A Georgian Farmhouse
A gentrified farmhouse in a picturesque setting
This traditional farmhouse is situated on a semi-rural lane in the Conservation area of Vernham Dean. Once occupied only by agricultural workers cottages and farm buildings, the picturesque and leafy lane has grown increasing prosperous. Over their long history, the old cottages have been upgraded and extended; agricultural outbuildings have been converted, and, in recent years, several new houses have been built.
We designed this farmhouse to reflect local vernacular character, and in particular, the picturesque ad-hoc growth of the surrounding buildings. Based upon the concept of a ‘gentrified farmhouse’, the building was carefully detailed to be suggestive of a cluster of separate structures: the building steps down in mass, emphasising a hierarchy in the approach and allowing the house to appear as though it has evolved over time.
At the centre of this arrangement is a simple double-fronted brick-built house reminiscent of an Early Georgian farmhouse. A rendered wing, articulated in a later Regency style, breaks the formal axial symmetry of the central house. This ‘extension’, along with the timber-framed single-storey garages, adds the character, variety and texture so often missing from modern traditional homes.