Set within 70 acres of Kent countryside, the new owners of this Grade II listed, farmhouse and barn approached Gregory Phillips Architects to completely refurbish and modernise their home in a sensitive manner. Initial stages of the project comprised of working closely with the local planning authority to agree suitable interventions which would enhance rather than harm the character of the property.
A proposal was developed to reconfigure areas of the ground and first floor to rationalise the layout. At ground floor level, the kitchen was moved out of the main house into a new extension and an opening was formed in the barn wall improving the connection with the kitchen in order to incorporate the barn space into daily family use. At first floor level, alterations were made to the master ensuite and dressing area and to create a suite of guest bedrooms. All of the mechanical and electrical services were renewed in order to improve energy efficiency and comfort of the home.
Existing features such as skirting, cornices and internal doors were retained and restored to maintain the original character of the property. All Finishes were renewed throughout, using a carefully detailed muted palette of natural materials including oak floors, oak and painted timber wall panelling, terracotta tiles and linen and wool fabrics - all selected for their tactility to create a comfortable rural home and a ‘modern farmhouse’ aesthetic.
Works also included refurbishment of the existing indoor and outdoor swimming pools along with landscaping works to the courtyard and driveway.