The Renaissance of Grange Farm Barns Grange Farm is situated close to the Buckinghamshire village of Quainton. The property was mentioned in the Doomsday book and the current buildings, which date back to the 16th century, are of great historic importance. The Farm was originally called Shipton Lee and remained in monastic possession until 1539. It subsequently changed hands several times before passing to Corpus Christi College, Oxford in the late 19th century. In 2012 in a derelict condition, Grange Farm was acquired by Romark Homes who invited North Mill Stoves to undertake installations in the four barns at the site.
The Project When we first visited Grange Farm in September 2013 the challenges that we faced were immediately apparent! Facing the dilapidated barns it was hard to imagine the glorious transformation that the buildings so deserved but Barry Tyrell of Romark Homes had a clear vision for the properties. We were determined to exceed his expectations with our contribution to the renovation.
Romark were to transform the four barns into stunning residential properties which would provide wonderful contemporary homes whilst preserving and highlighting the heritage features of the buildings. Each property possessed a unique structure and character which we aimed to both complement and enhance with the addition of the right stoves.
Wind and Wellies We began our work at Grange Farm in November 2013 with the wind swirling dramatically across the Aylesbury Vale. Winter was settling in as our engineers started to install sections of the flues through the roofs of the barns whilst Romark worked on the timber frames. We tackled the challenging height of the imposing Tithe Barn’s roof by working from one of the tallest towers that we have ever erected. It was crucial to ensure that the new twin wall flue system could be safely passed through the roof without disturbing the historic timbers and that it was adequately supported. It remained difficult to imagine how the finished barns would look when we were in the midst of all that activity.
Summer Sun Our second visit to the site was on a pleasant sunny day in August 2014. The transformation of the prestigious building was now well under way and each barn had developed a unique identity.<br/> The stunning Tythe Barn required an impressive stove despite the fact that the first floor mezzanine had created a cosy ground floor living room. With its clean lines and soft curves, the Rais Viva 120 Classic seemed to us to be the perfect addition. One which would bring balance to a heritage building that was fast becoming a fabulous contemporary home. The adjoining barn with its open galleried first floor possessed a grandeur which necessitated an equally impressive stove. The Rais Viva 120 Classic again proved to be the ideal choice and looked completely at home. It provided a beautiful focal point without dominating the room or being lost in the magnificent space. The two rear barns had smaller rooms and lower ceilings and so required a sightly different approach. We settled on the Rais Viva 98 Classic to install in both properties in order to form handsome features that brought harmony to the two remarkable yet still evolving homes.
Shining Stars The outstanding renaissance of Grange Farm has now concluded. Utilising our design skills, architectural understanding and technical knowledge we successfully completed our contribution to a highly significant project. We are proud of the results and believe that we have lent a little North Mill Stoves inspiration to four exceptional buildings.
Barry Tyrell, Romark Homes