Our Client wished to undertake a major refurbishment of a former vicarage in a village near Warminster with the project being led by surveyors Knight Frank. This Grade II listed building has had a long and varied history, starting as a 14th century hall house that was altered in the 17th century, extended in the early 20th century, and then further altered roughly 70 years later when it was being used as a school. The early 20th century alterations had been heavy-handed in many areas, dividing internal spaces up into small rooms with high ceilings, inconsistent floor levels and high window cills.
Where rooms had been divided by modern partitions, these were removed to open up the internal space in the kitchen and bedrooms. A modern first floor was removed in the 14th century hall to restore it to its original configuration, revealing a splendid two-storey timber frame with decorative curved braces and arch-braced trusses. The refurbishment included demolition of the latest extensions and construction of a new conservatory at each end of the building.
Using our extensive experience of listed buildings, we worked with the project team to turn the Client’s vision for the building into a reality. The changes needed in the house required our Engineers to assess the bearing capacity of the ground, and to trace the structural load-bearing walls down through the building. Walls were underpinned where old foundations were weak, new steel and timber beams were designed throughout the building, and the first floor was strengthened and raised in some bedrooms to improve the relationship between floor and window cill level.
After completion of the work on the house, we appraised and designed repairs for a large pole barn outbuilding and also designed a new garden wall to enclose a more formal area of the garden. The conclusion of this project restored this wonderful house to its former glory both inside and out, and created an elegant home for country living.