Farringford, constructed in 1895/96, is a remarkable house designed by renowned architects Barry Parker and Raymond Unwin, who were influential figures of the Arts and Crafts movement. Their notable work includes projects within Letchworth Garden City and Hampstead Garden Suburb. The property holds Grade II listed status, emphasising its architectural and historical significance.
The practice took on the task of developing a proposal to convert the house, which had previously functioned as a guest house, into a residential dwelling with additional accommodation for guests. The utmost care and consideration were given to ensure that the character and significance of the house were preserved throughout the conversion process, while also improving upon the existing arrangement.
The proposal aimed to maintain the integrity and unique features of the house, acknowledging its historical importance. This approach included sensitive interventions that enhanced the current layout and offered ancillary accommodation for guests, contributing to the property's functionality and practicality.
The planning and listed building consent for the project was granted, a subsequent update to the consent was made, demonstrating ongoing refinement following a change in ownership.
The conversion of Farringford embodies our practice's commitment to preserving and enhancing significant architectural heritage. By carefully navigating the balance between conservation and adaptation, we ensure that the house retains its character and significance while accommodating the needs of modern living.