Reconfiguring and improving a period property near Canterbury
New build Project:
This project shows how a creative idea and skilled craftsmanship can transform a house. The owners of this house loved their rural location and large rear garden but needed more space and were fed up with a front door that opened directly onto the road. The house was originally a much smaller 18th century cottage, but an Edwardian wing had been added in 1903. In a bold move the owners decided to reconfigure the whole house so that the back of the property became the front with access via a driveway at the side of the property. The house was also extended to create an Orangery and extra living space and bedrooms. A large Georgian façade was designed for the extension. The remains of the original building now sit behind the new façade and imposing front door. The former front porch is now at the back of the reconfigured property and has been extended to accommodate the outside boiler room.
The Georgian Brickwork team undertook this work on behalf of Kent Conservation and Restoration Ltd. They worked alongside R.J.Mills & Son, the general builders who co-ordinated the project The whole of the new façade was built by the Georgian Brickwork team using traditional methods and materials. Over twelve gauged window arches were set into the two storey facework. The Orangery included a long gauged arch over the doors into the garden. The architect involved in the project was David Paine (formerly with Purcell LLP) and now with his own practice, David Paine Architects www.dp-architecture.co.uk
What do the owners have to say about the Georgian Brickwork team’s workmanship?
“Charlie and Tim have produced a house that in time will look like a genuine Georgian fronted house. Their knowledge and skill cannot be questioned and their attention to detail was exacting and faultless. Together with their easy going manner they were a delight to work with alongside the main builder who had nothing but praise for them. We are thrilled with what they have achieved here and it gives us enormous pleasure every day”.
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