The project involved the complete renovation and alteration to the existing redundant farmhouse. 

The brief:

The plan was to make the redundant farmhouse to be fit for purpose in the 21st Century. This required attention to detail to make the project cost effective and energy efficient, in what is a very exposed site within the heart of the Lake District and also environmentally acceptable in a very contentious position within the countryside.

Phase 2 was to convert the adjoining bunk barn and Shippon into a kitchen diner and living space.

We were tasked to make the property suitable for modern living, whilst being sensitive to the character of the building and its surroundings.

At an early stage great trust was placed with our company by the clients to liaise with the relevant bodies and to make positive decisions for the project.

The client would provide drawings, designs, and mood boards for us to follow, source materials and implement.

Because of the unique situation of the property the Lake District special planning board (LDSPB) wanted the farmhouse to maintain as close to its original appearance as possible. All aspects of the conversion including colours of the new doors and windows had to be approved by (LDSPB).

The barn was to have large areas rebuilt as it was unstable, but the external stonework had to match the existing size/colour exactly, a dark coloured pointing mix was developed and used for stability and weatherproofing.

Local fallen oak was used to provide lintels for the openings both externally and internally for the project. Hand made oak balustrading was made by our joiners in the farmhouse section of the build and hand painted and transfer techniques were applied to the staircase.

Locally sourced reclaimed flags were used for the fire hearths, window sills and the steps to the undercroft. Every beam in the lounge ceiling was sanded and distressed by hand for an authentic look. Some skirting boards were hand formed because the walls were so shapely.

Though from the footpath the barn still looks as though it could still be used for its original purpose.

The project has been submitted to the Federation of Master Builders Awards scheme.


Testimonial - Swindale

Troughton's is a family firm and after working on our property throughout 2015 and 2016, we feel honoured to have been part of this family during the renovation / conversion of our property.

During 2015 when the farmhouse was being renovated we were still living in Lincoln.  Despite the distance, Jim and Paul Troughton kept us regularly informed on progress, on decisions to be taken and sent us regular photographs.  Jim not only acted as a builder but full project manager and his son Paul was instrumental in design choices ensuring a beautiful finished product.

Without even asking for many of the features we now have, Jim sourced traditional stone flags for our fire places and some floored areas, plus traditional looking timbers and slates for window trusses and sills. Jim knows exactly how our old farmhouse and barn conversion should look.  His own staff have a wide range of skills and where necessary he used skilled sub-contractors.  The quality of everyone's work has been faultless and I cannot recommend them highly enough.

Every member of staff working on our property has been courteous, polite and friendly at all times.

The Troughton Home Improvements team have produced a beautiful home for us. It is truly our dream house.

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