We have just completed extensive refurbishments to a grade II listed stunning home in the Welland valley village of Barrowden. The hand made air dried oak frame was an essential part of the design, allowing us to renew the family’s dynamic use of the ground floor. The added space that was created enabled us to totally alter the way the family used and flowed through the different spaces and room functions. The functions that we needed to incorporate into this new space were a new kitchen, a formal eating area, a snug, day room/front room, outside eating/BBQ area, utility, hallway & front entrance. This was a fairly delicate task that needed to work seamlessly to sew all the differing functions together, this was done by our architects over several weeks with many referrals to the clients. Our associated kitchen suppliers Lewis & Hill were commissioned to supply the new kitchen that was fitted into the rear space of the property. The clever removal of a few walls and doors opened the look and feel of the kitchen area.
The walls that we had to rebuild, we did in oak with glass incorporated into them as they actually divided the rooms up but with as little aesthetic presence as possible. A Sonos sound system was also installed into the majority of the rooms, using integral ceiling and wall speakers this along with the internal and external lighting help to create the moods needed for all occasions. The flooring was a specialist engineered oak at 300mm wide , these super wide boards helped with the illusion of space and with the boards available at over 6 meters long, the floor helped to join all the differing aspects of the ground floor visually. The logia was the key to the covered eating/BBQ area, the access being gained through oak specialist bi-fold doors that lead to the formal eating area and kitchen.
The majority of the heating was through a newly fitted underfloor heating system, although this sounds simple, it was a task in itself due to the age of the existing property and the complexities within its several hundred year old walls. New solid oak doors throughout with hand-made hinges and Suffolk latches, new plain skirting and architrave were all in keeping with this beautiful period home and helped complete all the details required. The completed project not only succeeded in creating new space that flowed freely but also created an aesthetically individual amd beautiful home. As projects go , this particular one is one of the most beautiful finished homes that we have had the pleasure of creating.