A late 16th Century farmhouse of considerable historic significance, but fairly run-down condition, formed the starting point for an ambitious remodeling and restoration project, featured on the BBC2 programme Restoration Home.
By opening up an entrance which had been blocked up for centuries, a connecting barn provides a light and spacious family kitchen that adjoins a formal dining room with hand carved beams and oak paneling.
Changes include the insertion of a sinuous oak staircase which ascends two storeys through the heart of the house on a ribbon-like oak spine. The new staircase provides access to a former attic space, enabling its transformation into spacious master bedroom and guest suites.
Elsewhere an enclosed 1960’s porch has been replaced with a new lead-roofed entrance canopy supported on an oak frame that responds to the robustly-carved 16th joinery evident within the house. These new insertions are intended to leave a carefully-judged but confident imprint of the remodeling work, adding to the rich history of the building.