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.
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.