carriage house

Originally the stables and carriage house of a country house estate near Taunton, this Grade II listed building was converted in the 1980’s, retaining much of the 19th century character of the original buildings. Our client, having already refurbished one wing of the house, appointed us to consider the layout of the spaces in the rest of the house so as to provide better proportioned rooms and to improve circulation around the home.

The design was developed to preserve and enhance the traditional and historic features of the building, retaining as much of the historic fabric of the building as possible, including careful removal and replacement of the original stable paneling in the kitchen.

By removing and relocating the existing staircase the ground floor was opened up to form a spacious living area where the historic features of the building could be better enjoyed and more natural light could spread through the building. Elsewhere removal of some 20th century partitions and ceilings allowed better use of the space offering charming views of the historic roof trusses in the master bedroom. Heating and lighting installations were also updated, to bring the overall services and aesthetic qualities of the home up to the expectations of modern living within a historic context.