Private Residence, Horsted Keynes

Private Residence, Horsted Keynes

Private residential


10 months

The Brief

  • Our task was to demolish a large shed in the client’s garden, and then to construct a new timber-framed annexe in its place.
  • The project also included associated hard landscaping works.
  • Hawes Construction Group were the main contractors for this project.

Our Solution

  • The biggest challenge with this project was that we could only access the site by crossing the client’s lawn, and there were concerns about causing any damage.
  • To combat this, we put down a temporary matting system to protect the lawn.
  • Heavy rain meant that there was still some damage, so at the end of the project we regraded and reseeded the lawn.
  • Part of the design included a stunning paved area around the annexe and patio, which incorporated large unique pieces of stone of varying sizes and shapes, like a jigsaw.
  • To accommodate this, we meticulously adjusted the base so that the top would be level. Thanks to the skill and expertise of our in-house groundworkers, the paving looked amazing.
  • There was a large existing external staircase that had started to deteriorate due to settlement over time. We excavated and reworked the base of the stairs, and installed new walls and paving.
  • The annexe was clad in untreated oak timber to provide a natural weathered look.
  • Internally, we installed underfloor heating as well as a shower, kitchenette, and toilet, to allow the annexe to be fully independent.
  • The roof was tiled using traditional materials and methods.
  • We brought in specialist subcontractors for the roof works, mechanical, electrical, and decorations.

The Result

  • The client and architect were both very pleased with the finished result, which met their high standards and exacting specifications.
  • Despite the impact of the weather, we did our utmost to limit damage to the lawn and keep the client’s garden intact.
  • We were able to produce a stunning result using unique materials to fulfil the client’s vision.

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