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