Long standing clients of Brackstones needed an additional room to replace a dilapidated conservatory. The logistics were extremely challenging as it had no effective access and was on top of a hill. We constructed retaining structure from sleepers and built a small galleried extension with A frame timbers.
The property underwent a very major transformation from a small two – bedroom gatehouse, to a very substantial country property.
The challenge here was to ensure that our work was in keeping with the existing, listed building and that all the materials used were natural and complementary to a listed building. The joinery was bespoke to match the existing profile.
We built a very large, wrap around extension very much in keeping with the existing dwelling. Picture 2 shows the craftsmanship and attention to detail, which is required when using natural materials to match into existing work.
This is a property with exceptional views right across to Chew Valley where the owners wanted to maximise the outlook.
This was an extremely complex project where we were working in partnership with local ground works specialist E.D. & W Bodmen.
The property is built on a steep slope so our brief was to build a new storey below the existing level of the house with an extension over to form a large new kitchen finished to an exceptionally high standard.
During the construction process, we were asked to add in an underground swimming pool – which meant we were excavating eighteen feet below the ground level of the existing house and had to carry out significant works to ensure the integrity of the existing building.
The pool was completed and we built on a porch and new chimney in Ashlar stone before rendering the whole building with a light wheat coloured render.
The completed project delivered a spectacular house within a stunning setting.
This was an exciting and challenging project where we constructed a wrap-around extension to a small small square farm worker's cottage - effectively quadrupling the size of the property.
We built extensions to three sides of the property and put a small porch on the front entrance using a brick which was almost identical to the existing construction enabling the new elements to blend sympathetically with the original cottage.
The project transformed the exterior and, at the same time, turned the house from a 3 bed to a 6 bed with shower rooms, study and a large kitchen.A further extension and a larger, more impressive, porch was constructed fairly recently and we have now won instructions to carry out further work on the property.
Building in the beautiful village of Lacock with its traditional architecture and particular conservation status meant that this job was to an extremely high specification with great attention to detail required in all respects.
We were awarded the contract to construct two very large, natural stone extensions as well as refurbish the adjacent bungalow. The walls were new Cotswold stone with natural Ashlar stone quoins while the tiles are, largely, high quality reconstructed stone.
This project entailed demolishing a poorly constructed extension with subsidence issues. We then laid substantial foundations and underpinned the main building before constructing a two-storey extension in cut, reclaimed; Bath stone to create a master bedroom with en-suite bathroom and a large study below.
As well as providing security for the existing building this scheme considerably enhanced what was previously a rather plain building.
Here we have constructed a single storey extension in Flemish blond brickwork in order to provide an exact match with the existing house, but using a contrasting brick for the headers. The roof was in lead with a octagonal prism style lantern rooflight while the doors are Jeldwen bi-fold in hardwood.
During the course of construction we uncovered a large opening into the kitchen which effectively doubled its size.
We were engaged by our first client to assist with a design and build extension which involved demolishing a small kitchen and then creating a large farmhouse kitchen with a master bedroom and en-suite above.
As part of our good practice, we held discussions with the neighbour about the potential impact the project might have on them. This prompted them to approach us with a proposal for them to have an identical job carried out concurrently – bringing with the benefits of economies of scale which we were happy to pass on. The projects went ahead and greatly enhanced the rear of both properties.
This was a fairly complex project where the first phase was to carefully stabilise the building with props before and removing the entire gable end of the property. We then constructed an extension to create a large farmhouse style kitchen with a utility room at ground floor, with a master bedroom and en-suite at first floor. We were then asked to adapt the project by extending to create a larger bedroom with en-suite and a Swiss style balcony enabling the owners to take greater advantage of the panoramic views.
This property is in Easterton, Wiltshire. The brief was to transform a fairly plain house into something a little more grand. We constructed the r/h extension and moved the doorway to a central location. An oak door and frame were used and a Bath Stone porch was constructed. To the rear we constructed a water garden and incorporated a conservatory and patio doors onto the extension offering easy access to the water feature and pond.
This was a property we had worked on previously where we carried out a substantial amount of rebuilding and extensions.
We were commissioned to create a new stone extension, in keeping with this listed building, to create a large farmhouse kitchen along with new patios and refurbishment works internally. The overall effect is absolutely in keeping and greatly enhances the appearance of the rear of this beautiful old building.
Brackstone builders have built an extension right across the rear of this property in Cotswold stone as part of a large, major refurbishment of this Listed property.
If you look at the project immediately to the left of this one you will be able to see where we have just extended the same property again, some 6 years later.
These clients employed our services to design and build a small living room extension on the rear of the property. The end result greatly enhanced the property and gave it a decent sized living room worthy of a property of this quality. The clients also decided that it would be sensible to remodel the rear areas, excavating into the bank and creating patios and a series of retaining walls and steps.
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