February 21 2014
I am deeply fascinated by historic buildings. Within their rough, worn exteriors lies a treasure trove of character, which can be a huge source of inspiration to a design scheme.
Recently, we have been fortunate to embark on the renovation of another beautiful historic building; an old Cotswold pub once known as the White Hart. This project is close to home because it will be the site of the new Sims Hilditch design studio. After months of searching, we are delighted to have found a rough gem.
The building vernacular is similar to our current premises; the construction is of Bath stone with old wooden beams supporting the pitched roof tiled with traditional Cotswold stone tiles. Although the property appears run down, there is a lot of scope to retain classic features while adding contemporary style. The vision is to open up the space to create light and airy offices centred around a central kitchen-cum-meeting-area.
It takes tenacity and patience to realise a project of this scale – 5000 square feet internally plus a 3 acre garden – but a good starting point is to create a scheme that responds to the context and materials. Wood, metal and glass can lend themselves to a pared back aesthetic when combined with natural colours.
With the move-in date set for July, we’ve only just embarked on this exciting journey to reimagine a piece of Cotswold history. Watch this space for updates.