This is a project that was completed in 2008. This client came to us to work through their planning and listed building application to convert their existing granary. The conversion of the granary alone was not going to provide enough space, so the proposal was to demolish and re-build some adjacent pig sheds, creating a double garage, a large sitting room and an annex for guests.
Even more floor space was required, and the client was keen to explore the possibility of incorporating a basement beneath the new-build elements of the project. The plan was for this new basement to be built into an ‘L’ shape and to include a cinema room, a bar, large games room and a plant room. It would extend beneath a new stone patio.
This was an evolving, developing brief. The granary structure was in reasonable condition, but required full fitting-out including new concrete sub-floor, replacement second floor mezzanine, new internal walls, staircase, windows, roof covering, and so on.
The build took around 12 months and involved the full range of trades.
We had to battle with very heavy clay soil and a high water table which made waterproofing the basement structure a challenge. Careful thought and design helped to overcome these issues and kept the end costs in line with original estimated budget.
We and our clients are very happy with the end result. The property is a mixture of conversion and new-build over a total of four floors. This was a brilliant use of the site with every possible opportunity maximised.
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