Fit for the 21st century

JCA Team:

Peter Cave, Michael Clark

Project Design Team:

Johnston Cave Associates (Architects)

Vincent & Rymill (Structural Engineers)

Yves Allier MEA (Quantity Surveyor)

Ian Fraser, Ian Fraser Partnership (Mechanical Engineers)

Albert Morello, David Osborne Associates (Structural Engineers)

Tino Zervudachi, Jason Roberts & Chris Miners

Mlinaric Henry & Zervudachi (Interior designers)

Boshers (Principle contractor)

Project type:

Reordering and refurbishing

Project year: 2009

Our clients’ house is a classic Grade II listed grand Georgian country house set over three floors, plus attic and standing in extensive grounds in rural Surrey. It also had the usual facilities such as swimming pool, tennis court, garaging and a freestanding cottage.

Although wonderful, the house had not moved with the times; it was draughty, they struggled to keep warm and in general, it was lacking in modern comforts.

They weren't looking for a redesign, but for the careful integration of the 21st century into their 18th century home.

That’s an area where Johnston Cave Associates have a particular expertise - built up over 30 years and with a combined architectural experience of 250 years.

We have a vast experience in working with old or listed buildings - restoring them to their former glory - but also taking advantage of the latest technology and techniques. When it comes to old buildings, we know what works, what to watch out for and what to aim for - from design to planning, specifying to detailing, contractor supervision to finished building.

It this case, it required the careful ripping out of meandering pipework, suspicious electrical wiring and lifting of floors. Rooms were logically rearranged, bathrooms were added, modern plumbing and underfloor heating was installed and floors restored and relaid.

Any missing features such as old floor tiles and architectural joinery were reinstated. A new kitchen was fitted and much in-keeping bespoke joinery was created.

It was the little things such as making doors open the right way, allowing heating to be controlled on a room-by-room basis and sensible lighting and controls that made the world of difference. It didn’t look like a massive change, but as our happy client said, certainly felt like it.

A case of (seemingly) less, being more.