Cyma Architects is a Kent based architectural practice working in Ashford, Canterbury, Folkestone, Rye, Tonbridge and across the South East.

Placketts Hole


Our brief was to construct a new studio with living accommodation with open plan area at ground floor level and two rooms at first floor one with en-suite bathroom. Also to have additional temporary overnight accommodation.


  • It is within grounds of a Grade II Listed Farm House.
  • Presumption against development in the countryside.
  • The Client was working to a very tight budget.


  • Traditional Kent green oak frame barn form resulted in relatively easy passage through the planning system.
  • Close collaboration between Cyma and the client enabled the client to have significant design input and project manage the construction stage thus keeping costs to a minimum.
  • Oak frame and Electrical works let as separate subcontracts to enable client project management.
  • Green oak frame construction enabled off site fabrication and quick on site erection of frame.
  • Sliding screen at ground floor and fold out bed created additional sleeping area.
  • Green oak frame construction resulted in dramatic open plan internal spaces.
  • Ground source heat pump in combination with under floor heating used.
  • Resulting in the building having a very low environmental impact.
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