Renovating a Grade II listed building in Oxfordshire
This Grade II listed building in Oxfordshire was originally two cottages that had been joined together and then added to with additional building works over the years.
Creating a well-thought-out family home
The result of these alterations over the many years meant that even though the house had a large footprint, the internal layout of the house was more of a collection of rooms joined together, rather than a well-thought-out family home. For example – the front door had ended up opening straight onto a staircase rather than into a hallway or reception room.
The building itself had real potential to be a comfortable and practical family home but the layout and lack of natural light in the main rooms – blocked by the various extensions – meant it was a maze of darkened rooms and corridors.
Making the kitchen the heart of the home
The owner of the building loved to cook and bake for her family, so a plan was agreed to restore the kitchen to the heart of the home. Keeping within the original footprint we removed internal walls and replaced the old extension to make a large and well-lit kitchen that flowed into a dining room and onto the large conservatory.
This meant that while cooking in the kitchen, the owner could comfortably host friends and family – allowing her to do the two things she loved. We also looked at storage and practical rooms that had been previously missing – like a walk-in larder, a ground floor bathroom and a cloak/boot room where dogs, coats and wellies could dry off.
Subtle changes make a big difference
By making a change to the way the support steels had been originally covered we were able to raise ceiling heights, adding to the sense of space and light on the ground floor, and we softened the coverings on the existing beams to make them far less obtrusive.
Creating a beautiful entrance
The front door was moved to open into a welcoming hallway rather onto a staircase and every bedroom and bathroom was refurbished with other general improvements throughout the house, in keeping with the work on the ground floor.
Outside, we converted a garage and store into a self-contained guest cottage as well as converting the old pool house into secure external storage.
Finally, now the owner had a beautiful home to entertain and show-off her baking skills we hard landscaped the grounds so they complemented the main house and completed this renovation.
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HNB Construction understand that your lifestyle is key to the way your home needs to be redesigned. Working with us from the very start of your project will give you a greater chance of not only getting the home you want but avoiding expensive mistakes. Great care and attention need to be taken with listed buildings – but being sympathetic, understanding what Historic England want to see and knowing the limitations – are the key to success.
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