Project Dundas Farmhouse
Location Elmsted, Kent
Budget £750, 000
Client Private Client
Listed Status Grade II
Dundas Farmhouse is a 17th Century Grade II listed farmhouse, located in a rural setting within the village of Elmsted in Kent.
The project brief included the demolition of an existing modern extension and the construction of a new two storey extension, as well as the complete renovation and refurbishment of the house.
The extension to the ground floor was utilised as a new drawing room, while a spacious dining room and much needed cloakroom were added to the existing house. The kitchen was also relocated to its original position, to restore the house’s rich historic charm, as well as converting the adjacent cart shed to a new utility room with back door, for added practicality. The reorganisation of the first floor layout enabled the addition of a bathroom, and a secluded master bedroom suite with large dormer windows to provide views across the North Downs.
As well as the internal renovation, the wider setting of the property was also considered, with proposals for a detailed landscaping scheme including the construction of a swimming pool and outbuildings.
A heritage consultant was involved in initial stages of the project, conducting historical research of the property in order to advise on the areas of significance and identify which areas could accommodate sensitive change. The major work to the tiled roof meant a bat survey and mitigation works had to be carried out, resulting in an in-depth pre-planning application stage.
Once the client agreed the design, a detailing package was prepared and submitted to gain planning approval and listed building consent. Once approved, a design team consisting of structural engineer, quantity surveyor and M&E consultant were enlisted to develop comprehensive construction information. Following tender, the project was awarded to the successful Contractor and was then reviewed during the construction phase. Philip Baston of PBA was appointed as the architect for this project whilst employed at Purcell Ltd, providing him with invaluable experience of working on more challenging conservation projects.