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The Dower House

An existing 1920s brick built house on the outskirts of Farnham in Surrey was given a comprehensive overhaul.  The ground floor was cramped, and the scheme has created more flow in the relationship between rooms, and a stronger relationship between the house and beautiful gardens designed by Andy Sturgeon.

A greater senseof connection was also created between the ground and first floors by the creation of a sweeping helical staircase in oak and walnut.  Throughout the house has been adorned with precise woodwork in both built-in joinery and loose furniture designed specifically for the project.  The overall feel is one of warmth and an understated luxury.

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Every internal surface of the exiting house was renewed, new windows inserted, and a new roof covering installed, together with some simplification of the roof layout.  The process was a painstaking one, with close collaboration from an excellent contractor and a host of skilled sub-contractors.

In addition to refurbishment of the house, a new garage with separate studio/flat over was constructed in a modern but sympathetic idiom.  Linking these two elements of the house is a single-storey orangery in dry-jointed Horsham stone, oak weatherboard and full-height glazing to the garden side.  All new work is roofed in standing-seam copper, completing the rich but natural palette of materials.

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