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RIBA chartered member

Tom Turner Architects Limited

Company Number 10327550

Restoring the natural elegance of a listed house

 

Working closely with the client we have undertaken the careful remodelling and restoration of the house to draw out its natural elegance whilst adapting the spaces to create a layout suitable for modern family life.

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Whilst the clients love the medievil charm of the existing farmhouse, the low ceilings and cellular spaces make family gatherings and entertaining difficult.

The new wing provides an open dining and sitting area with a double height space and views out over the gardens to the woods beyond.  

 
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A new house with an old soul

By using the form and materials of the local area it is believed that the house will have an emotive quality that connects with its surroundings whilst offering a contemporary model for country living.

The form of the house is derived from the vernacular typology prevalent in the South East of England. The traditional model has been updated with contemporary detailing and an open plan layout.

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Planning consent has been granted to convert and extend a 1930’s apple storage barn into a library, painting studio and music room. The barn is set beside an orchard in the heart of the South Downs National Park and was originally used as a cold store for the apples.

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Informal generosity

Replacing a lower ground utility room, a new dining area has been created to open the kitchen out towards the garden and bring natural light into the heart of the house. The clients wanted a relaxed informal gathering space for the family which has been achieved by using simple materials and construction techniques. The exposed timber rafters slope up away from the neighbouring property to provide a generosity of space and light.

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Listed building consent has been granted to convert a 17th Century granary into a home office. The granary forms part of a grouping of barns that sit within the grounds of an Elizabethan farmhouse in the South Downs National Park.

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Evolving identity

We were appointed to reconfigure the kitchen and dining spaces to evolve the identity of this handsome Italianate Villa. Ideas of light, axis and symmetry have informed the design to ensure continuity with the existing house whilst evolving the character of the space for a new generation.

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