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Traditional Homes

Coach House & Cart Shed Conversion

This sensitive conversion, alteration and extension scheme – situated within an East Oxfordshire village conservation area and adjacent to a Grade I Listed church – originated as a late 19th Century coach house and timber framed cart shed, forming part of the village’s rich, rural heritage.

Following a carefully managed, phased design and planning process to overcome significant constraints, including an adjacent floodplain, approval was secured to connect the coach house and cart shed – formed by a modest and habitable single storey link, with a lightweight glazed walkway between – and introduce two secondary gable extensions to the rear, and additional stable block.

Maintaining the simple vernacular of the existing buildings, while creating an eco-home fit for modern family living was key. With minimal alterations to the street facing facades, and the retention of substantial sections of the building’s fabric – through careful restoration, and where required, use of reclaimed materials – this restrained scheme ensures the sympathetic preservation of the historical elements of the site.

While the front façade is traditional in style, the design to the rear offers a sympathetic yet unashamedly contemporary aesthetic. New extensions – subservient in their mass and scale – play a low impact role on the dwelling and wider context. The resultant scheme seamlessly balances the two architectural styles, while providing the optimum modern living environment for our client.

Project Details
Project Name The Coach House
Project Reference 17146
Structural Engineer OMK Consultancy
Interior Architecture Anderson Orr