A once in a lifetime opportunity to design and build their ideal home has been realised by this Lancashire family, who chose a local builder to realise their dream.
Co-incidentally, their builder's great-grandfather built the original barn that was demolished to make way for the new house!
The new house incorporates re-claimed materials from the original building, particularly local stone and timber beams. Internally the style is a personal statement, for example a monk's gallery overlooking the lounge area is used as a 'mini gym', while arched stained glass windows built into an internal wall, produce a delightful effect. For a grand entrance, the hall and landing are built from solid oak, while the homely kitchen features a natural clay floor that has been waxed and polished.
Using reclaimed materials requires particular skill to ensure an excellent fit, which is clearly in evidence throughout this project.
What the customer said:
"The house of our dreams built to an exacting high standard."
What the Master Builder of the Year judges said:
"First class workmanship +ensures an excellent fit in all areas"
Description of work carried out:
A new home on the site of an old barn, built using reclaimed materials.
Mr D Rimmer, Southport, Merseyside
Master Builder of the Year 2000 Finalist
New Build over £100,000