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Design: Refurbishment & Extension


Project: Works to West Clarewood, Matfen

Client: Mr & Dr M Watchorn

Value: Private

north wing west barn east barn

Above: photographs of the North wing, West barn & East barn as existing.

Our Clients originally asked that we examine schemes for bringing light into their existing home, and remodel the Kitchen and family areas. However, they decided instead to seek alternative premises, and so purchased this wonderful property at West Clarewood, which offers panoramic views across open countryside west of Matfen.

This group of 19C farm buildings was converted and extended in the early 1980's, with a subsequent modification in the late 1980s since when little work has been undertaken to the property. We are delighted now to have been invited by our Clients to work with them to develop a scheme of refurbishment and extension to bring the buildings up to date and to refurbish a range of existing outbuildings to provide added accommodation.

The scheme includes a range of measures to optimise the use of renewable energy sources to exploit the available solar and thermal potential of the Site. The removal of asbestos will also be necessary from the covering of one of the outbuilding. A fully glazed Garden Room is proposed to exploit the panoramic views from the site to the north west, across the valley of the River Pont.

Planning Permission was granted last year. We have since prepared and submitted an Application to Building Control, which has been granted with two minor conditions (within 3 days!). We completed a Tender Package for the Works including a Specification and Preliminaries; layout and detail Drawings; component Drawings for the dressed stonework; and, a Schedule of Works. Following which, a successful Contractor was appointed, and we are now acting as Contract Administrator for the Works. The completion date is set for 2019.

The Works have now progressed to include the completion of the stonework outer leaf and roof to the West Barn; the installation of stone slab slating to the East Barn, including new stone ridges and rainwater goods; the installation of new steelwork and roof structure to the Garden Room, including the installation of the lead covered canopy; installation of new bi-fold doors to the North Wing, Garden Room and West Wing; the completion of internal works throughout the West Barn, Wets Wing and North Wing; the installation of all new sash windows to the whole building; and the construction of the sandstone chimneys to the Living Room to the North Wing, Garden Room, and to the West Barn. Externally, the construction of the external terrace is completed; the installation of all underground services is nearly complete; and, the construction of the Entrance Porch and Garage has commenced.

Below: Photographs of new random rubble stonework and roof to West Barn; and, stone roof slating to East Barn.

west barn 1509 East Barn

Below: Photographs of internal view from the Kitchen through to the Garden Room (left); and new bi-fold doors, balcony and canopy externally to Garden Room (right).

Garden Room and Kitchen 1509 GR EXT

Below: The photograph to the left illustrates new bi-fold doors to the Kitchen and Living Room adjacent to the new sandstone courtyard terrace; the photograph to the middle illustrates the new oak Entrance Porch to the North Wing; and, the photograph to the right illustrates the new stove and sandstone hearth and backset to the Living Room.

1509 courtyard 1509 entrance porch 1509 stove
















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