Located in the heart of the old village, the house’s history is intertwined with that of the area and the many other listed buildings located in and around the village.
In 2005, Camillin Denny Design were approached by the new owners of one of these remaining houses. Having bought the property from a well-known pop musician, the owners wanted to remove much of the previous owners eclectic style and replace it with a more considered, quiet contemporary approach that respected the original character of the property. They were also keen to remove a 1980’s side extension to the house and to replace it with a more stylish space that would be used as a family room and connect the interior spaces to the fantastic gardens to the rear of the property. Mark Camillin was the practice’s director responsible for the project and the practice set about researching the characteristics of note within the property. Research in local council archives, the listed building documentation for the property, the local community archives and in books and other literature regarding the original architect and the property led to a comprehensive understanding of the history of the house.
The main external alterations were the removal of the 1980’s garden room extension and re-landscaping of the rear garden. The removal of the existing garden room allowed a new more contemporary family room space to be located in this area. The proposed extension to the garden elevation was proposed to improve the relationship between the original building and later addition.
Other proposed changes to the ground floor included the decoration of timber panelling to the Main Hall and to the Staircase balustrade, Installation of new lighting to all areas and the installation of new built-in bookcases to the proposed ground floor Library to partially conceal a new waste pipe form the newly installed bathroom to the floor above.
The proposals for the first floor were to create a new master bedroom suite incorporating a master bedroom with ‘his’ and ‘hers’ adjacent dressing rooms and two adjacent bathrooms. Part of the issue with the existing layout was that significant settlement to the existing floor structure had led to rather dramatic slopes across some of the rooms. Camillin Denny came up with the proposal to retain the existing structure and floorboards in situ but to add a raised floor that would both level the room as well as providing service voids to accommodate the new pipework from the proposed new bathrooms. The proposals also included for the removal of non-original joinery and panelling to most of these spaces and the installation of new built-in joinery and stonework to the bathrooms.
On the second floor the main change was the removal of an existing shower room from the half landing and the removal of a section of the floor beneath it to create a double height space and the introduction of feature glass guardings around it. The remaining rooms once more had existing 1970’s built in joinery removed and new joinery installed.