The Grade II* listed farmhouse was in need of a modern kitchen and dining space that could not only form the heart of the home, but also provide excellent connection to the large south-facing garden. The farmhouse has elements dating back to the 13th century, and it’s beautifully organic thatched roof helped to generate the new extension’s architectural approach. The goal was to combine the traditional, organic material of thatch with highly contemporary frameless glass and an engineered oak structure.
Built off of the garden facing gable end of the house, and removing some 20th Century extensions, the new addition also makes use of the local flint stone walls that are so characteristic to the area. The twisting thatched roof form is reflected in green-oak trusses that change shape as they move towards the glazed gable end. It is planned to enlist the help of Carpenter Oak for its construction.
At the rear of the new space, abutting the exposed flint gable wall of the farmhouse, is the contemporary open plan kitchen. This combines a wall of units, a long horizontal run that looks out of a large slot window, and a large central island. From the kitchen, views out of the 3m high glazing panels towards the garden and hills beyond are enjoyed. The dining area also hosts an informal Oak bench built into the wall, to create a space that can accommodate the family or guests.
The vaulted roof gives light and space that is just not possible in the more intimate rooms of the farmhouse. This can be enjoyed within the room, or from the first floor bedroom adjoining the kitchen. From this higher vantage point, the qualities of the twisting oak trusses and steel tie rods can be truly appreciated.
The extension combines traditional and modern styles and materials, paying homage to this important listed farmhouse whilst remaining a contemporary and exciting architectural addition.