Blog

An occasional series in words and pictures featuring some of the interesting aspects of building and design.

  • What Is Polychrome Brickwork?

    Polychrome Brickwork Polychrome brickwork sounds very sophisticated, but it essentially just means using bricks of different colours when building. As a style, it was very popular in the Victorian period but was generally seen as ‘too fussy’ by the Modern Movement. It was often used in designs for vernacular cottages, (see illustration from Debden Road,

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    05 May 2017
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  • 2016 Review

    Now that 2016 has drawn to a close we can look back on the year and on some of the projects we have carried out throughout. 2015 was the first year that we no longer felt the effects of the recession, and the economic improvement continued throughout 2016. It remains to be seen whether the

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    09 January 2017
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  • Is it all GreenWash?

    The partners in Hibbs and Walsh have been interested in sustainability for many years, from the early experiments with solar thermal to specifying air source and ground source heat pumps.

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    09 August 2016
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  • Drains

    Recent changes to the legislation for household drains are making it harder to build extensions.

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    01 July 2016
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  • Pevsner

    We were delighted to have the opportunity to buy a copy of Pevsner’s updated guide to Essex from Harts, Saffron Walden’s wonderful new bookshop – and even more delighted to read the entry for the Catholic Church in Castle Street.

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    01 July 2016
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  • Pet Care

    As well as designing houses for discerning clients, Hibbs & Walsh are sometimes asked to plan accommodation and/or facilities for family pets and other animals.

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    01 July 2016
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  • Designer Lofts and Cool Urban Living

    Who has not looked at the tempting images in lifestyle magazines and not wanted to live in a warehouse conversion? Often marketed as ‘lofts’ they are much sought after, particularly if they are in the more fashionable parts of London.

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    03 June 2016
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  • Well Well Well!

    Until the twentieth century most houses in Saffron Walden and surrounding villages would have depended on a well, or a stream or pond, for their water supply. So it’s not surprising that when Hibbs and Walsh are extending listed buildings they often come across the well.

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    14 March 2016
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  • Timber Framed Buildings in Saffron Walden

    Timber framed building in the UK is nothing new – indeed recent archaeological discoveries have included relics of timber framed buildings from the Bronze Age. Saffron Walden is incredibly rich in this respect, with many buildings dating back to the 14th and 15th centuries. Hibbs and Walsh have been lucky enough to work on a number of such buildings, and in the process adding to their knowledge of the history of the town.

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    08 February 2016
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  • Indoor Swimming Pool

    This is an indoor swimming pool and has been quite a challenge because we wanted two of the external walls of the building to rise up out of the pool. This meant that the sides of the pool needed to be the foundations for the building as well. Eventually, after going round and round in circles we elected to use a steel reinforced sprayed concrete structure.

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    26 April 2014
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