Our clients recently purchased this stunning listed property and its outbuildings, and wanted to renovate it to suit the needs of a modern growing family whilst preserving its period appearance and feel.
The house, owned by the previous family for over 40 years, was well loved and faced a large and mature garden. The main house, built in circa 1720 was originally a cottage; it was doubled in size around 1850 and again in 1902 making for an interesting and eclectic set of spaces.
The design worked around creating an open plan hub of the house without damaging the proportions and layout of the existing listed building. We achieved this by creating a modern lightweight pavilion extension, linking the existing kitchen and an enlarged sitting room in the north wing which became the play room. This allowed the flow between the principal spaces of the house to work much better.
On the first floor a connection of three rooms created the master suite. The children's bedrooms are all situated on the south wing and have their own bathroom.
The top floor was opened up by vaulting the ceiling to create a stunning guest suite.
The outbuildings were largely rebuilt (originally a butlers quarters, piggery, stables and garages) to provide a workshop and a two bedroom annexe. The ceilings were vaulted to improve the proportions, and roof lights were added to improve the amount of natural light in the space. A climbing wall was added in a workshop / hobby room.
Finally, two further extensions gave the client an additional utility space and a home office. We used a small existing basement to house all of the plant for the main property.