House with an Orchard
A thoughtful renovation and extension to a Grade II Listed property in a conservation area.
Mostly built between 1800 – 1830, this Grade II Listed property sits alongside an established orchard. Currently, spaces within the house are generally single function and do not lend themselves to ideal layouts. Connectivity from the house to the gardens is otherwise poor, and the unique historic context of the yard is not celebrated.
TaylorHare’s proposals are grounded in a strong sense of place, with the orchard becoming the starting point for reinterpreting the existing Kentish vernacular architecture through ‘grafting’ in construction – in particular, how the splicing of timber can be manipulated form new structural elements and enhance existing spaces.
For example, the proposed open plan relationship between dining and cooking will improve the building’s capacity for family interaction and entertaining. Taking cues from the immediate and historic agricultural heritage of the site, visual and meaningful connectivity with food provenance is key to the extension’s relationship with the kitchen garden and orchard beyond.
Planning permission was achieved in July 2019 and work commenced on site at the end of last year, with practical completion culminating at the turn of this year.
Project Team: Tim Hare, Karl Bowers, Charlie Hope, Joe Manuel, Charlie Whittington