REFURBISHMENT
AND EXTENSION
OF FORMER
COTSWOLD RECTORY

This former rectory near Kirtlington was extensively refurbished and extended to provide a stunning large family home. The original 6 bedroomed farmhouse with an attached coach house building are made of natural Cotswold stone. The accommodation comprises 3 reception rooms, 2 studies and an entrance hall, kitchen and utility/laundry room.

A total refurbishment of the external fabric was undertaken which included the construction of a new entrance porch in Ashlar stone. New traditional sash windows replaced the more modern windows that had been installed during a former refurbishment and the existing original windows were carefully refurbished.

The slate roof was repaired using slate tiles salvaged from other parts of the estate and the chimneys were rebuilt in Ashlar to match the rest of the house.

Structural alterations in the original house included the formation of new door openings and altering existing openings to match the new design. New mechanical and electrical services were installed throughout, with a dedicated plant room constructed it the basement for the boilers and hot/cold water storage. The electrics were all replaced and AV equipment installed including a whole house sound system.

The fit out included the installation of high quality doors, architraves and ironmongery all in an appropriate style to the house. A large proportion of the external facing walls were insulated with plasterboard for heat retention in the winter.

During the works on the original house, the main staircase was heavily protected and carefully looked after, after which it was skilfully refurbished and altered slightly with joinery to match the existing.

A new 2-storey extension was constructed that completed the coach house wing and joined the buildings together and melded them into one. Underfloor heating was installed throughout under the stone floors and new skirtings and architraves were created to match the heritage of the property. 

Outside the project included the constructions of a suite of buildings that house a swimming pool and gym. The buildings were designed with a traditional Cotswold stone barn profile but with an ultra contemporary finish. Use was made of the latest technologies and design styles, including lots of glass. One of the key features is a unique 90 degree UV-sealed frameless corner window glazing unit that enables the clients to make the most of stunning views over the countryside. The pool building is a sleek, contemporary structure with up-lighting and cedar cladding.

Read about the new build pool house and gym here.

Extensive refurbishment and extension to provide a stunning large family home

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