No.1 Longhouses farmstead, whilst not listed, has its origins in a 17th century longhouse. It’s layout and fabric have been much altered over the subsequent centuries and its present configuration and sub-division has been greatly affected by a refurbishment in 1983.
The principals guiding our proposals for No.1 Long Houses are sensitive repair to retain as much of the historic fabric as is practically possible, to return the performance of the materials to a homogeneous balance by removing inappropriate modern materials and replacing with traditional and permeable materials.
Where we created new spaces within the existing structure, such as completing the barn conversion and the ancillary domestic accommodation within the outbuilding, the design has been formed around the ideas of, minimal enclosure of open space to retain agricultural nature of buildings and setting. Minimal intervention at junctions between new and old, using traditional and permeable materials that will not affect the performance of the existing solid masonry walls. Minimal new openings (barn; 3 windows, 2 roof-lights, outbuilding; 1 roof-light) to allow natural light to internal spaces.
Retaining agricultural nature of buildings through size, proportion and materials. Where we demolished modern extensions and created new structures to the rear of the property to form a conservatory and a bay window our concepts were, to remove unsightly additions to return the building to a simpler form, to keep new build within the footprint of the earlier extensions but reduce the volume and reduce impact with a light touch of new to old.
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“We chose CG because we wanted a conservation architect on our restoration project, both in terms of protecting what was there, but also reversing some more recent modern alterations to the property. CG was of particular help in taking our initial ideas, complementing them with their input, and driving it through the planning permission process. After a long haul, we are delighted with the outcome. Our visitors book sums it up: “fabulous house in a splendidly serene location", "beautiful comfortable house, amazing setting", "so well refurbished", "The house exceeded our expectations".
Low House Farm, is a grade II listed house, bank barn and long-house with outbuildings situated south west of Littletown in the Newlands Valley, close to Keswick in the county of Cumbria.
Completed in 1861 Morland Hall was always about prestige, using brick brought from Lancaster rather than local stone, its early life was one of luxury serving as a country house for local gentry until the WWII.
Thornthwaite Hall, is an impressive grade II listed hall house near the village of Bampton near to Haweswater in the county of Cumbria. The large farmhouse comprises a late 16th century tower and hall, however, the hall had fallen in to disrepair by the late 20th century with part of it used as a bank barn.
We acted as conservation consultants, tasked with carrying out a condition survey of the listed building, which facilitated the preparation of a schedule of repairs, to be costed by the QS. We provided advice and guidance in the design of details within or associated with the listed building, coordinated and liaised with the wider team members, and provided the necessary conservation advice where required
We are engaged as the Castle and Estate architects, researching, investigating, surveying, specifying and over-seeing works.