Springing properties back to life


When it comes to creating a new home these days, the designs generally include stylish fittings, open plans rooms and slouchy sofas: so when I watched grand designs the other day I was surprised to see someone capture the true age of their dated property, mixed with a modern barn conversion.

With a traditional dining room that can be rivalled by no other, there was simply no other option for this stunning little property which has been dated back to the fifteenth century, and unknown when purchased, happens to be the smallest surviving Tudor civic building in England.

What was supposed to be an straight forward complete renovation, turned into somewhat of a journey back to the Tudor times, maintaining all the precious details that were hidden into such a unique building. Nonetheless, the homeowners have managed to combine they’re original idea of a modern retreat with the compulsory conservation of the dated barn.

Kevin McCloud was presents grand designs urged the homeowner to preserve as much as possible however the owner seemed keener to rewrite history by restoring the guildhall to its original state. ‘Is it possible to fall in love with a beautiful old building, remove a really large portion of the details that make it what it is, and still hope it will resemble the thing you fell in love with?’

With such a huge task ahead, it was surprising to see such an awe inspiring property at the end of the project which complemented the surroundings, whilst in turn the background enhanced this wonderful property itself.

The barn next to the Tudor gem was converted into the main living quarters, which is heavily fabricated with plenty of glazing which entices light into the whole house, springing the property into life during the summer, and alternatively connecting the couple together under the stars during the crisp winter weather.

A new glazed, oak-framed cube links the large barn to the interesting guildhall, which is now used as an escape to the past in the shape of a medieval dining room.

Whilst the barn is fabricated with timber cladding that will age gracefully with the weather, the roof is masked in clay ridge tiles which over the years will restore the property to its natural beauty: both materials have perfected the renovation works that were overseen.

Altogether both the barn, and the Tudor civic building has encapsulated both historical charms with modern designs to transform the crumbling buildings into a must have property that can only get better with time.


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