Historic Houses

A Selection of Projects


Many of our commissions are alterations to listed buildings or sensitive additions within historic environments or landscapes.  Others involve the conversion of redundant barns or industrial buildings into new houses.  All of the projects have a common approach to their design, reflecting a desire to achieve honesty in their composition and use of materials. The projects set out on these pages represent a cross section of the many historic houses undertaken by the practice.  They include:

-  Works to an important and ancient farmhouse, the sole survivor of a vanished hamlet west of Cambridge.

Originally built in the C15 by the founder of Corpus Christi College, the house has some fine original features, which were restored using traditional techniques. 

-  Restoration and modernisation of a late C18 house in Grantchester, restoring original connections, joinery and plasterwork, as well as threading pipework and cables invisibly through the fabric.

-  Conversion of an C18 barn, built from course pebble work, into a five bedroom house on the shores of the Norfolk coast.

-  Extension and restoration of a Georgian farmhouse and its outbuildings, including reinstatement of a fine original staircase in the centre of the building.

-  Restoration and conversion of a derelict range of outbuildings set behind an enclosing garden wall of a Georgian country residence.

Architect: Cowper Griffith