whateley, frome

Contemporary extension to Grade II Listed Dwelling

Garden room and studio to Georgian property


Project Value:
Completed October 2019
Charles Holmes

Crown Yard

New Dwelling

New Dwelling, Keyford, Frome

THIS NEW DWELLING OCCUPIES A SMALL REDUNDANT BROWNFIELD SITE TUCKED BACK BEHIND KEYFORD ROAD IN FROME AND PERPENDICULAR TO THE MAIN ROAD. THE PUBLIC VIEW OF THE HOUSE IS OF A SMALL MEWS STYLE FRONTAGE. The main frontage of the house is revealed round the back, largely hidden behind the original boundary wall and within its own private courtyard. On public facades the architecture blends traditional local materials of rubble stone and recycled clay tiles, with just a hint of contemporary treatment in the lead framed windows. To the south, facing onto a private garden, stone walls give way to a playful cedar clad facade with large areas of glazing and lead clad contemporary dormer windows and balconies.

The property features high levels of insulation, mechanical ventilation and heat recovery and optimised orientation & areas of glazing for controlled thermal gain.

Project Value: £400,000
Date: Completed February 2018
Contractor: Bluefish Contractors Ltd


Garden Annex

Garden Studio in Westcombe

Designed as an extrusion of the existing stable outbuilding, the garden studio occupies the far corner of the property, and turns back toward the main house and the afternoon sun. Materials are simple and in keeping with the old stable and rural setting – galvanised metal roofing, untreated larch cladding, and slender scaffold poles supporting the canopy above. Accommodation includes double bedroom with ensuite, small kitchen and reception/garden room.

Project value: £135,000

Completed June 2019

Contractor: Bluefish Contractors Ltd



New music and art studio in grounds of grade II Listed Cottage

Clearly contemporary, the form and traditional materials used for the studio echo the roofline and construction of the cottage, creating a simple bright vaulted space within. Complete with kitchenette and shower room, the studio doubles up as an art studio, recital space and guest bedroom.

Project value: 
Approx £80,000

Date: 2017

Contractor: Jeremy Alderman

Orchard House

Contemporary extension to Grade II Listed Dwelling

Contemporary extension to grade II Listed dwelling on outskirts of Rode village.

Contemporary extension to a grade II Listed dwelling, which already had a large 2-storey rendered extension. Alterations included some reordering of spaces within the rendered extension – including a new first floor gable extension housing a new ensuite, together a with a large family kitchen and dining room extension. With clean horizontal lines the extension turns its back on the main road at the front of the house, and faces north out onto the extensive secluded gardens to the rear.

Project value: 

 Completed November 2017

Longcroft Building Services Ltd

The Old Parsonage

Contemporary extension to Grade II Listed Dwelling

Conversion of existing outbuilding connecting to a large listed Georgian house in Buckland Dinham, with the addition of a contemporary extension to provide a new dedicated study area

The lean-to outbuilding has been very simply converted, maintaining the original stone construction, materials and detailing to tie in with existing conversion work and previous conservatory extension. The result is a beautiful, light and spacious kitchen complete with impressive Spiral Cellar. The new extension replaces and echoes the size and form of an old Victorian greenhouse. It is a unique space within the house not just in its architecture but because it is the only room within the property with views out over both the formal front garden and drive and the north side gardens. The extension is clad completely in high quality cedar boarding.

Project value: 
not provided

 Completed September 2015

Paul Reynolds


House Extension

Extension to existing barn conversion

Cedar clad extension/extrusion to an existing linear form barn conversion.  The new extension echoes the profile of the existing barn, and opens the house out to the garden and stunning views beyond.

Project value: £110,000
Completed: June 2016

Stonecroft, Corsley​

First Floor extension to existing bungalow

First floor extension over existing bradstone modern bungalow

This was a challenging little project on a budget, and one that allowed the client to live in the house during the build! So while the clients were safely shut into the far end of the house, the old roof was taken off the main volume of the house and a new storey added – providing three new bedrooms, ensuite, dressing room and spacious bright landing and central circulation that brought old and new areas of the house together. At ground floor, the internal walls of the old bungalow bedrooms were removed to create a single large family kitchen, dining and living room opening out onto the rear garden.

Project value: £170,000

Date: Completed January 2019

Contractor: Greg Lewis Carpentry

Portland Road, Frome

House Extension

Large single storey extension, wrapping round the base of existing Victorian Frome town house

Contemporary black brick extension to an existing three-storey Frome town house; the extension wraps around the side of the rear façade of the house, providing new snug, shower room, utility room and family kitchen dining room. The façade and roof line fold around the house, aligning and adjusting to the house and the wedge shaped property boundaries.

Project value: £90,000

Date: Completed: July 2015

David Millard

Tinkers Cottage

Redevelopment of two cottages into a single dwelling

Redevelopment of two cottages into the single dwelling

Reordering and refurbishment of an existing property, that was previously two separate cottages. Central to the success of the proposal is a new entrance hall and Georgian style stair, uniting the two cottages and connecting the house from top to bottom. It is difficult to convey the success of the project in photographs, or the bravery of the client for embracing the internal design changes!

Date: Completed August 2016

Contractor: Andrew Doel

Orchard Street, Frome

House Extension to Grade II Listed Townhouse

Contemporary Kitchen Extension to a Grade II listed Georgian terraced town house in Frome

This zinc roofed kitchen extension is positioned at the back of a small walled yard to the rear of the house and accessed via a retained and refurbished Victorian single storey extension and new fully glazed link. The new kitchen fits within the existing stone boundary walls of the property and looks back towards the main house sitting room across a simply landscaped private courtyard. The brief included a commercial style kitchen which would accommodate the client’s reclaimed furniture and fittings.

Project value: £90,000

 Completed August 2014

Andrew Doel


Conversion of existing basement & outbuilding within Grade II Listed Cottage

Conversion of existing basement & outbuilding within Grade II Listed Cottage

Listed Building Consent was granted following detailed consultation with the Mendip Conservation office. The original basement – one of the oldest structures within the property - was carefully tanked and insulated, with original flagstones reinstated in their original positions; and the original well left exposed below a new glass and steel cover plate. A new contemporary oak and steel stair provides direct access from the existing kitchen which leads through the basement to the converted old wash house.

Project Value: 

Completed April 2014

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