Client: Lynne and Derek Harkin
Style: Large, open-plan oak frame extension
Location: Mold, Flintshire
During their search for a house with plenty of land, Lynne and Derek Harkin fell in love with a detached farmhouse in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in rural North Wales. With stunning views of the surrounding countryside, the couple were prepared to overlook some of the properties shortcomings in order to make the beautiful location their own.
The property had a small, dark kitchen tucked away at one end of the house, while at the opposite end of the house there was a separate single-storey garage which had been converted into self-contained accommodation by the previous owners. The couple tried to use it as guest accommodation for family and friends however the conversion was so poor, with no insulation that every winter the pipes would freeze and flood the space. Eventually they gave up using it as living space and kept it as a storage area instead.
With this end of the house having the best views of the landscape, the couple loved the idea of replacing the single-storey space with a new kitchen extension. The couple had been living in the property for a number of years by now and therefore knew what they wanted from the space.
“Our plan was to create a big family area with a kitchen, dining and living area, a home office on a mezzanine level overlooking the kitchen, a bedroom with en-suite and separate living room in the section nearest to the house”.
Plans for the new extension were drawn up and the couple got in touch with Welsh Oak Frame as they felt having exposed beams would be in keeping with the style of the original farmhouse and would add warmth and character to the new space.
The huge A-frames that form the main structure were delivered to the property on two flatbed lorries that had to navigate the small country lanes. The main structure of the extension was erected in just four days. “The team at Welsh Oak Frame were fantastic and it was very impressive to see the extension come together so fast” says Lynne.
Completed by the couple’s builder, the exterior of the extension was clad in locally sourced stone with a slate roof to match the farmhouse. Oak bi-fold doors with a large window above combine to create a fully glazed wall at the end of the room, revealing impressive countryside views.
“Although we love the cosy spaces of the original farmhouse, it’s fantastic to have the contrast of the extension with its open plan layout, high ceilings and large expanses of glazing” says Lynne. “We spend most of our time in this room now – it’s hard not to when it has the best views in the house”.