Home Farm was a large, impressive brick-built barn with connected outbuildings.
Our brief was to convert it into a large single residence for Linton Park Estate to let out.
Though not listed within its own right, it is part of a Late Victorian ‘Model Farm’ which forms part of the Grade II listed park and garden associated with Grade I listed Linton Park.
Our client came to us because they were very happy with the design and building work we had previously completed on the same site – The Potting Sheds and The Tractor Shed. Even so, we won the project through the competitive tender process.
After we completed the conversion of Home Farm and its outbuildings, we were further instructed to convert two more barns on the estate – Barn A (a conversion of one barn into two homes) and Barn B (detached 3-bedroom home), Loddington Lane, which we were delighted to take on.
The conversion was to include a large entrance hall, six bedrooms, six bath /shower rooms, a 30ft x 33ft kitchen with a 10m high vaulted ceiling, gallery, study, laundry room, boot room, family room, drawing room, and triple garage.
Outside there is a private and enclosed courtyard with terrace and raised flowerbeds.
Our client was keen to retain the existing concrete sub-floor and the roof finishes, if at all possible, as the replacement of these would have involved significant cost. With design input from our structural engineers, we were able to design a steel reinforced pumped floor screed to sit on top of the existing concrete. Unusually, the building had sufficient head height to allow this, and only three doorways required adjustment to accommodate it.
To enable the retention of the roof finishes in-situ, we introduced an innovative system that enabled the ventilation of the void between the roof insulation and the non-breathable felt above. This would prevent future accumulation of moisture, that could then lead to the decay of the timber roof structure.
Internally, the principal trusses and roof framing were put on show and the rooms orientated around the double height kitchen at the corner of an ‘L’-shaped plan. Bedrooms were incorporated within the original first floor loft area and along the long range which steps down.
The hot water and heating system required two 14kw air source heat pumps with a mains water break tank and pump system to boost the water pressure and flow rates. The ground floor has cosy underfloor heating whilst the first floor has traditional radiators.
One of the challenges we had to overcome was the presence of bats within the buildings. The solution was to build a bat loft in the roof space over two of the rooms within the single storey element of the building. It’s something we’ve done before during other conversions and renovations, so we were able to quickly identify the remedy.
Another significant challenge was trying to work in the midst of the worldwide Covid 19 pandemic. Our initial contract period of 44 weeks for the project was extended to 48 weeks for this reason.
We had to be very careful in the purchasing of materials as many were in very short supply, with costs often significantly increased. To keep the costs as near to those quoted as possible, we ordered the required materials well in advance, negotiating sensible prices, purchased in bulk and then stored significant amounts on site in purpose-built storage areas. It meant that materials were bought at prices in line with the original budgeting and were available when needed, avoiding work coming to a halt due to them being unavailable temporarily or indefinitely.
Home Farm was and still is a selection of beautifully crafted farm buildings ordered around a courtyard – now converted into a luxurious 6-bedroom home. The courtyard had been concreted over but conversion of the buildings has allowed a terraced garden to be introduced and this is framed by the various gables, dormers and ventilation cupolas of the farmstead, creating a stunning, luxurious home. We were also later invited back to add a gym.
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