Winner – Guernsey Design Awards 2012
Les Prevosts had gradually fallen into a semi-derelict condition, with no repairs or maintenance carried out to the buildings for many decades. The main house was no longer habitable, and the large attached barns were no longer fit for modern farming requirements.
The house was originally built in the 17th Century, and extended in the 19th Century, and contained a number of interesting historic features, such as fireplaces, original floor timbers and a granite tourelle. The brief was to incorporate the large, almost windowless barn into the domestic accommodation and to take advantage of the rural views over the fields to the north.
Careful conservation and repair saved the fireplaces, tourelle and original timberwork. A contemporary, fully glazed link connected previously isolated wings of the house together, and the roofs were thatched, as they would have been before the mid-19th Century.
The barn was opened up internally to create a stunning double-height kitchen with an upper gallery; the handrail of which is formed from the timber uprights salvaged from the remnants of a 200 year old wattle and chimney hood found in the house.
The external wall was carefully partly opened up utilising highly specialist structural techniques, to allow a new oak-framed glazed extension to be added which gives beautiful views and light to the kitchen.
New outbuildings were also constructed utilising totally reclaimed materials, which blend perfectly with the rest of the buildings.