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Harris Green Barn – Listed Building

Residential Extension.

The client approached us with a difficult, half completed extension to a Grade II listed cottage in South Norfolk. They had previously achieved planning consent and building regulations but the extension was not built in line with the statutory approvals and was only half completed.

The original and a subsequent builder went bust and left the client unable to find anyone else willing to work on the project. The poor construction of the extension meant that there were also several structural issues.

We were appointed as architects and project managers and applied for an updated planning amendment to improve the original design. The proposed single storey Garden Room Extension was amended to reduce the impact of the scheme on the existing more traditional volumes by using frameless glass units separated from the minimal structural elements. This look helped the glass box sit comfortably with the house and surrounding landscape. The intention was to act as a contemporary addition rather than just extending or mimicking the historic parts of the building. We worked closely with the client and the listed building officer in this work.

It was decided that the extension had to be demolished and rebuilt and we were able to find a local builder who was to take on the challenges of this project.

‘Architecture through Construction – Construction through Architecture’