Stephen Jeffrey Architects - Architect design in Essex

Large Detached Listed House

This fine Grade 2* listed house was probably built in the 13th century as an 'aisled hall' and has undergone numerous changes and alterations since. Most notable is the 18th century brick front facade concealing the mediaeval timber-framed house behind.
We were asked by the building's owners to prepare designs to improve and conserve the house and obtain the various Local Authority consents.
Detailed design work included:
  • the addition of a small second Kitchen for the Owner's extended family, formed by the enclosure at ground level of a former open porch area. A new timber-panelled wall, with arched top window, was in-set behind an existing timber arch and the return wall was finished in lime render with a new timber sash window.
  • measures to tackle damp (inadvertantly caused by ill-thought out alterations in the recent past), including the removal of modern concrete internal floors on polythene damp-proof membranes and the careful lowering of external ground levels where they were higher than internal floor levels. Bespoke details were developed to be used in certain areas to help the building's fabric dry out and function more as a 'breathable' structure. These details were included as part of the Building Regulations' application and received approval.
  • replacement windows and doors, including new double-doors out to the garden with an elliptical fanlight over.
  • the repair of an ancient part-timber frame Outbuilding.
  • a substantial new brick garden boundary wall in lime mortar.
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