The vision for this project was quite specific: the client wanted an authentically styled estate that felt like it was built 200 years ago in the the Cotswolds, a region in the south of England. It was a substantial project. We did the grading and site infrastructure, put in two ponds, fenced the entire property, and built the house with accompanying stable. All this with the attention to detail of historically accurate cut nails, beams sourced from old mills, masonry fireplaces, and full plaster throughout the house. We could go on and on about the details, but we invite you to see for yourself.
While it is easier to have a step to the front door, we wanted the front door to be “on grade” as estate houses would have been historically. This means greater attentions needs to be paid to the grading and drainage, but we aren’t afraid of harder if the end result is better.
The house contains 9 full masonry fireplaces made from Italian limestone. They are in a modified Rumford style, taller and bigger than the original to fit the scale of room and provide better heating.
The floors featured reclaimed wood that is hand-finished with German finishes. These are water-based so that the wood doesn’t yellow over time. Also essential, particularly when using reclaimed wood, is to create a dimensionally stable sublayer. The beams throughtout the house came from Old Mills in Louisiana.