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Change of use and alterations from an unauthorised Guest House to a family residence with annex and home working space. – Rainham


To renovate and repair this Georgian Building, installing a kitchen family bathroom, two en-suites and creating an annex and home working space within the Victorian Stable Block.  The project is in a flood plain which required negotiation with the River Authority and Planning Authority and the refurbishment although being carried out with a sensitive approach and using like for like materials, required a strategic approach which was formally accepted by the Authorities.  The Guest house did not have a kitchen or a functioning family bathroom which required great care to install the modern interventions without detracting from the Historic Fabric.  The stable block has been returned to the original external appearance and the internal layout has restored the areas original constructed as stables, cart shed, tack room and so on.  These areas now form the annex.  This is an ongoing project but it is a successful and exciting example of how Listed Buildings can be renovated to create a family home of quality and afford comfortable living.

Conservation Area

The property is at the centre of a conservation area however most of the renovation work was internal and had little impact. Some exceptions were the remodelling of the ironwork to the frontage both to protect the property but also to ensure the existing railings could be complemented with the addition of gates. The new ironwork was bespoke and made by a local blacksmith to our design. The canopy and all the fenestration including the dormers were refurbished and repaired using like for like materials and carefully designed structural solutions particularly to the canopy. The façade is on a road frontage and the building was the focal point of the village, it has now been restored to its former glory and provenance.

Listed Building

Where features remained they were retained and clever design allowed the modern facilities to be introduced; the rear hanging bay was completely refurbished using the original materials where possible and only using modern intervention where it was structurally necessary.  The timber cladding was removed, panelling replaced it using lime render and finished with lime wash.  The ensuites were constructed as self-standing units forming panelled bed heads with lit ceilings.  Materials were carefully sourced and examples would be the fire backs and ironwork which was then set in panelling and fire surround copied from photographs of the original pieces.  The panelling was constructed by an artisan and the finishes chosen to reflect Georgian colours.  Lime plaster was used for repair and clay paint finish allowed the structure to breathe again.  All fenestration has been overhauled and repaired, and upgraded following Historic England’s advice.    The cart shed has been re-roofed, removing unsuitable tiles and replacing with slates, two new TRADA trusses have been installed to allow the stables to be opened up into their original space and the modern interventions of partitions were removed.  The cart shed doors have been installed with recessed anodised aluminium doors and new ledged and braced doors placed on the outside, the design follows pictures of the original.  The annex forms a light, stunning space showcasing the original historic fabric but incorporating modern elements.


This project relied on clever design and careful detailing and choice of materials to form a stunning family home.  It has been possible to install a sprinkler system into the kitchen, smoke detectors throughout, multi ventilation solutions and heating and hot water controls, zoned by floor to control the cast iron radiators.  The modern kitchen, bathrooms and en-suites are detailed to reflect the history of the building and its fabric whilst providing that bit of luxury and 21st century living. The description covers examples only but provides a glimpse into our design, thought processes and expertise in delivering both concept and finished solution.