Private House, Near Malton


This is a current project where our client wishes to renovate and upgrade a traditional farm cottage and convert an adjoining stone farm building to create a quality dwelling house. Parts of the cottage are believed to date back 300 years. In more recent times, there has been rather unsympathetic adaptations to the rear by way of an increase in height to a previous lean-to structure and the addition of a small porch. Latterly, upvc double glazed units have also been fitted. The cottage interiors are somewhat dated and a full scheme of modernisation is proposed to bring the property up to current day standards.

The design involves re-configuring interior spaces to allow improved use of space and circulation. An extension is proposed to the north side which will be of traditional appearance and constructed using appropriate materials.

The existing (rather unsympathetic) lean-to structure to the rear of the cottage has at some point been raised (possibly in the 1970’s), with flat roof structure over to provide additional bedroom accommodation at first floor level. The proposals include the removal of this flat roof and forming a double-pitched roof with stone kneelers and copings which better relate to the main cottage gable.

The existing stone walls to the cottage and adjoining building are to be lined internally to greatly improve thermal comfort with an underfloor heating system installed throughout, serviced by a ground source heat pump.

Externally, all existing upvc framed windows and doors are to be removed with new timber framed replacements fitted. The cottage and the adjacent building’s roofs are to be stripped with new clay pantiles laid, with the existing masonry walls being re-decorated.

The sympathetic proposals will greatly improve the layout and appearance of the buildings. Works are due to be completed in the Autumn of 2016.

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