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Lower Farm, Bury Green, Little Hadham, Ware, Hertfordshire


About the project

The project was completed as part of a planning condition to convert and extend the outbuildings to form a garage, electronically operated garages, open store, room, lockable yard rooms and a new driveway

The building recording found an interesting and relatively complex structure of three general phases forming the south-east side of a substantially historic farm complex set around a triangular farm yard. It consists of a narrow timber-framed range with a shallow pitched roof that in its original form accommodated a number of open-fronted bays, perhaps cart sheds and animal shelters. These were infilled for probable stable provision and retain interesting and important battened ventilation apertures along with horizontal boarding.

There is an intriguing discrepancy between the general construction on the north-east and south-east. The north-west side bears affinities with an 18th century date, while the southeast is consistent with an 18th century or early 19th century date, and it is possible that elements of an earlier building were incorporated into a new structure or that the change in form was a result of a change in design at the planning stage.

The roof of the structure was replaced in the earlier 20th century and the south-west end was rebuilt.

The project

The project included a complete strip down of all roof coverings, back to the bare bones of the structure, from this we could decide what could be salvaged, this project was undertaken under the guidance of national heritage, every part of this project has been sympathetically restored using as much material from the original project and then souring new alike materials, all footings, brickwork, roof works, new timers, driveway, electrical works were all undertaken and overseen by the on-site architect and heritage, the project total was 6 months and was completed on time and on budget giving the owners a brand new space that looks stunning.