I was kind enough to be invited into the home of Claire and Jolyon Maugham, who back in 2012 purchased the Grade II* listed Jack Windmill at Clayton. The site also included a 1960s house, granary and second Grade II* listed Duncton Mill.
Featherstone Young Architects were commissioned not only breathe a new lease of life to the modernist home, but to work with English Heritage and conservation societies to redevelop the Granary and restore Jack so that it could be accessed to by the Public.
The 1960's home is used by the young family as a weekend country retreat from the city. The interior spaces all have mesmerising views over the South Downs.
The main living space pictured below, and kitchen has bespoke colour block units, which nod toward the modernist home itself whilst reflecting the childhood memories of a New Zealand vernacular of which Joylon grew up in. These spaces sing their personality with beautiful antique pieces of furniture.
Joylon explained it his belief when you had over a brief, the client should take a step back and let the Architect have the creative control to realise their vision. Sarah Featherstone explains her vision as 'stripping back the granary to reveal its historical layering and create a new structure that shrouds and protects the remaining fabric. It is a modern interpretation of the original timber shed and is constructed from structural glulam with ply sheathing. The granary hosts public guided tours and this layered approach helps reveal the stories of the past.’
Images © thgreenroom & courtesy of Jack Windmill and Mill House website: http://www.jackwindmill.co.uk/