3rd Apr 2019
From the first spade in the ground to the final brush stroke, every last inch of Wallingford Farmhouse was made to measure. Since its completion, it has been the recipient of much admiration from the world of design and architecture and has featured in several high-profile publications. BarrKitchens, BarrJoinery and StuartBarr CDR are proud to be able to share some images of the end result and explain some of the precision work which went into creating it.
As our clients both have design backgrounds and are self-confessed slaves to symmetry their brief to architects Nichols Brown Webber was exacting. The exterior of the house has a picture perfect look, with the balance and proportions of a Georgian rectory and the white rendered simplicity of a Danish farmhouse. Every frame and shutter, pillar and architrave were crafted in the BarrJoinery workshop and cut to our clients own bespoke moulding designs. Traditional sliding sash windows, manufactured to heritage standards, flank the central circular windows on both sides of the house.
Wallingford Farmhouse stands out, not only because its owners have lavished every last corner of it with an expert eye and their unique flair but also because every piece of built-in cabinetry has been created to fit the space. From libraries to shoe shelves, vanity stands to drinks cabinets and cabin beds to dressing rooms, each has been designed and fitted to a unique specification.
In the large, dual aspect farmhouse kitchen sits traditional cock-bead frame cabinetry, flanking shaker style doors and flat slab drawers. Pantry style cupboards extend around the door frame, scribed to the ceiling with bespoke cornice detailing. The height of the cabinetry, not just in the kitchen but throughout the house, draws the eye upwards, adding to the already luxurious feeling of space. Set onto the natural granite worktops, at either side of the AGA, are glazed cupboards, in a traditional French dresser style.
The huge reclaimed oak topped kitchen table, also a bespoke creation from the BarrJoinery workshop, is complemented by Hans Wenger Wishbone chairs and bespoke ‘diner style’ bench seat. The flagstone floor tiles in a warm tumbled limestone and the island top, a Belgium bluestone, have both taken on their own patina, and now truly belong to the space.
The cabinetry in the boot room (or the mudroom, as it is known to our clients) reflects the kitchen in detailing but takes on a completely different feel. The walls and cabinetry are painted in ‘Invisible Green’ from Little Greene’s ‘Traditional Colours of England’ range. Shaker end panels are equipped to carry any number of riding hats and a bespoke bench seat provides the perfect hideaway for many a pair of walking boots or wellies!
The living room features simple built-in upholstered cabinetry in a fabulous orange linen. This blending fabric with cabinetry features strongly throughout the house, using tactile materials to bring life and warmth to the traditional hand painted timber in wall panels, wardrobes, bench seats, and much more.
The simple ticking fabric fronting the cupboards in the dressing room allows the garments within to air. Inside the closets, glass fronts display the drawer contents and adjustable shelving allows space for that particular season’s handbag or heel height!
From the four poster master bed to the dormitory style quadruple cabin bunks, bedrooms and bathrooms are built to perfection. The main en-suite bathroom enjoys its own small library and wardrobes include cleverly designed internals to house their user’s particular items and apparel. Of course, each one is neatly scribed to walls and ceilings and hand painted on site.
In the navy and orange bedroom, the wardrobe exhibits a diamond inlay across its doors. This detail was originally seen in the production drawing of the cupboard where it existed as a hinge fixing symbol – but our client's keen designer eye picked it up and asked for it to be incorporated into the piece. Oh, and the handles… they are in fact boat cleats!
The downstairs guest room and upstairs snug room exhibit upholstered walls – surely the ultimate in tactile luxury. This element we are delighted to say was left to the experts – leaving the Barr Group team to build around it!
There is so much more to share at this fabulous property – watch this space for more details!