Mr Hugh Macdougald and Ms Oliva Talbot
Meadowbank House

Right from the beginning Peter and his team were brilliant.

Highly professional, some brilliant ideas, with great attention to detail, guiding us through the rather lengthy process with patience & understanding ensuring happy client and fabulous home when it was finally signed off.

Couldn’t recommend them highly enough.

Two projects finished to the highest standard. Very happy.

Mr and Mrs Cooper
Little Croye

Now that the work on the house and annexe has been completed, together with the necessary clearance from the Building Inspector we wanted to write to you both to say thank you for your professional help and guidance that went well beyong the call of duty.

We are now firmly and very comfortably established; the design and all the linked facilities are giving us just what we are beginning to need and neither of us has hankered after the ‘old Little Croye’ for any of its comfortable arrangements.

At the outset you opened up our thinking to what could be achieved – very successfully and our open plan area with bifold doors is a great success both in daylight and at night. as the weather gets colder we are already appreciating the impact of all that extensive insulation and we are confident it won’t be found wanting in the depths of winter.  At the moment the snug is only coming into its own when there is a clash over television viewing!

The annexe has been turned into a very attractive living area, a great tribute to the design and clever layout – once the roofline had been lifted to its correct height!

And you have been very helpful with the financial arrangements.

So a big thank you to you both.

Joy and John Cooper

Nick and Lois Opperman - Westgate House

Nick and Lois Opperman
Westgate House


“It’s an exciting, expensive and emotional thing to build a home. The end result is what we hoped for and more…

Thanks to good professionals helping us.” – Jan 2015

Mr and Mrs Greville-Heygate - The Old Stable Yard

Mr and Mrs Greville-Heygate
The Old Stable Yard

Our interpretation of your requirements:


“Lots of to and forth with lots of decisions between us – Classic Architecture thankfully stood strong with some things which proved to give us a great outcome, yet at other times (when appropriate) would respect our decision and steer us in the right direction. This trust and balance was essential in order that we ended up with a home that exceeded our expectations.”

Overall design and layout:

“Fantastic design and layout
Open plan living with double height space, but not cavernous and empty
‘L’ shaped design works beautifully giving you many views of the property from all angles
Stunning contrast of old rough brick work with the new sleek minimalist glass and interior”

Our management of planning process:

“Going through planning made very easy
Previous relationships with the Planning Officers of great benefit
Design and materials all very sympathetic to the Grade II
Listed Building”

How you and your family now feel about living in your new home:

“Couldn’t have asked for anything more Loving entertaining family and friends Having a house of such high quality.
Standards is inspiring and makes us want to achieve similar standards in other aspects of life, be it work, family or
anything we do

Having a house that is insulted so well and with MVHR too makes spending time in every room possible, even in the winter! There are no stifling hot spaces and no freezing spaces either. We cannot over emphasis how important this is to comfortable living, something which we would have completely overlooked without Classic Architecture.”

Overall experience of using Classic Architecture:

“Thank you so much for everything you have done for us, it really has been an incredible journey together, and one that we look back on with great fondness. It was a truly special time building and creating our dream home, along with starting our family and setting up our careers and new business. We have never been so out of pocket but we wouldn’t have it any other way! Neither of us are ‘showy people’ but we can’t help but smile when friends are in awe of our house. You’ve not only inspired us, but also a lot of our friends and family to whose ambitions you can see have all been raised as a consequence. Thank you again so much Rob, Steph, Sophia, Charlie and Bump!” – July 2014

Mr and Mrs Hussey
The Old Rectory Extension

The interpretations of our requirements were very good. John really listened to what we wanted and his design reflected this. The overall design and layout are both very good. It fits in well with the rest of the room and provides a lovely light space which is perfect for what we wanted. It is practical and attractive.

The management of the planning process was excellent. John dealt extremely well with the planning and in particular the conservation Officer and the building went ahead more or less in the agreed time frame.

