Model Farm Build Quality

The build standard set by the owners of the Model Farm harnesses the supreme quality of the original Victorian courtyard design and construction. Inside, each property as an individuality with no two being exactly the same.

A preference to use reclaimed materials has helped ensure that the buildings retain the quality of the original structure. Contemporary 21st century design inside delivers a spacious barn atmosphere with superior sound and heating insulation ensuring that the properties are especially tranquil to live in and cheap to heat.

The owners of Chillesford Lodge Model Farm took the quality queue from the original Victorian architect, Frederick Barnes; a man responsible for designing railway stations and municipal buildings which are still very much in use today. The pilot holes which establish the quality of the foundations showed at least a metre of brick sat on a foot of Corraline crag. This locally excavated stone is itself something of a rarity and is the hardest sandstone to be found in the country. The church in the village has a Norman tower circa the 11th century made of Corraline crag and the quarry is still regularly visited by senior eminent geologists for whom it offers eternal fascination. The soft red brick of the Model Farm buildings along with the undulating pantile roof tiles and mix of English and Flemish bond make for an extremely attractive external finish.

After careful consideration and market research the property specifications deliver a high quality finish in all its elements. The conversion reflects luxurious modern designs and contemporary functionality, state of the art kitchens, modern bathroom designs, and fast fibre optic connections for digital media services and VHF entertainment channels. Using insulated copper pipes throughout, the oil fired heating system deploys a mix of under floor heating in living and wet rooms and conventional radiators in bedrooms. This creates contemporary climate controllable zones, and it can all be adjusted remotely via a smartphone. All living rooms also have a cosy log burner and every window is double glazed. Another key design concept was to build storage space and cupboards into every possible practical space, insulating bedrooms from living rooms, with dedicated service cupboards for boilers and laundry rooms for noisy washing machines.

Solid pewter hardware gives a luxurious and attracts finish to every door and window, with engineered oak flooring mirroring the wealth of exposed beams in the vaulted ceilings. Full height bi fold doors open out onto private garden spaces allowing residents to be as green fingered as they choose without being slaves to a lawnmower, with each garden having a small terraced area for dining al fresco.

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