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The Spinneys, Woodhouse Eaves


Project Details

£0.5m to £0.99M

Alteration to existing property, Listed Building - Grade II, Within a Conservation Area


Swain Architecture

Allen Suite, Mohan Business Centre , Tamworth Road , Long Eaton , NOTTINGHAM , NG10 1BE

The Brief Our client had experienced challenges in transforming this (newly listed) Grade II Listed detached home near the National Forest in Leicestershire into their dream home. This rare example of Arts & Crafts Architecture in the rural English Midlands is well loved by local residents. Our Solutions As experts in working with heritage buildings we worked closely with a heritage specialist and Charnwood District Council Planning Department to design an exceptional piece of architecture worthy of sitting beside this existing building. When working with old buildings we often believe in complementing the original design rather than running the risk of creating a pastiche. Our solution was a contemporary crafted piece of architecture that satisfies the owners contemporary taste and celebrates the listed building. Arts & Crafts Principles The Arts & Crafts movement is known for quality materials and craftsmanship. Our design features some modern-day craftsmanship in respect to the exiting building. White handmade bricks add to the textural quality of the extension by introducing a contrast to the glazing, and a large bronze frame adds a warm depth to the existing house. Our design celebrates the uninterrupted lightweight, effortless glazing, draping internal spaces with picture-perfect views, framing the homes large, wooded garden. Working Within a Conservation Area Our design returns the existing building to its original design and proportions. The extension is then visually separated from the existing building making it subservient and sensitive. This project presented significant challenges to achieving planning consent and our approach of working with the planning authority and within heritage best practices resulted in planning approval being granted.