The clients had recently bought this listed farmhouse south of Maldon and east of Chelmsford. They wanted to create an extra bedroom and improve the kitchen.

The client knew the property had potential but were uncertain how to proceed.

Our brief was to help them understand the potential, and then guide them through the process. This included negotiating planning permission, obtaining building control approval, issuing tenders to contractors and then managing the construction process for the client.


Investigation and discussion.  Over several meetings we investigated how the family used the existing house, what new space they needed, and how they would use the new space created. We also obtained specialist surveys, to investigate problems such as damp.

Exploration. We asked the client to give us a free hand to come up with ideas. We discussed the setting of the original farmhouse, the approach and entrance to the house, circulation and staircases, and the value of earlier extensions. We produced several proposals and they chose their preferred option. We also discussed the house and setting with the Conservation Officers at Maldon District Council.

Design.  The clients agreed to remove various earlier extensions. This re-established the original attractive farmhouse setting. We proposed a new two storey extension, taking the form of a contemporary barn conversion. A double height glazed link connected the original farmhouse to the new barn like extension, and provide space for a bright new entrance hall and glass staircase.

Planning. As we had consulted thoroughly with the planning department the proposals sailed through planning to obtain Listed Building Consent first time.

Construction. We managed the tender process and administered construction on site.

glass staircase

glass staircase guardrail

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