Barton Farm, Siddington, Gloucestershire
A client's perspective
Raising the bar on a barn conversion
In 2012 we decided to convert a curtilage-listed former milking parlour on our land, dating back to 1862 – originally with the idea of moving into it from our much larger farm house.
We could see that the scope and complexity of the work meant it was far better handled by someone with direct experience of project management and asked Guy to take it on. We knew his reputation and were confident that he could tackle it.
We already had the architect’s drawings and he took it on from there: he obtained tenders for the work, acted as contract administrator for the project, and managed the valuations and payments. It was a particularly complicated task as we wanted to have ceiling heights of eight feet on the ground floor, and this entailed lowering the floor and adding several feet to the base of the walls.
Over a period of 12 months the barn was converted into a two-storey building, with a kitchen and living space on the ground floor, plus a huge atrium, a scullery and downstairs bathroom; upstairs, four bedrooms and two bathrooms were installed.
When we had completed the work, the estate agent informed us that it would prove far easier to sell the converted barn than the farm house, so we added five acres of land to the barn and it sold very quickly.
As well as managing the project in a highly efficient and professional way, Guy also contributed his own design ideas – not least recommending and installing a far more modern lighting than we would have done, and we’re in the interiors business. But this proved incredibly successful: everyone who viewed the property just said “Wow!”. He has a real eye for what will work, and certainly updated our ideas.
Paul Nash, Siddington, Circencester, Gloucestershire
Responsibilities of Over-see:
- Going through project information
- Producing tender package
- Main contractor selection through tender process
- Building regulation approval
- Acting as a bridge between main contractor and client
- Liaising with client
- Liaising with structural engineer
- Liaising with main contractor
- Liaising with utility supply companies for new supplies
- Managing valuations and contractor payments
- Elements of design work, planning and interior
- Filling in the gaps for detail not indicated on plans and not set out in building schedules
- General management of the project and associated processes
Challenges: floor levels – re jigging the design to obtain better floor/ceiling heights.
Duration: 12 months
Completion: December 2011
Fees: hourly / daily rate
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