Daniel Metcalfe
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Copyright Daniel Metcalfe 2013

Approval of listed building works at Hemyock

November 21, 2013

We have recently achieved consent for a complex and sensitive listed building project in Hemyock on the Somerset border. The planning consent has taken years of discussion but agreement has finally been reached and work is due to start in the new year. The scheme compromises the restoration and partial rebuilding of a 17th C. listed farmhouse and outbuildings. The form of the dwelling is interesting as it is evocative of the building type which emerged from ‘the great rebuilding’ and is two-storey in nature. Older farmsteads tended to be elongated, ad-hoc single storey buildings with animals and people under the same roof, and so this house represents a cultural change in living standards. The building had been vacant for many years and was in a state of total disrepair so we welcome the planning consent which now allows the full restoration of this important house. We have suggested repair techniques that will preserve the cob and stone walls, original thatched roof and huge stone chimney, whilst re-creating a useful family home within, and we look forward to the ongoing stages of this project.

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