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McLaren Excell reveals £216k home revamp

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King’s Road-based McLaren Excell has submitted this £216,000 overhaul of a home in Wareham for this year’s AJ Small Projects Award


The original building – a Victorian girl’s school – was converted into a house in the 1950s and the work by McLaren Excell has further transformed it into a family home.

The floor level of the house has been lowered to add bedrooms at first floor level and create a double height living space.

Merrydown by McLaren Excell

Merrydown by McLaren Excell

Source: Richard Leeney

Architect’s view

The principal living space is almost church-like in scale and arrangement, so befitting a pure and restrained selection of materials. Birch plywood, concrete, wood wool and brass are used through¬out, and recycled wood/concrete blocks create a structural spine wall which forms the stairwell to the bedrooms above and provides a backdrop to the more intimate living area. The materials used are honest, hard wearing and low in cost. They have all been left in their natural state - ‘as found’ – and, together with the pleasing rhythms of the original building, combine to make a scheme of conceptual simplicity and spatial purity.

Merrydown by McLaren Excell

Merrydown by McLaren Excell

Ground Floor Plan

Project data

Location Bere Regis, Wareham
Type of project house
Client Oliver and Janice Mills
Architect Mclaren Excell
Structural engineer Dencher Consulting Engineers
Approved building inspector Head Projects
Quantity surveyor The Draper Partnership
Main contractor David R White Building Services
Funding private
Tender date May 2014
Start on site date July 2014
Completion date June 2015
Gross internal floor area 132m2
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional
Total cost £216,000

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