Design Story 1)

Iwerne Minster Cottage, Dorset. DT11
2018 – 2019

Please see below a series of design projects completed by Lex McMillan Architects. 

Lex McMillan Architects Ltd. over saw the complete renovation of this existing brick and stone farm workers cottage to create an inviting and comfortable family home.


This project involved the complete renovation of an existing village property that was damp and dilapidated, having been neglected for many years. Lex McMillan Architects re-designed the interior to create a large live in farmhouse kitchen plus additional reception rooms. The decision was made to remove all floors and replace the roof allowing for the creation of an additional story for 1 further bedroom, attic storage and a children’s play room.

Where possible, existing features were retained. There was a large amount of Elm used within the original construction and peeling back the layers to reveal the beauty of this, our favourite timber, was a delight.

The living room floor needs to be seen to be believed.

Lex McMillan Architects pride themselves on their hands on approach and were involved with assisting the build process where possible. We pulled together a variety of trades people rather than rely on a main contractor and in doing so learnt a great deal about the different challenges presented with rural properties as opposed to inner city projects.

Design Story 2):

Blenheim Crescent, Notting Hill
2019 – Spring 2020


Lex McMillan Architects over-saw the redevelopment of an existing terraced commercial property on one of Notting Hill’s most iconic and recognisable streets.

Working in conjunction with Structural Engineers from Martin Cooper Associates, this design project involved the full demolition of the existing structure and insertion of a 4 meter deep basement on a tight urban site adjacent to the Portobello Road. The basement and ground floor has become a vibrant and thriving restaurant, with a triplex apartment above.

Lex McMillan Architects, worked in conjunction with ‘ADL Planning Consultants’ to secure all relevant permissions. We then entered into early tender negotiations with the main contractor to ensure correct sequencing of what was an extensive and structurally demanding scheme within a close urban site. The property was then rebuilt to create a striking and modern apartment with 2 roof terraces and open planning living room and kitchen.

View more design projects by Lex McMillan Architects. Further images of the finished scheme can be viewed under the Projects page.

Design Story 3):

The Stables, Cranborne Chase AONB, North Dorset  2020 – 2023


Lex McMillan Architects were asked to over see the re-development of an existing stable block once part of a larger estate. The property consisted of an L-shaped single and 2 storey block surrounded by a walled garden, within the Cranborne Chase AONB.




We obtained planning permission to raise the roof level of the lower block to create an additional guest bedroom suite, along with a full double height extension for a further bedroom and ground floor snug.

Working with local craftspeople, we were able to retain the character and soul of this very special building whilst upgrading the fabric and services to include air source heat pumps to run the underfloor heating and thermally efficient aluminium heritage double glazing. Particular internal features include the new oak beam spanned kitchen ceiling and French limestone fire surround.

This project is now nearing completion and we are thrilled with the result so far! Please keep an eye on our website for further updates and images to follow. 

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