Froxfield Cottage

We were commissioned by clients to advise on a purchase of a period property – Grade 2* listed dating from the 14th century with later 16th and 17th additions. A glorious and fascinating property with cruck roof open formations retaining some of the original aisled hall. The main oak frame structure with such exposed large oak members is a joy to behold and in beautiful condition with only some small sympathetic repairs to the lower members.

The property had been cared for by the previous occupants over a long period, but now required new arrangements to suit the needs of a young family.

Following the purchase of the property, we implemented a previous permission to the rear of the property to provide a 2 story addition for a kitchen and family room with a new main bedroom above and en-suite.

Hitherto, the headroom was limited to the first floor and the corridors were ‘duck thru’ in places which compromised the accommodation.

A Green Oak Frame was commissioned for the construction of the new addition, designed to show on the exterior only. Working with Vincent Edberg Architects and the Conservation Department of the EHDC, it was decided to redesign the oak frame to show on the interior, with an additional frame to the exterior. In this way, insulation standards were in compliance with current regulations and the oak frame was visible from the interior and exterior.

Thank you to everyone for all they’ve done – we love it.– Client

Construction commenced for the footprint and the Green Oak Frame assembled and craned into position. During the construction of the new roof, it was evident that some of the main roof timbers had perished and required replacement and alternative support. Working again with the support of the Conservation Department we were able to find working solutions to suit the property and client requirements for greater headroom. Further planning permissions were sought during the build as further issues manifested and were resolved by careful consultation and introduction.

During the project term, the drainage system was replaced with a Klargester treatment plant, heating system updated with a condensing oil boiler with radiators and ufh to the ground floor, floor finishes replaced with limestone flagstone floor supplied by Artisans of Devizes, bespoke external joinery to suit the period of the property and spiral stairs to replace the earlier 70’s stairs in the main hall. Externally, the main chimney fabric had failed beneath a render coat and hence replaced with a new chimney built with salvaged Tudor bricks with new lead weatherings.

The property benefitted from new sanitaryware fitments and decorations throughout and retains a delightful balance between old and new – just another page in the life of the property. We were privileged to be appointed the main contractor and it was a great opportunity to work on such an interesting property.