barns.

New Forge small

However, such a project is not without its issues. Without a doubt, preparation, careful liaison with all parties involved; including Planning and Conservation departments, provision of ecological and other reports, along with knowledge of how to put together such a proposal, go a long way to reaching a successful conclusion with this and any project.

Things are starting to take shape. With the detached annexe, phase I, nearing completion, things are underway to look to commence phase II, development of the barns to create a specialist training centre, later on this year.

forge arcade

For those with a project in mind, large or small, please do not hesitate to get in touch. It is certainly worth discussing the options available to you.

Thanks for reading!


What’s on your Christmas list?

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Unbelievably, we have now been in our new premises for three months – where does the time go?  It will be Christmas next …!

We have rather enjoyed creating our window displays; these being something of a novelty as we did not have the facility of being able to do this at our previous Studio and Gallery.  We’ve had lots of good comments from passers-by and clients and customers which is great and really helpful.


The Gallery is home to some fantastic pieces at the moment, including an original pair of Art Deco cinema seats which are great fun and always a talking point when clients call in, to Bell Pottery and an amazing life-size carved head of a Tribal Witchdoctor, plus all the other great pieces which you can find on our website or by calling in to see us.


Hand Painted Bell Pottery Bowl – just one example of the pieces currently in stock.

Josh is really busy on the architectural design and interior design front, having a number of projects in progress and including the full development of an old farmhouse and barns for a private client; a challenging but rewarding job with amazing scope from a design perspective.

We are also, with the kind permission of some previous clients, arranging for photography of some of Josh’s projects which will shortly be available to view on our website.  Wherever possible, we like to use local businesses ourselves and The Sketch Collective are carrying out the photography for us, but we’re just waiting for the odd nice day weather-wise – we could be waiting a long time … hopefully not too long.

Last but not least, now is the time to start thinking about those special gifts for Christmas, particularly if you want something a bit different from the obligatory pair of socks and shower gel set, though they do have their uses.  With a number of interesting pieces in the Gallery, from original oil paintings to original and iconic pieces of furniture you will definitely find that special something through us.

Josh & Petra

New… New… New…

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New Studio New Gallery Space New Website 

We are extremely pleased to announce that after our rather hectic and time consuming move, with a few issues thrown in along the way(!), we are now successfully installed in our new premises – still in the  market town of Ledbury, Herefordshire with its eclectic mix of boutique shops and well-renowned events such as H Art and the Ledbury Poetry Festival.

Josh has a fab New Studio where clients or anyone requiring advice on Planning, Building Regulations and Listed Buildings; and all things related to architectural and interior design, can call in for a chat to discuss their potential project and/or ask for advice.  Josh is now offering a Saturday Planning Surgery, which is by appointment and has a nominal fee of £30 for a half hour consultation – pretty good considering he will be able to advise you on your potential project, whether it is feasible and discuss ways forward and some potential ideas.  All with no obligation.

One of Josh's designs with a  fabulous glazed  ? hard to believe it was a 1950's bungalow

One of Josh’s designs with a fabulous glazed gable and bridge link,                                           hard to believe it was a 1950’s bungalow!


Well, the New Gallery is beautiful and a great space with more character which showcases the furniture to its best.  We do have some rarities in the shape and form of some very individual chairs (all original – no copies) such as the Model 401 chair designed by Alvar Aalto, an original Bird Chair and Ottoman by Harry Bertoia dating from the 1960’s and a couple chairs by British designer William Plunkett; the Reigate Rocker and Reigate Armchair – to name but a few.  Also, for all you Bell Pottery fans out there – we hope to have some stock very soon!

A view of the New Gallery

A view of the New Gallery

If you can’t make it in to see us, check out our New Website.  Our new site is quite different to our previous site, but we believe it will make things a great deal easier for you to find what you are looking for, and for the first time ever you can now BUY ONLINE!!

Last but not least, we have to thank Micky Harris of DMD (Digital Marketing and Design), who designed our new website for us:  www.dmdesign.net

We hope you like it!

Thanks for reading.

Josh & Petra