The Beeches, Elsham

Extension and Alteration Works to a Private Dwelling carried out in 2008/9 and 2012/13. The works carried out in 2013, the barn conversion and reconstruction, were awarded 'Highly Commended' in the Best Domestic Category at the 2014 LABC South Yorkshire and Humberside Building Excellence Awards.

Project: Extensions and Alterations - The Beeches, Elsham

Site Manager: Steve Lyon

Completion: March 2013

In 2012/2013 we carried out extension works to the Beeches, a private house at Elsham. The works were originally a barn conversion to form an extension to the existing property, but in the finish we found ourselves rebuilding much of the barn.

Our involvement with this property dates back to 2008 when we were employed by C.R. Parrotts to carry out the first extension to the property. The works at that time comprised of a single storey extension to the rear of the property to provide a large utility room and another large reception room off, to be known as ‘the retreat.’ At the same time, a two-storey extension to the side of the property was built to provide a garden room and bedroom above and then parts of the rest of the house remodelled, to seamlessly accept these new additions to the old house. It had been envisaged that the adjacent attached barn would be renovated at the same time, to provide an annex to the main home, but in the event the existing barn was found to be beyond economic repair and that part of the project was shelved at that time.

Fast-forward to summer 2012 and T.G. Sowerby Developments Limited were approached by C.R. Parrott Consultants again and asked if they would like to tender for taking down the old barn and rebuilding it in accordance with a new set of plans and particulars they had recently received approval for.
A successful Tender was submitted, a pre-start meeting held and the works got underway.
The old barn was demolished and a new two-storey barn, comprising of a games room on the ground floor and a bedroom and en-suite on the first floor was built.

The new building was constructed out of exactly the same reclaimed bricks as we had used 4 years before and finished with clay pantiles on feature hand-made oak roof trusses, again as we had done 4 years before.

Bespoke timber windows, bi-folding doors, an oak spiral stair and an oak bar were built into this new games room. The bar itself was finished with a granite worktop and extensive use was made of natural slate as a finish, both to the games room floor inside and the paving and patio areas outside. As much natural light as possible was let into the new barn and an underfloor heating system built in as the works proceeded.

For added privacy, the existing boundary walls around the property were all taken down and rebuilt to 1.8m high in matching reclaimed bricks. A former external storage area was completely transformed into a courtyard arrangement, accessed through one of the sets of bi-folding doors leading out of the new games room.

Finally, an area outside the new barn and the garden room built 4 years before was finished with a Yorkstone patio and the part of the garden disturbed by the works was re-turfed.

This seemed a fitting end to an extension project that had begun 5 years before. The team worked very well together and it was a pleasure to work for our client here.

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