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This notable project consisted of converting two modest cottages, both in need of some attention, into a stunning single residential property for Raby Estates, in the grounds of Raby Castle.

Although the building was not listed, it had an Arts & Craft quality that demanded to be respected.  As such, the interventions to the exterior were quite low key; the existing front canopy was given a hipped peak to indicate the main reception door whereas the rear was more dramatically opened up by replacing the unused coal stores with a hardwood framed glazed screen which provide views to the private garden. This brought natural light into the centre of the house which is now an integral space for socialising.

The internal alterations posed some major structural challenges. The remodelling of the two cottages to one larger home required the removal of several of the stone walls and substandard floors, to allow spaces to flow better in line with modern family needs. The client was passionate about creating a perfect home and was heavily involved throughout especially in regards to the choice of finishes, fittings and colours.

The project was completed within budget and completed within nine months from inception to completion.

 

Location: Raby Castle Estate

Construction Value: £250K

Status : Completed 

Role: Architect

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The internal alterations posed some major structural challenges. The remodelling of the two cottages to one larger home required the removal of several of the stone walls and substandard floors, to allow spaces to flow better in line with modern family needs.

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Images of the original interior demonstrate the level of improvements required to bring the property to the standard required by the client.

 

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