To build a replacement dwelling to allow the family to remain in the local area by accommodating their children and elderly relatives. The existing dwelling was originally two shepherds cottages, converted into one. The conversion of the property had lead to a poor internal layout. The clients wanted to create a new house that would fit beautifully into its surroundings and for the new dwelling to make the most of the wonderful setting of the site.
The old maps show that there was originally a small farmstead or collection of small agricultural buildings on the site located in the area of the existing house and outbuilding and the proposal is of a scheme that aims to recreate a dwelling with the feeling of a farmhouse and associated outbuilding. This was achieved convincingly in the local vernacular style. The aim for the new dwelling to fit naturally within the setting, therefore enhance the surroundings and to have less of an impact on the surroundings than the existing building. The brief was therefore to design a new house in the style of a local farmhouse in the local vernacular to sit naturally within the landscape, which we believe has been achieved.
The design of the house included the use of high quality vernacular materials where possible. Split over three floors and a basement level, the house was constructed of a brick plinth in Flemish bonded ‘Old Farmhouse Blend’ by Hoskins, lime mortar, with lime washed rendered walls above. Part of the Wealden style hall house was clad in re-used Kent peg tiles above the time washed rendered walls, separated by a green oak moulding. The roof is clad in Kent Peg tiles as are the dormer windows. An outshot with a lean to roof is situated to the north of the main house, clad in re-used Welsh slate roof tiles. The first floor is partially jettied on its traditional medieval style oak frame with diagonal dragon beams to the corners. The master bedroom offers an upper level gallery and exposed oak frame structure including two beautifully crafted crown posts.
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