To transform an existing farm outbuilding into a guest annexe, build a new sun patio to the front of the property and re-build a large outside area to be a ‘usable’ family space, integrated in a harmonious way to the surrounding grounds and taking utmost care that the cobbled surface, currently in situ, was not damaged in anyway.
The client would not be in the country during the project timeline, so careful communication channels had to be maintained to ensure that all parties were in agreement with works in progress.
Preparatory drawings were produced and the appropriate planning applications submitted, taking into account the requirements of the farm outbuilding conversion into a self-contained living accommodation, which involved significant ground works for the utilities, connecting from the main house, and one knotty problem in the fact that the existing roof trusses were not strong enough to hold the new roof.
Problem solving and innovation is a key part of the MMA delivery and a viable solution was devised that met with all planning and client criteria.
This relatively ‘simple’ project clearly showcases the levels of expertise and knowledge within the team to problem solve, rise to any unforeseen challenge and produce a finished product that shows no signs of the extensive changes needed to maintain the historic qualities of the building, whilst fulfilling the client’s brief with regard to vision, timeline and budget.
A project we all loved for many reasons – and not always to do with the fantastic work! The location is so glorious that when the patio was all re-laid we realised what a sun trap it was – had to keep an eye on the crew as didn’t want any sun burnt workers on site…
But seriously my key moment was the amount of time it took to make sure that the finish on the outside wall of the barn refurbishment matched the existing curved stone finish. Took some graft but I challenge anyone to spot the difference.
Mike is the business – extremely can-do, nothing is ever a problem
MMA Mike Martin Associates
Higher Close, South Pool