Building MyShowhome brick by brick

Home Farm May 2016

We’ve sat on the sofa and watched Grand Designs, but now we’re living in our own episode of‘Building the Dream’.  Hold onto your hard hats as we work through our plans to renovate Home Farm and welcome to our blog to share the thrills and spills and hopefully not trips and slips, as we make our plans a reality.

We moved into our 250 year old farmhouse in May 2016 and since then we’ve been developing plans to enable us to create the space and place that will be our forever home.

Our goal is to create the perfect space for our family which respects the character of the property, is sympathetic to its environment and to our neighbours.  The house was clad in blue brick in the 1970s and it’s important to us to restore the building back to its original red brick, as well as reaping the obvious benefits that 21st century technology brings to improve energy efficiency, security and home automation.

We started developing our plans with an architect even before we had purchased the house and naïvely we had hoped plans could be developed, passed and put into action before the ink was dry on the mortgage deeds.  However, budget considerations, finding the right building team and amends to the designs meant that progress to make our dream a reality was slower than we had hoped.  A week before Christmas, Santa, better known as Neil and Mark from S&G Construction delivered us an early present – several tonnes of hardcore and a team to clear the site prior to the start of work in January 2017.

Build progress March 2017

Now our plans on paper are becoming reality, brick by brick, starting with Phase 1 – the building of the Annex. This new part of the building will be attached to the main house and will feature a double garage and a self contained guest apartment.  Once complete we’ll begin Phase 2 – living in the new apartment space while we renovate and remodel the rest of the house which will include reconfiguring the layout, adding an orangery, new kitchen, new central heating system.


Standing in an acre of land there is potential to further extend the house, as well as exploring options for utilising the cellar.  Right now though, budget considerations mean that Phase 3 (remodelling the attic floor), Phase 4 (swimming pool extension) and Phase 5 (garden and landscaping) seems a pretty long way off.  But this is our forever home so whilst we hope the project will be finished before we need to install Stannah stairlifts, we’re committed to turning our dreams into reality, one brick at a time.

Thanks for joining us on our journey – we welcome your comments, interest, ideas (and any manual labour!).  We’ll posting on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube channels so you can see the action as it happens.  Any actual trips and slips though will be posted to You’ve Been Framed…£250 can buy a lot of bricks – and we’re going to need a few of those!

Rachel & Danny

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