Grade II Listed property, Suffolk

Extension and internal alterations to a Grade II Listed, timber framed house of 16th Century origin in Suffolk.

The works included a new kitchen extension, new ground to first floor stair, additional bathrooms and minor internal alterations to rationalise and improve the layout for the occupants and future proof the home as they move in to their later years. External changes such as replacement of French doors, windows and entrance porch all aim to maintain the building fabric and improve the aesthetic by removing previously existing unsympathetic modern features.

Also in the project works were second floor repairs carried out to rectify unsympathetic and insensitive alterations and additions carried out in and around the 1970’s. These works included the introduction of an opening formed at second floor by trimming two existing joists for a new timber stair, as well as an en-suite shower in the large room at second floor. Following the removal of a single rooflight, oak purlins and joists were repaired and reinstated that had been cut when the folly stair was formed.

For the early part of the 20th Century Old Hall was used as two semi-detached cottages and these were converted back to a single dwelling in 1967. More recent planning history had seen previous owners make relatively sympathetic amendments to suit their specific needs although some alterations would now not be considered acceptable for a Listed Building.

A new single storey extension has been formed to create an open plan kitchen. breakfast and sitting areas, with a new utility room leading directly off this space. The extension links to the existing outbuilding which is used as a guest bedroom and this outbuilding was upgraded and incorporated into the main house. A new staircase was inserted within the rear 19th Century addition to create a more practical access to first floor. The existing winding stair remains unaltered.

The front entrance porch on the East elevation, (circa 1973) was removed and replaced with a more traditionally detailed structure of appropriate quality and proportion. Minor internal alterations at ground floor level, in tandem with the new entrance porch, removed an existing WC and enclosing partitions. A replacement WC was created in the larder at the South end of the building which was added in 1973. A new partition was formed at first floor within the landing to the cross wing to create an entrance to a master bedroom suite.

The material palette of red brick, grey metal standing seam roof and grey aluminium powder coated slim profile windows are all intended to compliment, but distinguish itself from the existing house.

A collaborative project, working together with Rendall & Wright and Rose Builders.

External changes such as replacement of French doors, windows and entrance porch.

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