The project brief was to re-design the stone buildings that were linked to the main Grade II listed house in the heart of the Welland Valley with an oak frame which would create a larger mid centered dynamic space.
The planning authority had some important historical sections to the house that were essential to keep the heritage of the building intact, therefore the design had to be around and including these details.
The natural qualities of the sympathetic nature of the oak lent itself to be the material of choice for this project. The new space that the oak framed structure created, allowed us to remove most of the inner walls which, when flooded with the natural light of the direct glazed south elevation, seemed cavernous. This was what was needed as there were many rooms and differing functions that we needed to get into this new space. With a new floor space of 150m2 created, this left enough room for all of the functions and rooms. These consisted of a WC and cloakroom, hallway from the main house including an enlarged opening from the main house into the new area, a formal eating area, a new kitchen including a large breakfast bar and island unit, a designated pantry, utility & WC, new rear door and hallway and large day room. The configuration of these functions were placed in specific areas to produce a flowing dynamic use of space. Planning this flow and thinking about how the end user will move throughout the differing spaces is so important when designing several areas off a large open space. The large open kitchen was designed to work as a farmhouse kitchen with a high degree of expected use, with several ovens and many work top areas.
Internally the heating is produced by a new underfloor heating system run by the boiler and controlled by thermostats. The new electrical circuits installed through out the build ran the interior and exterior lighting all on dimmer switches. The exterior bi-fold and pedestrian doors are hand-made for us locally by a specialist joiner. Our bi-fold door system has been designed specifically to fit into our direct glaze system, the doors themselves are over three inches thick and importantly are a bottom run system.
This bottom run system allows for movement from the oak frame without transference to the delicate running gear; this basically equates to a trouble free system for years to come.
The Atrium light was hand-made in our workshop barns here at Tur Langton as was the oak frame. The atrium glazing system was an extruded glazed bar system that we use extensively throughout our projects.
All of the hard landscaping was then done by our team of groundsmen and builders again using natural stone which, when sealed, creates a lovely contrast to the external oak facing stone of the buildings.
With the heart of the house now complete we are now venturing into the periphery buildings, firstly the new study that has had a total makeover, the main house hallway has also had a make over with new walls, electrics and oak flooring.
As this project is an ever-growing and ever-evolving project we’re not sure of the full completion date, that being said, as soon as the new sofas turn up for the main new living area I am sure that the clients will feel as if they have reached the end !
At least for that part of the house !