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Appletree farmhouse has been Highly Commended at the Hertfordshire Building Futures Awards in the Retrofit for the Future category. The awards ceremony took place at Knebworth house on the evening of 4th October 2018.

Judge’s comments:

‘A masterclass in striking an appropriate balance between preserving the historic aspects of a building, whilst creating a modern and energy efficient home.’

The Client and Project Architec with the Highly Commended Retrofit for the Future Award

The Client and Project Architect with the Highly Commended Retrofit for the Future Award

This project comprised the sensitive and meticulous repair of a Grade II listed Chorleywood farmhouse on the edge of Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Works included careful repairs to roofs, brickwork and timber frames, and the successful use of hot-mixed lime mortar. Many mediaeval details were revealed during construction, such as a window with shutter grooves and diamond mullions, timber stop beads dating back to c1550, and most importantly, two painted mediaeval timber braces dating from c.1500 -1550.

You can view all the shortlisted entries in detail here.

You can view this project in detail on our website here.This project has already won the RICS East of England award for Building Conservation, as well as the Herts Building and Construction Awards for Refurbishment as well as Architect of the Year Categories.

Some key images are displayed below:

Painted brace in stairwell, before conservation

Painted brace in stairwell, before conservation

East side after

East side after

North side timber frame and roof during repairs

North side timber frame and roof during repairs

North side close up -before

North side close up -before

Ground floor front room - before

Ground floor front room – before

Ground floor front room - after

Ground floor front room – after