In place of an existing 70’s extension, the clients required an extension that was sympathetic to the integrity of the original Grade II listed 17th century farmhouse, but which provided additional space and a spacious kitchen diner with lots of glazing providing views out.
They weren’t keen on creating a 'radical' ultra-modern extension but did want to avoid a pastiche of the old.
They wanted a modern space with ‘good flow,’ ideal for a growing family and a practical addition to a working farm. They identified an appreciation for natural materials - wood cladding, glass, lead, copper and definitely wanted sustainability.
When asked to produce a list of rooms Lisa (one of the clients) instead presented MOLE with a pot she had made, saying, “I don’t know what I mean by it, but there’s something about this pot that conveys what I feel about the extension.”
The scheme is located in the within the Low Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close the boundary of the High Wield. The scheme was designed following research into the historic development of farmyards within the Weald, based on 3500 farmstead sites analysed on historic maps. These historic farmsteads are characterised by: ‘Loose Courtyards,’ ‘L-plans’ and ‘Dispursed Clusters’.
The extension is designed to be redolent of an agricultural building adjacent to the farmhouse.
Attached while visually separated from the existing farmhouse, the extension provides a contemporary reinterpretation of local farmsteads. It is constructed from reclaimed brick from a nearby farmhouse, with a glulam timber frame barrel-vaulted roof structure covered in terne-coated steel. A glass link provides access into the farmhouse while giving breathing space to the new extension. The ground floor of the extension contains a generous south-facing family kitchen and above, a master bedroom enjoys the vault.
The clients project managed construction and the extension forms part of a broader ongoing sustainable development strategy organised across the larger collection of buildings that make up Hawthbush farmyard.
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