Sitting on 5 acres of beautifully maintained land, Lower Farm is a stunning, Grade II listed building in Surrey. The main house, cottage and pool house cover 5700 square feet. The grounds, redolent of a quintessential English country garden, comprise wide stretches of lawn dotted with mature trees, manicured hedges, a kitchen garden, pond, field and children’s play area. There is also a tennis court, swimming pool and sauna.
With a 17th century core and an 18th century front elevation, which was restored in 1907, the house had undergone various extensions over the last 75 years. Our client bought the property from a family who had lived there for 20 years and, while they were generally happy with the layout, as new owners they wanted to adapt certain aspects to their style of living. So, in addition to some structural changes, and creating a fresh, perfectly imperfect interior design incorporating the client’s existing furniture and artwork, the house needed a complete mechanical and electrical upgrade. In short, an extensive renovation!
For a project of such scale, to plan and execute the interior design and refurbishment, we worked with a unique and diverse team of suppliers, led by Joint Interiors Ltd, as well as a brilliant project manager. This was a house that had been renovated many times with little regard to building quality, so the team had to be flexible, adapting the plans as needed when issues were discovered or, equally, when interesting nooks were uncovered.
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The ground floor had many original fireplaces that had been modernised to hold log burning stoves. We managed to return them to their original state with Billing Chimneys, who worked with Formost Fabrications to make bespoke hoods so that we could have open, wood burning fireplaces in accordance with fire and building regulations.
In the dining room, particularly, with its impressive 17th century Inglenook fireplace, we wanted to create a traditional look while not being too overbearing! The beautiful oak dining table, 1.5m wide and 3.2m in length, was made by Alexander & Ellis. The striking red, bespoke wall colour – which we commissioned in tribute to our client’s passion for sports cars – was made from a Porsche body paint and complements the table’s deep wooden features beautifully!
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