The remodelling and renovation of a listed farm house in Jersey. A new safer road access creates a whole new sequence of approach to the property, that takes advantage of the various building forms that have evolved over the generations. As one turns in a new timber clad structure and screen frame a public yard that is explicitly used for vehicles. The covered passage, a typical island farmstead feature, frames and draws you into the more private inner yard. An inlaid brick matt welcomes you and foregrounds a new front door, deeply set into the gable of a former grain store. This building sits naturally at the hinge point of the plan, and with its as found double height space, becomes the new entrance hall and ‘stair house’ consolidating the circulation into a single dynamic space from where you can reach the different wings of the house.
Externally a series of interventions and improvements to the building fabric help to tie the various aspects of the property together. A sequence of terraces and paths formed from cobbles reclaimed from the site and hand made brick, capture spaces in the sun, mark doorways and desire lines. A new render is used to finish former split block walls that are textured and coloured with local granite dust and new lead work resolves a number of junctions that were previous weak points. The new elements create opportunities for photo voltaic solar panels and air source heat pumps, that provide energy for and heat the property, to be carefully integrated into the setting.
Private House, Jersey