A Listed, 'at risk' farmhouse is rescued and transformed.

Saved and restored

This 17th century, four bay, half-timbered thatch roof farmhouse, built in the middle of nowhere, suffered at some point during the 19th century from its exposed location and the intervention of a fire.

Where did you say the building is?

The thatch roof was lost and the half-timbered frame perished to the extent that front and side walls were replaced with Victorian brickwork and the thatch replaced with clay tiles. These later works gradually suffered a similar fate and by the early 2000s the building was placed on Aylesbury Vale District Council's Listed Buildings 'at risk' register. The building was literally held together by a huge amount of ivy and a mature ash tree growing from within.

We obtained planning consent to replace a 60s bungalow, and a large range of tumbled down agricultural buildings in very close proximity to the Listed Building, with a new Passiv Haus a more comfortable distance from the farmhouse, recently completed. Extensions and alterations to the Listed Building and a new 1km track to serve both buildings were completed 6 years ago.

A mix of traditional and modern methods and materials were specified to complete its restoration with fully insulated and breathable external walls and roof, and underfloor heating. The full extent of the remaining half-timbered frame has been exposed internally as it would have been, with the layout of all rooms at ground and first floor respecting the layout of the original four bay building.

Together with two modern extensions, this completes not only the remarkable rescue of a listed building but provides a family home with the modern comforts expected in the 21st century.