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Your Build - Winter 2017

Centor Project Focus from an UNLOVED GRANARY In 2009, Gillian and her husband pooled resources with Gillian’s parents and her sister and family to purchase an entire farm. The 72-acre plot of land came with a series of run-down buildings that noone had lived in for 40 years – but the family had big plans… Gillian explained: “We converted the Dutch Barn into garages and the stables were converted into a home for my parents. My sister and her husband and children had the farmhouse, but they had to knock it down and start again. Because of strict planning permission requirements, they had to build it exactly as it originally was. We took the granary – and were subject to the same planning restrictions.” As the director of a large construction and demolition company, Gillian is no stranger to the often unforeseen challenges of any type of building work, and she wasn’t phased by the task of rebuilding the granary. The whole project took 18 months to complete. The two-storey building was previously adjoined to the neighbouring barn by a simple corrugated shed. This ‘non-traditional’ aspect allowed Gillian to push through planning consent to replace this section of the house with a new link structure that isn’t subject to the same rigorous restrictions. HOME The journey to LIGHT-FILLED When Gillian and her family decided to buy a derelict farm in County Durham, she could only dream about the property she might eventually be able to enjoy one day. Fast-forward eight years, and Gillian has successfully converted and extended the former granary building to create a beautifully appointed and light-filled ‘forever home’ that brings her joy every day. Your Build takes a further look at this project… 16 Winter 2017


Your Build - Winter 2017
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