External and Internal alterations and refurbishment
of A Northamptonshire Manor House.
During 2001 Paul Bancroft Architects were approached
by a the purchasers of an Historic Grade 2 star
Country Manor House dating from the 12th Century
to advise on the potential of transforming it
into a family home for the 21st Century.
Extensive external repairs & conservation were
carried out whilst Planning Approval & listed
Building Consent were sought. The external fabric
has been retained essentially in original form,
with the internal plan optimised to suit a single
family occupation. Our proposals tackled the shortfall
in the provision of family living spaces especially
at ground floor level in the form of informal
living areas. The opening up of the ground floor
kitchen area provides informal family living areas
with a southerly aspect over the garden and river.
At first floor level provision of a principal
bedroom suite and further ensuite facilities upgraded
the accommodation to a standard commensurate with
the requirements of modern single family occupation
in a dwelling of this scale.
The core historic areas of the building remained
untouched other than integrating a new electrical
and heating installation and the removal of unfortunate
19th & 20th Century `improvements'.