As mentioned in the last post celebrating our colleague Tim Watson, we are pleased to confirm that Planning and Listed Building consent has recently been granted for a wholesale refurbishment and extension to a Grade II Listed farmhouse located just outside of a charming South Oxfordshire village.
Key to the client’s brief was reconfiguring the existing internal layout in a manner that respected the property’s history, whilst making it more conducive with modern living. Working in conjunction with local Heritage Consultant, Jamie Preston of @JP Heritage, meticulous analysis, and research tracing back the history of the property was undertaken to establish how this unique building had changed over multiple phases of development, spanning the last five centuries. By carefully piecing together this natural evolution and presenting the Local Authorities with a thorough record of the past, we were able to justify multiple internal alterations to the existing layout which include the relocation of an ill-considered staircase – back to its original location – and the removal and insertion of internal partitions to enhance the floor plan.
In addition to the work to remodel the existing historic house, approval was secured for spectacular rear and side extensions to provide modern, open-plan living accommodation. The former cramped kitchen wing is to be demolished and replaced with a light and airy kitchen and family room, leading through to a generous vaulted dining room sited over the footprint of an existing dilapidated outbuilding. The style of the extensions has been carefully designed to be sympathetic to the existing house, whilst providing a sharp, modern contrast to continue the property's heritage for future generations to come.
For ‘before’ and ‘after’ views, see right.