GRADE II
COTSWOLDS HOUSE

Set in the Cotswolds near Lechlade, this grade II listed property had been ‘updated’ in the 1980’s and the new owners wanted to take many of these changes back to the original whilst at the same time modernising the house for today’s lifestyle.

The external fabric of this Cotswold stone house was given a gentle refurbishment and complete redecoration. The majority of the metal windows were replaced or refurbished and the slate roof was overhauled with the flat roof over the main entrance being completely replaced with lead.

The original orangery, made of cast iron and curved glass, underwent glazing repairs and redecoration, including refurbishment of the weighted sliding roof shutter.

Internally, there were significant alterations to the layout of the ground floor to form a large opening between the dining room and the kitchen. A new kitchen, utility area and secondary kitchen were installed along with a staff office.

The existing stone floors were refurbished, as were all the existing doors and skirting boards. The main staircase was refurbished and redecorated and repairs made to the wood panelling.

All the existing bathrooms were replaced with high quality sanitary ware, floor and wall tiling and electric under floor heating was installed. New mechanical and electrical, including AV, was installed throughout the house.

The basement was refurbished to create a temperature-controlled cheese cellar and a wine cellar that are separated from the tasting room by a double glazed metal screen and sliding door.  The cellar was constructed using reclaimed bricks with solid natural limestone shelves with zinc veneered sliding shelves for easy access to the wine cases.

A new plant room building was constructed to house a wood chip biomass boiler, which serves the heating for the main house as well as the swimming pool building and the staff cottage.

WG Carter also converted some outbuildings and stables into a pool house, outdoor kitchen and staff cottage. Click here for further details.

Preserving the original whilst modernising the house for today’s lifestyle

Mr T, Brill

As far as builders go WG Carter are among the very best.  Their quality of workmanship is outstanding and we have found them easy to work with, professional and reliable

Mr T, Brill

Neil Perry, Anderson Orr Architects

We have worked with WG Carter Ltd for many years because they consistently deliver exceptional standards of craftsmanship and outstanding project management. I would not hesitate to recommend them.

Neil Perry, Anderson Orr Architects

Mr F, Cotswolds

WG Carter is a client friendly builder who is cooperative, helpful and totally understands what is required to deliver beautiful renovations and new build projects for the discerning.

Mr F, Cotswolds

Raimundo Torres, Studio Indigo

WG Carter demonstrated a very good understanding of an historic building and coped well under pressure to accelerate and deliver a challenging build to a very high level of quality.

Raimundo Torres, Studio Indigo

Matthew Sanders, Michaelis Boyd Associates

We have worked with WG Carter on major renovation projects of several luxury houses. They have met our demand for high quality craftsmanship using their excellent experience in traditional and contemporary building techniques.

Matthew Sanders, Michaelis Boyd Associates

Cornelius Crunksen, Studio Indigo

WG Carter worked closely with us and the client to refurbish and extend a Grade II Listed family country home that exceeded both the clients’ expectations and ours.

Cornelius Crankson, Studio Indigo

David Streat FRICS, Building Surveyor

I have worked with WG Carter on a number of substantial projects over the last ten years, including the renovation of several Listed Buildings, and have been impressed by their attention to detail and the overall standard of finish. Their craftsmen and tradesmen are skilled, helpful and easy to work with. I have no hesitation in recommending WG Carter as builders.

David Streat FRICS, Building Surveyor