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Historic Home Harmonisation in Mickle Trafford

Tom and Catherine bought a historic family home in a stunning green belt location, with ambitions to renovate it and create their forever home for their family. The property had plenty of character, with low ceilings, large fireplaces, and beams dating back approximately 500 years. However, in recent years, the property had been used by two separate families, and the rear of the house had two kitchens, two staircases, and tortuous circulation. The more modern rear extensions were poorly designed and constructed, but their size meant that no further additions to the property were possible due to the Green Belt location. Tom and Catherine needed fewer rooms but more space.

Hunter Architects devised a strategy to retain the historic fabric of the building at the front of the property and to remove the poor-quality extensions at the rear. This would allow the construction of a light, bright, and spacious new kitchen and utility space, and a new double-height entrance to the property while retaining the low ceilings and cosy character of the historic property. On the first floor, the new central staircase links the existing bedroom accommodation to two new bedrooms, including a master bedroom suite with a balcony to take advantage of the fantastic rural views.

The area and volume of the proposals were carefully calculated to ensure that the proposals were not any larger than the existing building, or any taller than the existing ridge height. This meant that the proposals would not be considered a disproportionate addition to the property and would not cause harm to the green belt.

Planning permission was granted, and we look forward to seeing this historic family home being restored for future generations.

The Challenges of Renovating a Historic Home in a Green Belt Area

Renovating a historic home in a green belt area can be challenging, due to the restrictions on development in these areas. However, Hunter Architects have shown that it is possible to create a modern and family-friendly home while retaining the historic character of the property and respecting the green belt setting.

The key to success is to work closely with the local planning authority to ensure that the proposals are in line with their policies. It is also important to choose an architect who has experience in renovating historic homes in green belt areas.

The Benefits of Renovating a Historic Home in a Green Belt Area

There are many benefits to renovating a historic home in a green belt area. Historic homes often have unique character and charm, and they can be a great investment for the future. Green belt areas are also often very desirable places to live, due to their proximity to nature and their open spaces.

By renovating a historic home in a green belt area, Tom and Catherine have created a forever home for their family that is both stylish and functional. They have also retained the historic character of the property and helped to protect the green belt for future generations.


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Project Overview
Location: Mickle Trafford
Type: Remodelling & Extensions
Status: Planning Permission
Local Planning Authority: Cheshire West
Features: Non-designated heritage asset, Green Belt, Master Bedroom Suite, Family Room, Modernisation