CODA Bespoke designs make life easier for Louie George

Good design isn’t just about making a space look good, it’s about enhancing how people live. We are honoured to be involved in a project helping to make life easier for a young Barnsley boy living with a rare condition that has a major impact on every aspect of his life.

When Louie George Wood was born at just 28 weeks in 2016 he weighed only 2lb and suffered a brain bleed, chronic lung disease, suspected sepsis, anaemia and stomach issues.

Having survived that ordeal though, mum and dad Jodie and Tom and older brother Jake were then given the devastating news that Louie George had been diagnosed with quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy.

The family has now set about the task of raising the £120,000 needed to pay for life improving surgery in the USA.

And at the same time they have put out an appeal for help in making their Mapplewell home safer and more user friendly for Louie George.

Disability home for Louie George

“We live in an old house and one that really isn’t very easy for Louie George to get around in,” Jodie explained.

“I went onto Facebook and put out a bit of a cry for help and we were amazed by the response.

“It turned into a bit of a DIY SOS sort of situation, with builders, tilers and plumbers all offering their help.

“But most important at this stage, Abel Hinchliffe from CODA Bespoke got in touch and offered to create the designs for the extension we need.”

Those plans, which have now been approved by Barnsley Council, will see the creation of a new kitchen deigned with Louie George’s needs in mind, improved access to the garden, a lift, specially adapted toilet, physio room and a wet room.”

“It was really important to us that Louie George should be upstairs with us at night and not in another part of the house,” Jodie said.

“He suffers from chronic lung disease and you can guarantee that things always happen at night so I need to know I can run straight in to him.

“CODA’s designs give us everything that we need and we can’t wait to get the work started.”

CODA Bespoke director Abel Hinchliffe said: “We were delighted to be able to offer our assistance in making life easier for Louie George and the whole family.

“We know how important architectural design is, not only in creating a building that is beautiful but also in creating a building that is useful, no matter what your physical condition.”

As the family look forward to work getting underway, they are also continuing the fundraising for Louie George’s surgery. To make a donation simply visit the Just Giving website here >>

We are delighted to see our Corn Yard project featured in the January 2020 edition of Homebuilding & Renovating magazine.

The epitome of low-maintenance, yet high-impact design, Cord Yard was designed by CODA Bespoke for twin brothers who wanted to live close to each other, yet separately. The two self-builds mirror one another in design and sustainability; the superstructures are highly insulated and are supplied with hydropower from the millpond they overlook.

Steel, concrete, plywood, and exposed plumbing and lighting are all used in abundance for an ultra-industrial, luxurious finish.

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With the big day just around the corner, we wanted to take the time to wish all our friends, customers and staff a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

2019 has been a record year for us and we couldn't have done it without all your support. There have been so many fantastic achievements to look back on, from features in national publications to recognition at prestigious award ceremonies. We've also grown with talented new additions joining the team and we are proud to have completed some of our biggest and most standout schemes to date.

Instead of sending corporate cards and gifts we have donated £1,000 to sponsor a star at Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity ( please feel free to click and donate too)

Over the festive period our office will be closed from 5.30pm 23rd December and will re open 8.30am 2nd January 2020.


We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the 'Best Architectural Practice' category in the Northern Design Awards 2019. The category seeks to recognise a practice with impeccable credentials which delivers for its clients time after time.

The Northern Design Awards recognise excellence in design in this part of the country and are judged by some of the best in the business, making it a real honour to be in the running.

The winners will be revealed on Friday 15 November. Follow us on our social media and check for updates from the night.

The annual Build It Awards celebrates all aspects of self-build and renovation, including completed projects, services and suppliers. The awards bring together architects, manufacturers and key industry figures in recognition of innovation and excellence in the custom and self build home sector.

We are delighted that our 'Glassworks' project has been shortlisted in the Best Self-Build For Under £250k. A fantastic project that shows you don't need a huge budget to create a special self build home.

Glassworks is a small two-family self-build house development in Kelham Island. Built on the site of a former glassworks, the project made use of a brownfield site to contribute to this most sought-after neighbourhood. The houses are of modern design with echoes of international influence and drawing from the local heritage which shapes its immediate surroundings.

As part of their Meet the Architect series, international design and architecture magazine Enki interviewed Abel Hinchliffe director at CODA Bespoke.

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We are excited to announce that CODA Studios have been shortlisted in the Best Residential Consultancy/Advisory Practice category and Sky House in Best Innovation Project at the Variety Yorkshire Residential Property Awards on Thursday 10th October 2019 at Bowcliffe Hall.

CODA Bespoke Variety Yorkshire Residential Property Awards

These awards raise substantial donations for Variety Yorkshire children's charity, a very worthy cause.

Grand Designs has been the television home of incredible property projects for over 20 years, and some of the creations have been truly inspired. With nearly 200 episodes in the archives, it has changed the way we think about self-building, compelling people up and down the country to undertake the daunting but rewarding experience of building their own home.

Some of the houses on the show have gone on to win awards, while others have stood out in the viewer’s memories for the uniqueness of their designs. Some of the houses are wacky and unusual, while others are truly inspiring pushing the boundaries of construction and design to the limit.

When we were approached with the offer to feature our Corn Yard project on the show how could we refuse. With the clients tight budget, their clear vision and the unusual plot it would be both a challenging and rewarding project to work on, but we relished the opportunity. Since the episode was aired almost a year ago the response has been overwhelming. The project has gone on to win regional awards and receive continued interest.

With so many iconic projects featured over the years it is an honour that ours stands out to so many people. As Grand Designs celebrates two decades of air time, we are therefore even more delighted to announce that the Corn Yard has been ranked 29th in a recent Telegraph article that celebrates the best projects from the show.

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Our Sheffield Studio is hiring. We're looking for an ambitious Chartered Structural Engineer to work closely with our CODA Bespoke team on luxury residential projects.

To apply or for more information please email

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