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13th Jul 2016

Box Tree Farm Orangery; A Collaborative Approach


After 16 years of gently and sympathetically evolving this beautiful old farmhouse, its owners took the plunge to go ahead with the construction of their long awaited orangery. Jane, an interior designer by profession, had planned the structure and space years before it came to fruition.  As a result every detail is carefully thought out and perfect in every way.  The character of the new structure matches the front porch added years before, bringing a stylish cohesiveness from front to back. 

Working with the client from basic line drawings, the construction director Chris Noonan put together a schedule of works, timeframes, supplier listings and costings for the project.  Chris says “The main challenge was the scale of the planning required given that there was no third party build specification.   Effective communication between myself, site manager and client was the key to making this project work”.   At StuartBarrCDR we offer a 'Direct to Client' project managed service, which involves specifying and planning a build without third party (architect/ contracts administrator) input.  Where this service is contracted for larger jobs, meticulous planning is of the essence. 

The orangery was built from scratch by StuartBarrCDR: a brick structure with traditional specialist lead roofing, finished with detailed bespoke fascia boards and hand made decorative trellises.  Six sets of beautiful bespoke external French doors by BarrJoinery can be swung open to join the internal dining space with the stunning gardens beyond.  

Reclaimed French stable tiles flow seamlessly from the old farm kitchen and hallway into the orangery; as does the underfloor heating, to make a year round usable space.  Jane’s expertly designed lighting plan ensures that the beautiful bespoke cabinetry is highlighted and stunning shadows are thrown across the orangery ceiling.  Specially adapted pendant lanterns showcase the height of the space, whilst switches and sockets from Forbes & Lomax blend into the background.  Pots and plant stands from A Place in the Garden set off the array of carefully placed box and olive trees both inside and out. 

Two matching internal door-sets join the orangery to the old farmhouse hallway and to the original dining room - which has become a ‘staging area’ for diner parties and gatherings.  A beautiful space in itself, the StuartBarrCDR team stripped, cleaned and repointed the rear wall of the original dining room, to reveal a warm old red brick expanse.

The terrace outside was finished to match in with the original stone tiles. Box balls and lavender hedging against red brick give the visitor a feeling that they are closer to Provence than Berkshire.  The Orangery is a seamless addition to the house and looks as though it has always been there.

Jane smiles in saying “To be honest it is really hard to think of anything in the service or the build that could have been improved”.  We, at the Barr Group companies, are certainly very proud of the Box Tree Farm project and thrilled that clients with such meticulous standards were happy with our work and the end result.  

Build by StuartBarrCDR

Doors and Joinery by BarrJoinery

Dog room/ Utility by BarrKitchens

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