Penny’s House a grade B+ listed building located south of the town of Banbridge, County Down is a superb example of a two-storey eighteenth century vernacular farmhouse of simple but pleasing proportions with detached stable buildings. In 2000, the practice completed a major restoration and extension project to the property which was in an advanced state of disrepair and dereliction. The restoration scheme reﬂected the need to preserve the architectural integrity of the building and its setting while accommodating the requirements of the new owners. The original internal arrangement has remained unaltered with the exception of the addition of a storey-and-a-half extension built to the rear of the property.
In designing the extension, careful consideration was given to scale and form. The house was comprehensively renovated and the original projecting porch to the front, which was in poor condition, was rebuilt. The rescue of this small but important building presents an exemplar to other owners of vernacular properties demonstrating that traditional vernacular buildings are capable of adaptation to modern standards, while preserving the vital contribution they make to the character of the countryside.
The project was completed in October 2000 at a cost of approximately £160,000, and was awarded with an ‘Environment and Heritage Service Award 2002 - recognising high conservation standards in listed building schemes’.