CERTIFICATE OF MERIT

CATEGORY 3

MASTER BUILDER OF THE YEAR 2002

Builder: WATERSTREET CONSTRUCTION
Client: Mr Ian McCarraher

The Barn, Old Manor Farm, Langport, Somerset was a conversion of a barn within a Grade II curtilage to provide two holiday homes and two storerooms.

The building was well refurbished with lime mortar throughout. A main foundation was needed, requiring excavation and steel to retain the building. The roof was superbly overhauled using original pan tiles and extended to cover the new kitchen. All internal features presented with tradition and quality and in keeping with the structure. Wherever possible, timber was saved to be used again and old timbers acquired and reworked. Where new timber was used, like the staircases, they were well blended in.

There were severe listed building constraints and this is an important barn being carefully brought back into use. The windows were refurbished and old beams were imported and installed. Many problems were encountered and the client had a hand in all decision making. Waterstreet Construction were constructive, enthusiastic and patient and at all times were striving to achieve top quality and a satisfactory effect. Two excellent kitchens were built and the letters already received from guests speak much for the feel of the finished product.

The client had previously had the Manor repaired by a large local firm and he described them as a “nightmare” compared with Waterstreet Construction. Another visible change was that the planning authorities had inspected the previous firms work very frequently but on this contract, restricted themselves to monthly visits with no problems arising. The builders are described by the client as the best and most professional firm he has come across. An architect drew up the plans and a structural engineer designed the extended foundation and calculated some timber beam strengths.

This was an historic level restoration of an important building carried out in an exemplary fashion by a small local building firm, creating new use for a visually magnificent structure.

This restoration and conversion is a quality jump ahead of the usual barn conversion.