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This farmhouse in High Ham, near Langport in Somerset is nineteenth century in origin, but has been extended over the years so that it is now wide and deep, with little light reaching the centre of the house.

The client's desire for a substantial extension and new entry point were met by creating a separate volume linked to the main house by a new entrance lobby.  Together with a new bridge and landscaping features, the buildings form a semi-enclosed court providing views to the lawned gardens and countryside beyond.

In keeping with local vernacular buildings in this part of South Somerset, the materials used are Blue Lias stone (to match the existing house), render and clay tiles.

The detached nature of the extension enables windows on four sides, which allow direct sunlight to penetrate the space at all times of the day.  This, combined with an open roof formed with oak trusses and purlins, creates spacious and well-lit living accommodation. 

Traditional extension to a farmhouse near Langport, Somerset - exterior

Extension to farmhouse

Traditional extension to a house near Langport, Somerset - sketch aerial view

Sketch aerial view

House near Langport, Somerset - traditional interior

Interior view

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