Conversion of a disused church into a four-bedroom house

Haysom Ward Miller Architects, Swaffham Bulbeck, 2014

 

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Conversion of a disused church into a four-bedroom house, with new first floor and extension at the rear.

Originally built in 1925 as an Evangelical Free Church, its last service was held on Christmas Day 2012 following low attendance.

The brief was to convert the old church into a spacious, four-bedroom house with an open plan living space. It was important that, whilst keeping the original features of the church, the house was practical to live in and took advantage of views over the adjacent field.

An additional second floor was sensitively inserted along the length of the church leaving a gap between the floor and the sidewalls, which allowed the church windows to provide more light to the ground floor. This up-stand behind the windows additionally created seating and shelving at the first floor level. The new extension at the rear provided a contemporary addition to counterbalance the historical context.

Data

  • Begun: Nov 2013
  • Completed: Jun 2014
  • Floor area: 190m2
  • Sector: House
  • Total cost: £235,000
  • Tender date: Sep 2013
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • CO2 Emissions: 90kg/m2/year
  • Address: The Old Church, 20 Commercial End, Swaffham Bulbeck, CB25 0NE, United Kingdom

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