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KODA architects are excited that construction has started in Worcestershire after detailed design
Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent was obtaining last year for the renovation of this fine 16th Century timber framed cottage in Worcestershire. The grade II listed cottage occupies a prominent location in a village near Pershore and once housed staff who assisted with running the nearby country estate. The cottage is one of the original buildings in the village, only outdated by the neighbouring church.
Following a building regulations and detailed design stage by KODA architects, the main contractor took possession of the site in late November last year. The work is proceeding well onsite with a new Party Wall being constructed, replacing a substandard separation and the wider cottage renovations are well under way. KODA architects are working closely with the main contractor and wider design team to deliver the high quality renovation and extension on the edge of the Cotswolds.
Repairs to the 16th Century timber frame cottage are a significant part of the project as well as upgrading the terms, efficiency and services within the building. A large, open plan extension to the rear will house a new open plan kitchen and living area with large bi-folding doors overlooking the south facing garden. KODA architects are appointed to oversee the construction works together with the project manager and will be regularly visiting site over the course of 2021. We regularly update our social media feeds, so stay tuned for progress onsite and the big unveiling of the extension. We will be regularly keeping you up to date with this project through out Extension in Worcestershire portfolio page.
Its is always lovely to make the final inspections in completed projects particularly this Barn Conversion in Herefordshire. When a project is completed, its both a joyous occasion but a sad one also. At KODA we like to work closely with out clients and as a result, we build great relationships with people and the end of the project brings this to a close. But its not all doom and gloom, the client is left with a building or and extension which they have been heavily involved with throughout each stage and we as Architects, get to see the satisfaction of our clients.
This Barn Conversion in Herefordshire adds to KODA architects portfolio of barn conversions in the region. Working in a such a rural community as Herefordshire, Shropshire, Worcester and Gloucestershire, barns are numerous and are regularly seen on a journey through the countryside. But many of them are uses for what they were first intended – as barns.
Adapting these building can be a challenge, as they were never intended to be a home. In their adaption and conversion we are challenged to retain the essence of a barn which usually but not always a open and lofty space for the storage of large equipment or food. This becomes at odds when forming small, domestic scale rooms such as bathrooms, bedrooms and cupboards.
Working with the existing and maximising all then opportunities the site and building can offer, KODA architects work closely with clients and other professionals to achieve a successful outcome.
The Barn Conversion in Herefordshire we recently visited as suffering from some structural collapse and movement. This prompted and justified the removal of a large section of the gable wall and a new contemporary oak framed extension. The extension, whilst rare in barn conversions, not just in Hereford, provides a contrasting space between the old, thick walled stone barn to the light and open extension.
As we make our regular inspections of our projects and love to keep our clients updated with our progress. As a result, we keep our Instagram page updated regularly: https://www.instagram.com/kodaarchitects/
Planning permission granted in Worcestershire, KODA architects are proud to report. The worked include extensive repair of a 16th Century timber framed cottage as well as a significant open plan extension to the rear of the property.
The property was built in the 16th Century, around the time of the Tudors. At this time, most of the properties in the country were formed of timber framed houses, often with a number of families living together. The small two and two down property has undergone some significant alterations in its life with much of the roof being replaced. However, with the original carpenters still evident on the frame, the building has an excellent storey to tell. Being grade II listed, the building has been at the forefront of village life since being built. The site occupies a key location within the village and conservation area.
Over the period of 400 years, the original timber frame has been altered and following an inspection by conservation architect, Fred Hamer, it was found that the sole plate to the timber frame had been cut in a number of places to allow for new door ways or just where it has rotted away. As a result, the timber frame was displaying signed of movement and KODA architects repairs include reinstatement of the missing frame and new works to prevent this structural monvement progressing.
The works are currently progressing through the technical drawing stages where the final elements are being detailed. KODA architects are working closely with other consultants such as structural engineers and contractors to help realise the clients brief.
Having listed building consent and planning permission granted in Worcestershire is excellent and KODA architects have worked very closely with our client. The next step is to discharge any planning conditions and progress through tendering and onto onsite works.