De Matos Ryan has renovated and extended Home Farm, a Grade II listed country house estate in Gloucestershire, bringing it up to date for 21st century living. The farmhouse, dating from the 16th century has suffered considerable neglect over many years and required a complete refurbishment.
Remodeling the original eight-gabled main house and two outbuildings, De Matos Ryan has also added a contemporary glass pavilion; this link building consolidates the estate, whilst housing a new open-plan kitchen. The internal restructuring has allowed for an additional bedroom and bathroom in the new loft space. The low-level garden pavilion, features a glazed link to a converted open barn shelter and a hidden ‘underground’ link to the main house. A former open barn was converted to provide an ancillary guest bedroom suite facing a landscaped garden. A further stone structure was extended to provide an upper-level home-office space and a lower-level concealed garage with a planted roof.
The refurbishment included restoration of the original internal exposed stonework and timber framed lath and plaster walls and ceilings and extensive repairs to the original lime mortar repointing. All modern windows were replaced with windows that match the original traditional leaded lights. New modern staircases, bathrooms, doors and joinery were treated as distinct ‘furniture’ like elements and linings inserted into the original spaces. Throughout, natural local materials of the highest quality were chosen to match the existing setting; the chosen natural limestone and oak will weather and age to integrate in amongst the adjacent structures.