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Things are currently progressing nicely with the restoration of the cottages at Broad Lane Farm as we see the walls coming out of the ground and the homes taking shape. The next few months promise to be exciting ones as we see these well-known Grade II listed structures being brought back to life in the shape of three beautiful homes.

When we say this is a unique development, we really do mean it; and every last attention to detail has been painstakingly considered.

Exterior restoration

When the derelict buildings were demolished (images of this can be seen below) they were dismantled carefully ensuring as much original stonework as possible could be reused for the build. However, a lot of the original stonework was too badly damaged and weathered to be salvaged.

The earliest structures, The Farmhouse and The Barn, dated back to the 18th century and featured gritstone quoins and wonderfully ornate gritstone window surrounds to the front of The Farmhouse. Given the original ones were beyond repair, we’ve painstakingly sourced some exact replacements from a local gritstone quarry. These are now starting to go back in to the rebuild and are looking fantastic! It’s been great working with local craftsmen on such bespoke items, bringing history back to life and helping to support an artisan craft.

All the other replacement feature stonework has been sourced from another local supplier using Johnsons Wellfield sandstone, ensuring a close match to the badly weathered original stone.

The stonework for the cottages is looking fantastic so far

Once the stonework is completed early next year, the cottages are to be pointed in natural lime mortar by our skilled team to give that authentic look they deserve.

The roofs are then to be covered in aged natural stone slates with cast iron guttering and downpipes throughout. Furthermore, to replicate the original style, hardwood timber windows and doors are to be installed, all finished in a wonderful off white.

Dry stone walls will be constructed to all boundaries and garden walls using the original stone salvaged from the site. This Yorkshire tradition will be undertaken by skilled local craftsmen and will finish off the development nicely.

The Farmhouse and The Barn are starting to take shape
View looking up at all three cottages

 

Interior restoration

All three cottages promise to be stunning on the inside as well as out, with all the properties including traditionally constructed floors with exposed timber beams, giving a nod to the original age of the building and allowing our skilled carpenters the opportunity to show off their skills to create a real ‘wow’ factor!

All three living rooms are also to include hand-carved gritstone inglenook fireplaces and hearths with feature stoves, somewhere to cosy up to after a long winter walk in the beautiful surrounding countryside.

Contemporary elements such as stunning Siematic kitchens, ash and glass balustrades and striking bathrooms will compliment the traditional elements, creating a truly unique feel for a new build property!

We’re delighted with how the buildings are coming together and can’t wait to see how they turn out. It’s been a wonderful opportunity for our team to utilise their skills on something a little different and hopefully their pride and passion will be evident for all to see for many decades to come!

The cottages pre-development
The cottages were carefully dismantled so that original stone could be reused for the build
The derelict buildings were well-known in Upperthong and will be brought back to their former glory!
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