Extensive restoration of a Grade II listed Georgian Manor House
including the complete rebuilding of an attached thatched barn.
The project extended to several outbuildings, a swimming pool
and extensive external landscaping

Marc Deaves Architects and Johnston Cave Architects

The complete replacement of all roof coverings to the main house including the rebuild of chimneys and extensive structural repairs to the roof timbers. The south elevation was in an especially poor condition and required significant structural repair to replace the highly decayed oak beams built within the fabric of the external walls. 

The thatched barn, attached to the north of the main house, was very carefully demolished to ground level. All historical principal timbers were set aside for repair and reuse within the new frame. A new substructure was constructed onto which the barn was completely rebuilt with as much respect to the existing as was possible. This included an extended zinc clad stoop to create a contemporary style of garden room facing the setting sun. New high quality M&E services were installed throughout, served by a remote plant roomin an adjacent barn. High quality cabinetry and finishes were applied including new floor finishes throughout, as well as complete redecoration. 

“Until we had picked our way through the fabric of the house, no one realised how poor a condition it was in. It was fascinating to unravel the house and carry out a thorough restoration of all the areas of failure and decay. The rebuilding of the barn was especially interesting. Very rarely do we have the opportunity to completely rebuild a Grade II listed barn under the watchful eye of the local Conservation Officer with guidance from a high calibre design team.’’