Elmfield Farm Cottages

Elmfield Farm Cottages

We have been working with Harriet and Andrew Wishart, near Canterbury for the last couple of years. We designed their new terrace of 3 loadbearing 2 storey houses, to be used as holiday lets for people with mobility difficulties and their carers, achieved Planning and Building regulation approval, and provided them with construction drawings. They are close to finishing the main part of the build after a mammoth effort throughout last year.

Elmfield Terrace
Elmfield Terrace

We ran training courses with them on site and Andrew has worked more than full time, very proficiently learning by doing whilst Harriet has also learnt lots of practical skills whilst keeping up with the kids and the animals.  We continue to support them via phone calls and emails, and eagerly await completion.

They have completed all the straw installation, finished the external lime rendering, and are now working on the clay internal plaster. They have their own Facebook page about the build and you can book to stay at the farm here.

Update: June 2013

The external lime render is finished and looking beautiful; all the windows and doors are in, and the woodwork painted. The district heating pipes are in, the drainage, rainwater harvesting tank, and the rest of the underground services – with much of the landscaping nearly finished, the cottages are looking amazing!

Inside, they have now finished the body coat of clay plaster and have been experimenting with the mix for the finish coat – Harriet was looking at including hair from their Alpacas to strengthen it! All the clay plaster has been made up from materials collected on site, much of it from the excavations for the terraces and landscaping. It’s well worth having a look at their Facebook page to see recent photographs, including the hazel peg coat hooks, the first window surround, and lots of pictures of the cottages.

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