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My Favourite Home by Managing Director, Henry Barney

We've built many homes across Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire over the years. Recently we asked each of the Directors to chose one home that stands out as being a particular favourite. Henry Barney, Managing Director, chose Welham Lodge, a property at Welham Bush Farm in Great Bowden where we converted a Grade II listed Farmhouse and outbuildings:

"The redevelopment of Welham Bush Farm was a fascinating project, being part new build and part conversion. The existing buildings were listed, and had themselves been redeveloped several times over the last 350 years. It was like peeling back an onion; as the layers of different ages showed themselves. Welham Lodge was the oldest part and was the original farmhouse on the site dating back to the 17th Century. It had been extended in Georgian times and then again for a German Count in the Victorian era."

As is often the case, the Welham Bush Farm site was not the easiest to develop, not least because the low underpass meant all deliveries had to be unloaded on the road:

"Welham Lodge itself had to be underpinned, and there were extensive stone repairs required to the window surrounds and parapet walls. The roof was re-covered in salvaged Welsh slate from other buildings on the site.  Internally, we had to deal with stepped floor levels and low ceilings, while still incorporating underfloor heating and other modern but suited improvements.

A single storey extension in reclaimed brick was added at the rear to create a garden room to the walled garden, and the development brought together some truly skilled tradespeople who all rose to the challenge. The transformation of Welham Lodge, visible from the road in Great Bowden, is very rewarding to see."

We've built many homes across Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire over the years. Recently we asked each of the Directors to chose one home that stands out as being a particular favourite. Henry Barney, Managing Director, chose Welham Lodge, a property at Welham Bush Farm in Great Bowden where we converted a Grade II listed Farmhouse and outbuildings:

"The redevelopment of Welham Bush Farm was a fascinating project, being part new build and part conversion. The existing buildings were listed, and had themselves been redeveloped several times over the last 350 years. It was like peeling back an onion; as the layers of different ages showed themselves. Welham Lodge was the oldest part and was the original farmhouse on the site dating back to the 17th Century. It had been extended in Georgian times and then again for a German Count in the Victorian era."

As is often the case, the Welham Bush Farm site was not the easiest to develop, not least because the low underpass meant all deliveries had to be unloaded on the road:

"Welham Lodge itself had to be underpinned, and there were extensive stone repairs required to the window surrounds and parapet walls. The roof was re-covered in salvaged Welsh slate from other buildings on the site.  Internally, we had to deal with stepped floor levels and low ceilings, while still incorporating underfloor heating and other modern but suited improvements.

A single storey extension in reclaimed brick was added at the rear to create a garden room to the walled garden, and the development brought together some truly skilled tradespeople who all rose to the challenge. The transformation of Welham Lodge, visible from the road in Great Bowden, is very rewarding to see."

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