We are hugely happy with our new extension and now can’t imagine why we waited so long to do the work or how we fitted into our kitchen before.” – June 2014

Mr and Mrs Henderson
33 Cattle End, Silverstone

Our interpretation of your requirements:

“John Sykes has interpreted our requirements excellently, I can recall early conversations about the important things, light, space & WOW…… John was made aware that for 11/12th of the time it would be just the two of us, and has managed to create a footprint that enables us to accommodate friends and family agreeably without sacrificing any comfort within our own personal space. I can sit 10 guests around my dining table, a huge plus, and greet them in the generous front porch. More ticks on my wish list. Outside entertaining, the ‘infinity’ terrace is to die for, another box ticked.”

Overall design and layout:

“Arriving at our new home, the stone build, slate roof & oak garage make an impressive statement, upon entering the bar lifts still further to our living space. The internal space has turned out to be more magnificent than we could have hope for and visitor reactions have been enthusiastic. The curves and vaulted ceiling have certainly given us the WOW factor, and most has been made of the existing views across open farm land, not only for the living area but bedrooms too.

On a practical note the Utility and rear porch work really well with our outdoor lifestyle.

John’s attention to detail with regard to the electrical layout suits our requirements more than we could have envisaged.”

How you and your family now feel about living in your new home:

“We are looking forward to spending many more happy years here.” – July 2015

Peter Chalke CBE - Sustainable Contemporary House

Peter Chalke CBE
Sustainable Contemporary House

We were ready to be challenged and wanted an outstanding house. Peter Borchert spent a day with us, discussing our way of life, measuring our furniture and looking at photographs of modern Danish architecture. He also looked at the street scene in the village. The result was a stunning modern design that also reflected the vernacular of the village architecture and which did not look out of place. We loved the first drawings he produced and changed very little from the initial design.

The overall design was outstanding with a spacious interior and dramatic spaces whilst still giving a homely atmosphere. Everyone who visits the house is very impressed with our unusual design. The layout is efficient and suits our lifestyle well. We now live in a house that becomes more enjoyable as time passes.

Peter interpreted our ambitions and helped us achieve a stunning house, admired and complimented by all.”
– October 2011

Richard & Alex Allsopp - Listed Barn Conversion

Richard & Alex Allsopp
Listed Barn Conversion

“We had never undertaken such an extensive building project so had no experience, and limited knowledge, of the skill required to achieve architectural (sympathy) whilst simultaneously satisfying the often petty and illogical planning restrictions based on a Grade II Listed building. It was only towards the end that we fully appreciated how deftly Peter had guided us between these two contrary interests, to achieve stunning results.

The management of the construction phase was very hands-on, with minute attention to detail and regular site visits.

We couldn’t be happier and it is our dream home”. – October 2011

Andrew & Judy Pownall-Gray - Remodelled House

Andrew & Judy Pownall-Gray
Remodelled House

“As our second home built with the Practice, Peter understood we wanted a home rather than a project and was prepared to lead the design in an experienced way. He understood that wise investment was via good design and specification rather than an unlimited budget.

The before and after pictures say it all. The design is greatly admired by visitors who say the house suits the site so well. As a family home and venue for entertaining the house has been a success. Peter’s knowledge and expertise has taken the home from the ordinary to the exceptional. By remaining on top of the planners and project builders, we would never think of using anyone else to achieve a positive outcome.

As our family has grown the design of our home has been instrumental in achieving both togetherness and space. The flexibility of the living spaces has easily adapted to our needs over the growing years”. – October 2011

Doey Harris

“I am thrilled with the house and you have achieved exactly what I wanted so thank you very much” – December 2010

Comments on our office

“We were all very impressed by the new office accommodation – so beautifully light and spacious, a place where work will be both pleasant and professionally fulfilling. It is good to see a building which was at the time so run down restored and revived to take its place as a significant part of Wilton’s architectural heritage.”

“I think you have made a marvellous job of the new offices. Imaginative, light, open, super detailing and a fun place in which to work – well done”. – William Verdon-Smith FRICS, Woolley & Wallis

“I was very impressed by the conversion of the old Methodist chapel and not surprised it won an award. It is a lovely airy office space and must be a pleasure to work in.” – Tom Clay

“Thank you also for giving me the opportunity to see your new office premises. As I was talking to Peter it is interesting how Headquarters buildings so often reflect the culture of the organisation. In your case that is clearly modern, cutting edge and clearly highly practical. I imagine it is a delightful place to work and it was certainly a delightful place to have lunch” – Graham Waterton MRICS, Strutt & Parker