Derwent Bank, Huttons Ambo
Refurbishment of Grade II listed building and extension
- Client: Private Client
Derwent Bank is a 19th Century Grade II listed detached house. Built from stone with a slate roof, it sits on a large plot with former stables to the rear. Woodhouse Barry were employed to build a bedroom and en-suite as a first floor extension over the existing single storey kitchen extension and also carry out a thorough modernisation of the house. In addition, the outbuildings were to be converted into a holiday cottage. The ground floor in the house was replaced with a new concrete slab and was insulated along with the external walls. Underfloor heating was installed, heated from a pair of air source heat pumps and all the existing sash windows were overhauled with draught seals incorporated. As the house sat within an embankment, the rear of the house was below ground level, therefore the gardens had to be landscaped in such a way as to give the house more prominence and presence, almost as though it had been elevated out of the ground. Six months later with the gardens planted it is hard to imagine that about 300 tonnes of earth were moved without any being taken off site, it seems as though it had always been like that.