This attractive Victorian stable and coach house building was robustly constructed in brickwork and stone with a plain clay tiled roof. It had remained largely unaltered since its use as a stable had ceased with stalls, loose box, a small tack room and coach house all relatively intact, and therefore it is a good example of this type of building. It sits immediately adjacent to a 17th Century Old Rectory, and is a Grade II* listed building.
The owners were seeking the insertion of a new timber first floor and staircase within the lofty coach house in order to provide a studio/workshop space. This required a new dormer in the north facing roof slope to provide daylight and which was supplemented by two conservation rooflights. A modern and inappropriate steel ‘garage’ door was removed from the coach house entrance and replaced with a pair of new framed, ledged, braced and boarded doors of a design which is in keeping with and sympathetic to the building.
Discussions with the Conservation Officer prior to making a listed building application led to a design which is sympathetic, and restores some of the elegance of this attractive listed building. The project has brought part of the building into good use by providing a striking and functional artist’s studio, and in so doing the client has helped to conserve the building in a manner which is sensitive to its origin and context.