Master Builder company AJ Field Developments Ltd was appointed to transform a former Grade II listed schoolhouse in Staffordshire, built in 1862, into an open-plan family home.
“The uniqueness of this project is the successful marrying of listed features such as sandstone window and door surrounds, timbered vaulted ceilings and magnificent windows with ultra-modern, frameless glazed balustrades, polished concrete floors, open-plan living areas and a contemporary extension,” said Jim Hadfield, Managing Director of AJ Field Developments.
Great care was taken to ensure that work was carried out in a manner sympathetic to the original style. “It’s important with any old property, but listed especially, to keep in touch with the conservation officer and make sure the architect’s doing the same,” explained Jim, who has worked on dozens of listed buildings.
The downstairs interior was opened up, creating a modern kitchen and living space with underfloor heating, polished concrete floors and glazed galleried viewing areas above. The extension features a corner-less, folding door system, which opens up on to a new patio area with an overhanging roof.
To create the unique family home, Jim and his team worked closely with the architect, structural engineer and the client on the design development to ensure the renovation achieved the client’s vision.
As with all building projects, regular and open two-way communication is the key to success. “On a job like this… it is important to make sure that communication doesn’t break down between the architect and client,” said Jim. “It was nice to bring it all together and for the client to be happy at the end of it and we are very proud of it.”
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